Woods ‘far off’ from returning to high-level golf – Sports

Published on February 17, 2022 07:30

Golf superstar Tiger Woods remains confident he will return to top-flight competition.

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Golf superstar Tiger Woods remains confident of his return to top-level competition, but the timeline remains a mystery a year after a car crash left him with devastating leg injuries .

“I can come back, yes,” Woods said Wednesday on the eve of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club, where the 15-time major champion is hosting the tournament.

The 46-year-old reiterated that he does not plan to play a full US PGA Tour schedule and admitted that so far he has no idea when he will be ready to return.

“I wish I could tell you when I play again,” Woods said. “I want to know, but I don’t.

“My golf activity has been very limited. I can chip and putt very well and hit the short irons very well, but I haven’t done any serious long stuff,” he added.

Woods’ comments will dampen expectations that he could make a miraculous return for the Masters at Augusta National in April.

Woods excited fans with an appearance alongside his son Charlie at the PNC Championship in Florida in December.

But he said the family-oriented event was far from a true golf tournament, including allowing the use of golf carts.

Walking a tournament course through practice rounds, pro-am rounds and tournament rounds would always be beyond him, Woods said.

“I’m still working on walking,” he said, “working on strength and development in that area. It takes time.

“The frustrating thing is that it’s not my schedule,” Woods said. “I want to be in a certain place, but I’m not. I just have to keep working. I’m improving, yes, but like I said, not at the speed and pace that I would like.

“You also add the age factor. You just don’t heal as quickly, which is frustrating.”

– Every day a fight –

Woods said his work on the driving range was limited because this practice “involves more loading, more leg torque.”

“I can play warrior golf on the weekends, it’s easy,” Woods said. “But to be able to be here and play, call it six rounds of golf – a practice round, pro-am, four days of competition – it’s the cumulative effect of all of that. I’m not able to do that yet. that.” . I’m still working to get to this point.

Woods, who has battled serious knee and back injuries throughout his career, showed no indication he had lost his appetite for battle.

“Every day is a fight,” Woods said. “And I’m looking forward to this fight. Get up in the morning, let’s go for a few more rounds.”

And despite his frustration with the length of his final recovery, Woods said he considers himself “very lucky” to be where he is after fearing he could lose his right leg after suffering two compound fractures.

He underwent multiple surgeries to repair his leg after the SUV he was driving went off the road in the Los Angeles suburb of Ranchos Palos Verdes, flipping over several times.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department found “dangerous” speeding to be the primary cause of the early morning crash.

“I’m very lucky, very lucky,” Woods said. “I didn’t know if I was going to have my right leg or not. So to be able to have my right leg still there is huge. I still have a lot of issues with it, but it’s mine and I’m very grateful for that.”

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