Tiger Woods Reveals His Focus in Rehab Is Walking Without Help, Not Returning to Golf

It has been three months since Woods sustained serious leg injuries in a single-car crash near LA

Tiger Woods during the final round of the PNC Championship at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club in 2020.
Tiger Woods during the final round of the PNC Championship at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club in 2020.
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Speaking on the record for the first time since he sustained career-threatening injuries in a single-vehicle crash outside Los Angeles three months ago, Tiger Woods revealed to Golf Digest that he is focusing on walking on his own in rehab, not returning to the golf course.

Woods, who has previously underwent five back and five knee surgeries and is no stranger to the rehabilitation process, is focused on strengthening his badly injured right leg, which suffered comminuted open fractures to the tibia and fibula bones in the crash.

“This has been an entirely different animal,” Woods said of rehabbing the injuries, which may require additional surgery in the future. “I understand more of the rehab processes because of my past injuries, but this was more painful than anything I have ever experienced.”

Though Woods didn’t comment when asked about a potential return to golf, he did reveal a goal he has in mind.

“My physical therapy has been keeping me busy,” he said. “I do my routines every day and am focused on my No. 1 goal right now: walking on my own. Taking it one step at a time.”

It hasn’t been easy for Woods, and he still has a lot of work to do, but the support he is getting has been a huge help. “It’s been incredible,” he said. “I have had so much support from people both inside and outside of golf which means so much to me and has helped tremendously.”

Woods, 45, was in the hospital for three weeks after his crash. The 15-time major winner was going 84 mph in a 45 mph zone when he lost control of his Genesis SUV and was still going 75 mph when he hit a tree. Even if he never returns to the golf course again, Woods is still a lucky man.

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