In his first extensive interview in months, and only the second since the terrible crash, Woods is finally discussing its aftermath and direct consequences. Though no stranger to injuries, Woods admits he is “not Wolverine” and that he can’t bounce right back from the kind of injuries he sustained. His time as a pro golfer has come to an end.
“I think something that is realistic is playing the tour one day—never full time, ever again—but pick and choose,” he says in a Zoom interview with Golf Digest. “Pick and choose a few events a year and you play around that. You practice around that, and you gear yourself up for that. I think that’s how I’m going to have to play it from now on. It’s an unfortunate reality, but it’s my reality. And I understand it, and I accept it.”
Acceptance did not come easy or without struggle. Woods recalls the weeks he spent looking out the window, wondering whether he would ever go out on his own, let alone pick a golf club. He also recalls being in the hospital and thinking he’d leave on just one leg because doctors would have to amputate the other.
The accident occurred in a hilly area of California and, according to the LAPD, was caused by speeding. Woods was not impaired or distracted, but he was traveling at twice the legal speed – and he mistook the acceleration pedal for the brake when he lost control of the vehicle. The SUV was damaged completely in the crash, requiring first-responders to use the jaws of life to get Woods out of it. His right leg was completely shattered, with bones poking through.
“It could’ve been worse” is hardly ever of any consolation, but in Woods’ case, the other alternative was truly dire. He was lucky to be wearing the seat belt and to be driving a car with 10 airbags inside, which cushioned him as the vehicle rolled over.
Making progress pic.twitter.com/sVQkxEHJmq— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) November 21, 2021