Tiger Woods has admitted that he’s nonetheless ‘a great distance’ from a return to aggressive golf – however believes he’ll play once more on tour sooner or later.
Marking the primary anniversary of the horrific automobile crash that nearly value him his life, the 46 yr previous let loose a deep sigh when requested whether or not he had a date or a match in thoughts for his return.
‘Man, I want I might let you know when I’ll play once more,’ he stated. ‘I’m nonetheless engaged on the strolling half. My proper leg was fairly banged up, as you realize. It appears to be like quite a bit totally different to my left one, let’s say that. I’m high quality on the treadmill. I might stroll all day on that, but it surely’s all of the undulations you discover on a course and all the opposite elements that’s a totally totally different matter. It’s clear that I nonetheless have an extended solution to go.’
Tiger Woods admitted that he’s nonetheless ‘a great distance’ from a return to aggressive golf
Woods is the host on the Genesis Invitational at Riviera this week, just some miles from the place the accident occurred. He appeared to be transferring with extra ease than he did in December, when final seen in public.
He additionally sounded extra upbeat concerning the arduous journey that continues to be forward. In December he stated he wasn’t certain whether or not he needed to place his physique by all of the ache to attempt to play once more on tour however, ten weeks down the street, he was much more optimistic.
‘I’m making progress and I’ve acquired quite a bit stronger,’ stated Woods, who made his PGA Tour debut on this occasion 30 years in the past. ‘Each day is a battle however it’s one which I welcome. I just like the problem, and I like going a couple of rounds.’
Woods sustained numerous accidents when he was concerned in a near-fatal automobile crash final yr
The golf legend’s automobile flipped over a number of occasions through the horror crash out in California
Woods stated his chipping and placing is in good order however he’s nonetheless unable to place in any critical work on his lengthy recreation. ‘It’s all of the torque and twisting and my proper leg isn’t as much as that but,’ he stated. ‘I’m getting there, simply not on the velocity that I would really like, and then you definitely’ve acquired the age issue. Do I feel I can play a couple of occasions right here and there sooner or later? Sure, I do.’
Tiger was clearly buoyed by the Mother or father and Little one exhibition occasion he performed simply earlier than Christmas in Orlando, the place he rode in a cart between photographs and the place he and his son Charlie completed second. ‘They have been two of the best days ever,’ he stated.
He additionally enthused concerning the occasion forward, beginning at the moment and that includes the entire world’s high ten, with Rory McIlroy aptly describing it as ‘one of many can’t miss occasions on tour.’ The 32 yr previous is in Hollywood following a primary journey residence to the Northern Eire model for 2 years.
One yr on Woods admits he’s nonetheless not shut to creating an emotional return to the game
‘It was nice to introduce my daughter to her prolonged household for the primary time, and a very nice solution to recover from the frustration of Dubai,’ he stated, referring to his 18th gap debacle in his final occasion, the place he tossed away the prospect of successful with a shot into the water on the entrance of the inexperienced.
‘It was clearly a nasty swing at a nasty time however I did plenty of issues nicely that week and I’ve been engaged on the few issues that I didn’t like,’ added McIlroy, whose run of constant type has seen him again on the planet’s high 5 for the primary time in two years.
‘The sport feels in actually fine condition, to be sincere. It’s an actual deal with to play a storied course like this one.’
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