Tiger Woods has described his recovery from a car crash that left him with career-threatening injuries as more painful than anything he has experienced, and said his focus was on being able to walk on his own again.
- Tiger Woods says his rehab for multiple leg fractures and other injuries suffered in a high-speed car crash is a “different animal” to previous recoveries
- The LA County sheriff put the main cause of the crash in April as excessive speed by the 15-time golf major winner
- In a magazine interview, Woods deflected questions about his golfing future and said he was focused on rehab at his South Florida home
Woods, speaking in a Golf Digest interview published on Thursday, is no stranger to rehabilitation procedures, after having several back and knee surgeries, but admitted his latest recovery was unlike any he had undergone before.
“This has been an entirely different animal,” Woods, 45, said in the interview published on Thursday.
Woods was driving above the speed limit in February when he lost control of his vehicle, which crossed through oncoming lanes of traffic before slamming into trees off the side of a road outside Los Angeles.
On April 7, the L.A. County sheriff attributed the main causes of the crash as excessive speed and Woods’s failure to negotiate a curve in the road.
A sheriff’s spokesman also said that because there was no evidence of the vehicle braking, Woods likely pressed the accelerator accidentally rather than the brakes.
Woods was not charged over the crash.
The 15-times major champion, whose accident resulted in a three-week hospital stay, posted a photo on Instagram last month that showed him smiling, on crutches and in a walking boot.
He is recovering from open fractures to his tibia and fibula, which needed a rod inserted to aid healing, and also foot and ankle injuries that needed screws and pins placed to aid in stabilisation.
When asked about his hopes of playing golf again, Woods said he was focused on rehabilitation at his South Florida home.
“My physical therapy has been keeping me busy,” said Woods, the most successful golfer of his generation.
“I do my routines every day and am focused on my number one goal right now: walking on my own. Taking it one step at a time.”