Tiger Woods has said he plans to take things “ one step at a time, ” as he continues a painful recovery after his car accident in February.
The 45-year-old was operated on for open fractures to his right lower leg and further injuries to his foot and ankle after a car accident in Los Angeles.
Woods, who was found to be traveling at nearly twice the legal speed limit when he crashed, returned to his Florida home, where he underwent extensive rehabilitation.
Tiger Woods has described the rehabilitation process from his car accident as “more painful than anything I’ve ever experienced.” It was pictured last month in Jupiter, Florida
The 15-time major champion has revealed in an interview with Golf Digest, published on Thursday what the testing of his recovery regime was like, but has responded to his hopes of playing golf again.
“This has been a completely different animal,” Woods told Golf Digest. “I understand more about the rehabilitation processes because of my previous injuries, but this was more painful than anything I’ve ever experienced.”
Woods’s injuries left him open fractures in his shin and fibula in his right leg.
After the accident, Woods underwent surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
Last week, Tiger Woods made a rare appearance since his horrific car accident when he posed for a photo on crutches with a young cancer patient in Florida.
He was then transferred to Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles and then back to South Florida in mid-March to continue his rehab from home.
Woods has previously undergone five back surgeries, including spinal fusion surgery in April 2017. Woods’s current rehabilitation is focused on strengthening his right leg.
Woods has also undergone five surgeries on his left knee, starting in 2008 and most recently an arthroscopic procedure to remove scar tissue in August 2019.
“My physical therapy has kept me busy,” he added. ‘I do my routines every day and am focused on my main goal at the moment: walking alone. Do it step by step. ‘
Woods revealed that the ‘incredible’ amount of goodwill messages he had received from around the world contributed to his recovery.
‘It is unbelievable. I have had so much support from people both in and out of golf which means so much to me and has helped enormously. ‘
It is unclear at this stage if Woods will be able to regain full mobility and strength in his leg.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department explained how Woods was speeding after losing control of his car and turning to the other side of the road before hitting a tree
Police estimate that Woods was driving at 140 km / h that day in the 45 km / h zone
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department explained how Woods was speeding after losing control of his car and turning to the other side of the road before hitting a tree.
Police estimate that Woods was driving at 140 km / h that day in the 45 km / h zone.
According to police, there was not enough evidence to charge Woods, who did not undergo sobriety tests but is believed not to have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the early morning crash.
Shortly after the Masters, Woods posted a photo to his Instagram of him smiling, on crutches and in a walking boot.
‘My course is going faster than I am,’ he wrote on Instagram. “But it’s nice to have a loyal drug addict, the man’s best friend.”
Woods has two dogs, a Border Collie-Springer Spaniel mix named Bugs, who was in the photo, as well as an Australian Shepherd named Lola.
The 15-time Major winner posed outside his $ 40 million mansion in Jupiter, Florida, on his four-hole backyard practice range.
An avid softball and soccer player, Luna undergoes chemotherapy and blood and immunity-boosting shots at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach
Last week in Florida, Woods appeared rare for a photo on crutches with a young cancer patient.
The golfer smiled as he wore a leg rest next to Luna Perrone, 10, who is undergoing treatment for Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.
Luna captioned her Instagram post: ‘I had to have a chat with Tiger Woods this weekend when I ran into him on the soccer fields!
He told me to “stay strong,” which has always been my goal! Stay strong physically and mentally and inspire others to do the same! Whatever you are going through YOU HAVE THIS !!! ‘
“It’s funny because in that photo the crutches definitely make my shoulders look big!” he said. ‘Maybe it is also the training. It was nice to still stay strong and train my upper body. ‘
Woods recently acknowledged rival Phil Mickelson’s historic victory at the PGA Championship, calling it “ inspiring ” in a congratulatory post.
Really inspiring to see @PhilMickelson do it again at the age of 50. Congrats!!!!!!!’ Woods tweeted.
‘Thank you. I’m pulling for your swift return, ‘Mickelson tweeted in response.
Tiger Woods celebrates on the 18th green after winning the Masters at Augusta National Golf in April 2019. His 15th major championship win
Woods recently acknowledged rival Phil Mickelson’s historic victory at the PGA Championship, calling it ‘inspiring’ in a congratulatory post on Twitter
WOODS THOUGHT HE WAS IN FLORIDA – NOT CALIFORNIA – AFTER HIS LA COUNTY WRECK
Tiger Woods wasn’t sure where he was when a sheriff’s deputy interviewed him after his car accident in February, according to a 22-page report obtained by USA Today.
Woods was in Los Angeles for The Genesis Invitational and promotional gigs, but told the deputy he thought he was in Florida, where he is settling his permanent residence.
The report describes the conversation between Deputy Sheriff Kyle Sullivan and Woods, which took place in the hospital when Woods received stitches for an injury to his face.
“ I then asked (Woods) if he could tell me what happened to the traffic accident, ” Sullivan wrote. Woods’ told me he did not remember being involved in a traffic accident. (Woods) thought he was currently in the state of Florida. ‘
In this file photo, a tow truck recovers the vehicle driven by golfer Tiger Woods in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on February 23, 2021, after a rollover accident
Police say Woods was driving at high speed when he hit an elevated median strip, hit a wooden road sign, splintered a tree and then rolled his SUV off the wrong side of the road, where he came to a stop at the bottom of an embankment.
One page of the 22-page police report describes how the police found an empty pill bottle in a backpack in his car
The report also revealed that Woods ” blood pressure had dropped ‘too low to administer any form of pain medication’ in the immediate aftermath of the crash, seriously injuring the 82-time PGA Tour winner on his right leg.
It also confirmed that Woods was driving in a straight line when on the morning of February 23 he should have attempted to navigate a corner while speeding.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a press conference in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday that there were no signs of impairment for Woods, who will not receive any referrals or charges for the Feb. 23 crash.
“The main cause or factor for this road accident was driving at a speed unsafe for road conditions and the inability to take the curve of the roadway,” said Villanueva.
Villanueva said Woods’ Genesis SUV was running an estimated 84 to 87 mph on a stretch of road with a speed limit of 45 mph.
Woods, 45, hit an elevated median strip, crossed two oncoming traffic and uprooted a tree before rolling over at Rolling Hills Estates, just outside Los Angeles.
“ If (Woods) had used his brakes to slow his speed or steered to correct the direction of travel, he would not have collided with the center median and the collision would not have occurred, ” said Sgt. Michael Downing, according to the report.