The golf world has no idea if or when Tiger Woods will ever return to the PGA Tour, and that likely includes Woods himself. No stranger to injuries, Woods is undergoing the most difficult rehab of his life, three months after being involved in a serious car accident. 

“This has been an entirely different animal,” Woods told Golf Digest. “I understand more of the rehab processes because of my past injuries, but this was more painful than anything I have ever experienced.”

Woods underwent emergency surgery on Feb. 23 when he was found unconscious in his SUV. The 45-year-old had an operation to repair comminuted open fractures to his tibia and fibula bones in his right leg. It’s unknown if Woods will need more surgeries or regain full strength in his leg.

Woods had no comment to Golf Digest when asked about potentially golfing again.

“My physical therapy has been keeping me busy,” Woods 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.”

Woods had a lengthy stay at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Three weeks after the accident, the golfer announced that he had returned to his home in Florida to continue his recovery.

 

 

With the exception of a few social media posts, Woods has remained relatively quiet since the crash. The 15-time major winner posted a picture of himself with crutches and his right leg in a cast on April 23. There have been reports from professional golfers who have spoken with Woods and appear to be encouraged by his recovery.

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker recently said he wants Woods to attend the event in September as a vice captain. Woods wouldn’t commit either way, and Stricker noted that Woods had “some ways to go” in his rehab.

Woods hasn’t competed at an event in 2021. He was last seen golfing with his son in December at the PNC Championship.

Shortly after the PNC Championship, Woods underwent his fifth back surgery in less than a decade.

Tiger Woods may have inadvertently hit the car's accelerator while attempting to press the brakes upon losing control, police believe Tiger Woods may have inadvertently hit the car's accelerator while attempting to press the brakes upon losing control, police believe Photo: AFP / Mladen ANTONOV