Tiger Woods Gives Update on Potential of Return

By Nhat Hoang
Nhat Hoang
Nhat Hoang
February 18, 2022 Updated: February 18, 2022

Tiger Woods gave an update of his current state of recovery and the possibility of returning to play on the PGA tour during a press conference as the long-time host of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California, on Feb. 16.

“I can walk on a treadmill all day. It’s easy,” Woods said. “It’s just straight and there’s no bumps in the road. But walking on the golf course with undulations, I have a long way to go.”

The 15-time major winner, Woods stated that his long road to recovery has been “tough,” following a car accident a year ago on the morning of Feb. 23, 2021, following the very same Genesis Invitational.

Woods was driving alone when his a sponsor-provided vehicle rolled over on Hawthorne Blvd. in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Woods had no recollection of the accident due to head trauma and broke bones in both legs, including a compound fracture that was in question of possible amputation.

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A tow truck recovers the vehicle driven by golfer Tiger Woods,after a rollover accident in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., on Feb. 23, 2021. (Frederic J. Brown/Getty Images)

Woods was raised with religious faith and had previously stated, “Buddhism teaches me to stop following every impulse and to learn restraint. Obviously, I lost track of what I was taught.”

“But I’ve gotten here, I’ve gotten this far,” he added. “Man, I still have a long way to go. Each and every day is a fight.”

Woods said at the Riviera Country Club he had been desperate to rehabilitate to be able to play with his 12 year-old son, Charlie, for the PNC Championship by December 2021.

The duo did play and finished second behind John Daly and his son.

The ecstatic Woods said of the championship, “We had the best time ever,” although he wished had been able to walk the fairways side-by-side with Charlie; Woods was given the privilege of using a cart to navigate the course.

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Tiger Woods and Charlie Woods celebrate a birdie on the 12th hole during the final round of the PNC Championship at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club Grande Lakes, in Orlando, on Dec. 19, 2021. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

“I can chip and putt really well, and hit short hours very well,” Woods said. “But I haven’t done any long stuff seriously. So I’m still working like at the PNC. I’m still working on the walking part.”

The 46-year-old Woods added that he is improving, but not at the pace he was hoping for, due to the “age factor … which is frustrating. I want to be at a certain place but I’m not. And I just got to continue working.”

Arguably the greatest golfer in history, Woods concluded that he plans to play certain events, majors and others.

“But on a full time level, that will never happen again,” he said.

Nhat Hoang