Tiger Woods remains unable to commit to a playing return other than being a “weekend warrior” because one of his legs remained “altered” as a result of last year’s serious car crash.
Nearly 12 months after the former world No.1 had to be cut from the wreck of his vehicle in California, Woods said he was “still working on the walking part” and didn’t know when he would be able to make a tournament return.
Woods has already said he won’t make a full-time return to the PGA Tour, but as he prepared to host his tournament in California, he said he would play again.
“I wish I could tell you when I’m playing again. I want to know, but I don’t,” he said.
“Will I come back? Yes. Will I come back and play a full schedule? No.
“My golf activity has been very limited. I can chip and putt really well and hit short irons very well, but I haven’t done any long stuff seriously.
“I’m still working on the walking part. My foot was a little messed up there about a year ago, so the walking part is something that I’m still working on, working on strength and development in that.
“What’s frustrating is it’s not at my timetable. I want to be at a certain place, but I‘m not. I’ve just got to continue working. I’m getting better, yes, but as I said, not at the speed and rate that I would like. You add in the age factor, too. You just don’t quite heal as fast, which is frustrating.”
Woods played with his son, Charlie, and the PNC Championship last December but had to use a golf cart to get around. He said he was yet to play a round not in a cart because of the impact of the car crash on his right leg, which he feared he might lose.
“It‘s altered. My right leg does not look like my left, put it that way,” he said.
“I can play weekend warrior golf, that’s easy. But to be able to be out here and play, call it six rounds of golf, a practice round, pro-am, four competitive days, it‘s the cumulative effect of all that. I’m not able to do that yet. I’m still working on getting to that point.”
Woods said his competitive drive remained but every day was a “fight” to get to the shape he needed to be in to play.
“I can walk on a treadmill all day, that’s easy. That’s just straight, there’s no bumps in the road. But walking on a golf course where there’s undulations, I have a long way to go,” he said
“My leg was not in very good position there about a year ago and I’ve had to work through a lot of different operations and a lot of different scenarios. It’s been tough, but I’ve gotten here, I’ve gotten this far and I still have a long way to go.
“Each and every day’s a fight and I welcome that fight. Get up in the morning, let’s go a few more rounds.”