Tiger Woods speaks three months after car accident saw him break leg

‘This is more painful than anything I have ever experienced’: Tiger Woods speaks out three months after his car accident which saw him break several bones in his leg with no plans on whether he will return to the game anytime soon

  • Tiger Woods has described the rehabilitation process from his car accident as ‘more painful than anything I have ever experienced’
  • Woods has been recovering from open fractures to both his tibia and fibula bones in his right leg
  • He said that his recovery ‘has been an entirely different animal’ to that of numerous injuries in the past
  • Woods has not given any updates on a possible return to golf and is focusing on getting around without the use of crutches
  • 82-time PGA Tour winner is no stranger to rehabilitation having undergone five back surgeries and multiple left knee surgeries in the past

Tiger Woods has said he intends to take things ‘one step at a time’ as he continues a painful recovery following his car accident in February.

The 45-year-old had surgery on open fractures to his lower right leg and further injuries to his foot and ankle following a single-vehicle crash in Los Angeles.

Woods, who was found to be traveling at almost twice the legal speed limit when he crashed, returned to his home in Florida, where he has been undergoing extensive rehabilitation.

Tiger Woods has described the rehabilitation process from his car accident as ‘more painful than anything I have ever experienced.’ He is pictured st home in Jupiter, Florida last month

The 15-time major champion has revealed in an interview with Golf Digest, published on Thursday, how testing his recuperation regime was, but has commented on his hopes of playing golf again.

‘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’ injuries left him with open fractures to his tibia and fibula bones in his right leg. 

Following the accident, Woods underwent surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

Last week Tiger Woods has made a rare appearance since his horror car crash as he posed for a photo on crutches with a young cancer sufferer 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 operations, including spinal-fusion surgery in April 2017. Woods’ current rehab is focused on strengthening his right leg. 

Woods has also had five surgeries on his left knee beginning in 2008 and most recently an arthroscopic procedure to clear scar tissue in August 2019. 

‘My physical therapy has been keeping me busy,’ he added. ‘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.’

Woods revealed the ‘incredible’ amount of goodwill messages he had received from around the world has helped motivate his recovery.

‘It’s been incredible. I have had so much support from people both inside and outside of golf which means so much to me and has helped tremendously.’

It is unclear at this stage whether Woods will be able to regain full mobility and strength in his leg.  

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department detailed how Woods was speeding after he lost control of his car and veered onto the other side of the road before striking a tree

Police estimate that Woods was driving as fast as 87mph in the 45mph zone that day

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department detailed how Woods was speeding after he lost control of his car and veered onto the other side of the road before striking a tree.  

Police estimate that Woods was driving as fast as 87mph in the 45mph zone that day. 

According to police, there wasn’t enough evidence to charge Woods, who didn’t undergo sobriety testing, but is not believed to have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the early-morning crash.  

Soon after the Masters, Woods posted a picture to his Instagram which showed him smiling, on crutches and in a walking boot.

‘My course is coming along faster than I am,’ he wrote on Instagram. ‘But it’s nice to have a faithful rehab partner, 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 $40million mansion in Jupiter, Florida, on his four-hole backyard practice course. 

Luna, a keen softball and soccer player, is undergoing chemotherapy and blood and immunity-boosting shots at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach

Last week Woods made a rare appearance posing for a photo on crutches with a young cancer sufferer in Florida.

The golfer smiled while wearing a leg support alongside Luna Perrone, 10, who is undergoing treatment for Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

Luna captioned her Instagram post: ‘I got to have a quick chat with Tiger Woods this weekend when I bumped into him at 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! No matter what you are going through YOU GOT THIS!!!’  

‘It’s funny because in that photo, the crutches definitely make my shoulders look big!’ he said. ‘Maybe it’s the workouts, too. It’s been nice having the ability to still stay strong and work out my upper body.’

Woods recently acknowledged longtime rival Phil Mickelson’s historic win at the PGA Championship calling it ‘inspirational’ in a congratulatory post.

‘Truly inspirational to see @PhilMickelson do it again at 50 years of age. Congrats!!!!!!!’ Woods tweeted.

‘Thank you. I’m pulling for your quick return,’  Mickelson tweeted in response.

Tiger Woods celebrates on the 18th green after winning the Masters at Augusta National Golfin April 2019. His 15th major championship win

Woods recently acknowledged longtime rival Phil Mickelson’s historic win at the PGA Championship calling it ‘inspirational’ 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 one-car crash in February, according to a 22-page report obtained by USA Today.

Woods was in Los Angeles for The Genesis Invitational and promotional appearances but told the deputy that he thought he was in Florida, where he makes his permanent residence.

The report details the conversation between deputy Kyle Sullivan and Woods, which took place at the hospital as Woods was receiving stitches for an injury to his face.

‘I then asked (Woods) if he is able to tell me about what happened regarding the traffic collision,’ Sullivan wrote. Woods ‘told me he did not remember being involved in a traffic collision. (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 travelling at high speed when he hit a raised central reservation, smashed through a wooden road sign, splintered a tree and then rolled his SUV off the wrong side of the road where it came to rest at the bottom of an embankment

One of the pages of the 22-page police report describes how police found an empty pill bottle in a backpack in his car 

The report also revealed that Woods’ blood pressure had fallen ‘too low to administer any type of pain medication’ in the immediate aftermath of the crash, which left the 82-time PGA Tour winner with serious injuries to his right leg.

It also confirmed that Woods was driving in a straight line when he should have attempted to navigate a curve while speeding on the morning of Feb. 23.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Wednesday at a press conference in downtown Los Angeles that there were no signs of impairment for Woods, who will not face any citations or charges for the crash on Feb. 23.

‘The primary cause or factor for this traffic collision was driving at a speed unsafe for the road conditions and inability to negotiate the curve of the roadway,’ Villanueva said.

Villanueva said Woods’ Genesis SUV was traveling an estimated 84 to 87 mph on a stretch of road that has a speed limit of 45 mph.

Woods, 45, struck a raised median, crossed through two oncoming lanes and uprooted a tree before rolling over in Rolling Hills Estates, just outside of Los Angeles.

‘Had (Woods) applied his brakes to reduce 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, per the report.

Reuters

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