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'I don't see myself making the climb again' | Tiger Woods on future

15-time Major winner Tiger Woods says his latest comeback from injury has been his toughest yet. ...

Ann-Marie Donelan
Ann-Marie Donelan

15:52 30 Nov 2021



'I don't see myself making the...
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'I don't see myself making the climb again' | Tiger Woods on future

Ann-Marie Donelan
Ann-Marie Donelan

15:52 30 Nov 2021

15-time Major winner Tiger Woods says his latest comeback from injury has been his toughest yet.

The 45-year-old revealed on Monday that he will "pick and choose" tournaments to play in in the future.

This follows the California native undergoing major surgery on a shattered leg after being involved in a near-fatal car crash in February.

Speaking ahead of the Hero World Challenge, which is hosted by Woods, he says the last nine months have been difficult.

"This year has been a year I'd like to turn the page on.

"It's been full of some tough memories and tough times. But it would be nice to turn the page.

"I'm lucky to be alive and also have a limb."

This was Wood's 11th surgery in a career that has seen him win an incredible 82 times.

His Masters win in 2019 has been described by many as one of the greatest ever comebacks in sport.

Scandals in his personal life, an arrest for driving under the influence in 2017 and major back surgery suggested Woods' career was all but over.

He says there is a part of him that enjoys beating the odds.

"The challenge of it is, I enjoy the challenge of getting in there and trying to push it to the next level. I enjoy that part of it.

"Maybe one day it'll be good enough where I can get out here and compete against the best players in the world."

However, Woods; who cut an emotional figure at the press conference in the Bahamas, did not seem confident he would be able to do this again.

"I've made the climb a few times, I've had a pretty good run in my career.

"I knew once I came back from the spinal fusion surgery that I still had my hands. The only thing that was holding me back was my back.

"Once I realised that that was good and it was solid, I wasn't going to have any issues, can I make a swing? Yes. I had power, didn't think I'd have power.

"All of a sudden I would play at home and shoot scores in the mid-60s, without really trying.

"Ok, this is new. Let's see if we can push this further.

"So I played in the Hero Event in 2017. Then I started playing a bit more in 2018 and started building.

"Once I started building I realised that after Tampa I could win.

"Then I proved to myself that I could take the lead in the British Open, I closed pretty good at the PGA even though I did not win.

"And then in 2019 I won the Masters.

"I don't see that type of trend going forward for me. I won't have the opportunity to practice given the condition of my leg" Woods concluded.

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