Sunday was the first time Tiger had taken stock of his condition since an interview in May where he said recovering from a car accident was as painful as anything he had endured.
One swing, two words and three seconds a video That’s all it took for Tiger Woods to get everyone talking about his future on the golf course on Sunday.
Woods hadn’t made a public comment on the injuries from his Feb. 23 car crash in Los Angeles since May, and he didn’t have much to offer on Twitter.
“Making progress” was all he said, accompanied by video of a smooth swing with a wedge. Woods wore a black compression sleeve over his right leg, along with a large bucket half-filled with golf balls on a driving range.
He also had a launch monitor behind him that measures measurements such as distance and ball speed.
Woods was recovering from another back surgery earlier this year when he rolled his SUV over a midline and rolled over a steep hill on a twisty, twisty road in the then Los Angeles suburbs. that he was on his way to a television shoot on a golf course. Doctors said he broke the tibia and fibula bones on his right leg in several places. These were stabilized by a rod in the tibia. A combination of screws and pins were used to stabilize additional ankle and foot injuries.
In an interview published May 27 in Golf Digest, with which Woods has a financial agreement, he described the rehab from this operation as “more painful than anything I have ever experienced.” He said that at the time his top priority was to “walk on my own”.
He’s already dealt with it, with videos on social media last month showing him walking on golf courses at junior events.
Woods has not played since the PNC Championship with his son, Charlie, last December. His last full tournament was the Masters a year ago in November.
It was not clear why Woods posted the video on Sunday. It hosts the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas the week after Thanksgiving.
Woods has had 10 surgeries – four on the left knee, five on the lower back and the most recent for crush injuries from the February car crash. He will be 46 on December 30.
He won a third US Open in 2008 while competing on torn ligaments in his left knee and a double stress fracture, and he returned from lower spine fusion surgery in 2017 winning a fifth Masters in 2019.
His last victory was the Zozo Championship in Japan in the fall of 2019, giving him 82 for his career on the PGA Tour to tie Sam Snead for the all-time record.