Tiger Woods refuses to discuss accident in first news conference – Deadline

Tiger Woods spoke to the media for the first time since his car accident in February last year, and Tiger Woods declined to address the details of the accident, but confirmed that he is unlikely to return to full-time professional golf.

“As far as playing at tour level, I do not know when that will happen,” Woods said. “I want to play a round here and there.”

During the 38-minute press conference (see below) at the Hero World Challenge, a PGA Tour stop in the Bahamas, Woods repeatedly emphasized the pain and difficulty of recovering. Even as he began to chop and lay in the backyard, he asked the workers in his house to fill the hole with sand so he would not have to bend so far to pick up the ball. The comments from Woods were based on an interview released Monday by Golf Digest, in which he stated that he would never return to full-time progolf. He also revealed that it had been a “50-50” call about whether he should have amputated his right leg. Removing the leg “was on the table,” he said at the news conference. While he seemed calm and in good physical shape, wearing a black patterned Nike golf jersey that revealed well-conditioned arms, he told a journalist that he felt pain just sitting there. “My leg hurts and my back hurts,” he said.

A high speed was quoted by authorities in April last year in the single-car accident that took place on a residential street in Palos Verdes, California. When he returned from a video recording at a nearby golf club, Woods lost control of his SUV and swerved across several courses, tipping over into a shallow gorge next to the road. Aside from occasional social media broadcasts, Woods has not spoken publicly or done interviews since the day of the accident.

Asked several times about the crash itself, Woods declined to discuss it, saying he had spoken to investigators and that his report on the accident would be included in their reports.

He reflected on the process of undergoing an intolerable medical process, while also being the subject of intense media scrutiny. “A lot of things in my body hurt at the time,” he said. In addition to watching sports on television, he deliberately avoided seeing any coverage of his situation. “I did not want to go there yet, it was not clear.”

Woods acknowledged, “People are going to poke and cram and want to know more about my business. I understand that. They can poke and poke at me anything they want, just stay away from my family.”

The nine-month absence of Woods from the sport of golf has heralded just another dramatic chapter for the athlete, who is tied with Sam Snead with 82 all-time PGA Tour victories. He has won 15 major championships, three fewer than ever-leading Jack Nicklaus.

After jumping on stage in his 20s, Woods eventually encountered major health problems, enduring 10 surgeries for severe leg and back disorders for his own sake. He managed to return to the golf course several times after battles with injuries, and his comebacks made him even more of a TV rating and a pop culture raffle. Along the way, however, he also became a tabloid event after the spectacular public dissolution of his marriage in 2009 amid reports of several extramarital affairs. Lately, he has transformed his image into an avid father. A lasting tableau is that his kids greet him along the 18th green at Augusta National Golf Club in 2019 after Woods won the tournament, marking his recent comeback.

Woods repeatedly referred to his children during the news conference, thinking that they had known him primarily in his time of physical setbacks and the Middle Ages as opposed to the fiery fist-pumping champion who revolutionized the sports world.

“Should I expose my family to it again, should I put myself out there again?” said Woods, referring to his prospect of yet another comeback. “We had a talk in the family and we all sat down and said if this leg cooperates and I reach the point where I can play the tour, is it okay with you guys if I try to do that? Consensus was “Internally, I have not reached that point. I have not proved it to myself yet.”

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