By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) – Tiger Woods had nothing to say about the February car crash that shattered his right leg let alone what his future in golf has in store for him except that he’s far away to decide if he can compete with the best.
“I can show up here and I can host an event, I can play a par 3 course, I can hit a few shots, I can steal and putt,” he said on Tuesday. “But we’re talking about going out there and playing against the best in the world on the toughest golf courses in the toughest conditions.
“I’m so far from this.”
Woods spoke to the media for the first time since his Feb. 23 crash on a twisty road in the Los Angeles coastal suburbs. Police said he was driving at least 84 mph when he drove through a median and his SUV rolled down a hill.
Asked about his recollections of the crash, Woods replied curtly, “All of the above answered in the investigation, so you can read all of that in the police report.” When asked if he had had any flashbacks to the trauma, he replied, “I haven’t, no. Very lucky that way.
He also felt lucky to be alive and still have his right leg, and to be able to walk into the Albany Golf Club press center without visibly limping.
Woods is the host of the Hero World Challenge tournament, which begins Thursday for 20 elite players in an unofficial holiday event he has been hosting for two decades.
Woods had said he would never play full time again, but he could always pick a few tournaments a year. He said the return of the Masters, which he won in 2019 after lower back fusion surgery, was too far away to know he could play.
“I don’t foresee that this leg will ever be what it was, so I’ll never have its back what it was, and the clock is ticking,” said Woods, who turns 46 on Dec. 30.
“I have already stopped having surgeries, had long layoffs and have already won or almost won. So I know the recipe, ”he said. “I just have to get to a point where I feel comfortable enough that I can do it again.”
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