In mid-February, before the Genesis Invitational, Woods told a press conference that he had worked primarily on chipping, putting and short irons, but hadn’t spent any time ” seriously” on his long game because of his right leg.
“I’m still working on the walking part,” Woods said at the time. “My foot was a bit damaged about a year ago so the walking part is something I’m still working on, I’m working on strength and development in that area. It takes time. Which is frustrating, c It’s not on my schedule. I want to be somewhere, but I’m not. I just have to keep working. I’m better, yes. But like I said, not at the speed and pace that I would like. You also add the age factor. You just don’t heal as fast, which is frustrating.
In mid-November, in his first public appearance since the accident, Woods questioned his ability to regain fitness that would allow him to be competitive and win on the PGA Tour.
Woods, who on November 21 published a small video on social networks of himself taking a swing, said he hopes to play competitive golf again at some point, but offered no timeline for doing so and ruled out a full-time return to the PGA Tower.
“I got that last major,” Woods said Nov. 30 at a news conference, recalling his stunning 2019 win at the Masters, golf’s most-watched event, at age 43.
Woods suffered open fractures, in multiple locations, to the tibia and fibula of his right leg. He spent a month in hospital and doctors had considered the possibility that his leg would need to be amputated.
“I had a pretty good run,” Woods said in November, then nine months after the crash. He added: “I don’t see this type of trend going forward for me. It’s going to have to be in a different way. I’m at peace with that. I’ve done the climb enough times.