Golf: Tiger Woods admits he’s focusing on a remaining fling at St Andrews at subsequent 12 months’s one hundred and fiftieth Open

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Tiger Woods has lengthy described St Andrews as his favorite place on the planet to play golf. Now, the lure of the Previous Course and the one hundred and fiftieth Open in July would possibly show pivotal in retaining him from giving up the sport competitively.

After the sobering revelations in a Golf Digest interview on Monday got here an equally sensible press convention within the Bahamas on Tuesday as host of the Hero World Problem, a glitzy invitational occasion that includes 20 stars together with Bryson DeChambeau and Rory McIlroy.

In his first such gathering since his horrific automotive accident final February, Woods admitted throughout the 40-minute sit-down that his again was hurting, his proper leg was giving him gyp, and a few massive choices have nonetheless to be made as to how far he desires to push himself in a bid to return to the sport as soon as extra.

Woods won the 2000 Open to complete the career Grand Slam

The lure of July’s one hundred and fiftieth Open could preserve Tiger Woods from giving up aggressive golf

Woods revealed earlier this week he will not play full time again following a horrific car crash

Woods revealed earlier this week he won’t play full time once more following a horrific automotive crash

‘I can hit a couple of photographs, I can chip and putt, however I’m so removed from going on the market and competing in opposition to the world’s greatest,’ he revealed. 

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‘I’ve an extended method to go to get to that time and I haven’t determined whether or not or not I need to get to that time. I’ve an extended method to go within the rehab course of and it’s not the enjoyable half. It’s reps and breaking apart scar tissue and issues that basically harm.’

The very fact the Open is returning to the Previous Course in what sounds a believable timeframe would possibly assist him cope with the ache.

‘Yeah, I might like to be at St Andrews, there’s little doubt about that,’ he enthused. ‘To be a two-time champion there, simply being a part of the champions’ dinner is absolutely neat. Bodily, hopefully I can play, however I’ve received to get there first. Event’s not going to go anyplace, however I have to get there.’

But the Open returning to the Old Course in St Andrews might help him deal with rehab pain

However the Open returning to the Previous Course in St Andrews would possibly assist him cope with rehab ache

Whereas it was no shock to listen to Woods say on Monday that he wouldn’t play full-time once more — even earlier than his newest accidents, he’d hardly carried out that for the previous decade — it’s clear there are many hurdles to beat merely for his declared goal to compete right here and there.

‘I need to do what Mr Hogan did after his unhealthy automotive accident,’ he stated, referring to Ben Hogan’s miracle restoration from a near-fatal smash in 1949 to play a handful of occasions annually and win 5 majors. 

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Hogan, although, was 35 and wholesome when he had his accident. Woods was a decade older and had 5 knee surgical procedures and 5 operations on his again earlier than the harm to his proper leg that he stated was far better and extra painful than something he had gone by way of earlier than.

Woods want to do what Ben Hogan (above) did following his a near-fatal smash in 1949

Woods need to do what Ben Hogan (above) did following his a near-fatal smash in 1949

Six months after his accident, Hogan was effectively sufficient to journey the Atlantic and captain America’s Ryder Cup aspect at Ganton. On the identical juncture, Woods had simply progressed from a wheelchair to strolling on crutches.

‘I’ve received a fairly good home however I by no means realised how massive it was till I began having to go round it on crutches,’ he stated, wittily.

Hogan returned to the sport a 12 months after his smash on the Los Angeles Open at Riviera. That’s the event now referred to as the Genesis Open that Woods will host in February and one which will even mark the one-year anniversary of his accident. 

Whereas it is going to be staged in Hollywood, there appears no prospect of any fairytale Hoganesque return on that date.

Woods, although, is at peace with what lies forward. In spite of everything he’s been by way of, it’s hardly shocking that he’s having no hassle with perspective. After first being grateful for being alive, he had three months the place he lay in mattress immobilised, throughout which era it was ‘contact and go’ whether or not he would lose his proper leg.

Now he has progressed to the purpose the place he can get pleasure from regular household life; get pleasure from watching his son Charlie play golf and his daughter Sam play soccer. Questioning whether or not he’ll ever tackle the world’s greatest once more can look forward to additional down the road.

‘At this level, I’m simply very grateful that somebody upstairs was taking good care of me, that I’m right here and I’m additionally in a position to stroll and not using a prosthesis,’ he stated.

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