MIAMI (CBSMiami/CNN) – Tiger Woods says he will never play golf full time again.
In an exclusive interview with Gold Digest, he spoke about his golfing future for the first time since his car crash earlier this year.READ MORE: Deadly Crash Shuts Down Deerfield Beach Streets; BSO Cruiser Towed From Scene
“I think something that is realistic is playing the tour one day, never full time, ever again, but pick and choose, just like Mr. (Ben) Hogan did,” Woods told interviewer Henni Koyack.
“Pick and choose a few events a year and you play around that. You practice around that, and you gear yourself up for that. And you play. I think that’s how I’m going to have to play it from now on. It’s an unfortunate reality, but it’s my reality. And I understand it, and I accept it,” he added.
Woods began the remote interview from his South Florida home by walking into the room with what he called a slight “hitch” in his stride, evidence of the serious leg injuries suffered in a car crash near Los Angeles in February.
Woods says during his grueling rehabilitation, things as simple as watching his son play or listening to birds sing have taken on greater meaning.READ MORE: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, Who Grew Up In Miami, Could Be Next US Supreme Court Justice
“I have so far to go. … I’m not even at the halfway point. I have so much more muscle development and nerve development that I have to do in my leg. At the same time, as you know, I’ve had five back operations. So I’m having to deal with that. So as the leg gets stronger, sometimes the back may act up. … It’s a tough road.”
“I’m just happy to be able to go out there and watch Charlie play, or go in the backyard and have an hour or two by myself with no one talking, no music, no nothing. I just hear the birds chirping. That part I’ve sorely missed.”
Woods has won 15 majors in his career, the last coming at the 2019 Masters. Overall, he has 82 PGA tour wins, which is tied for the most all-time with Sam Snead.
Woods will be in attendance at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas this week. The 20-man tournament benefits Woods’ foundation.MORE NEWS: Miami Twin Brothers Will Set Sail For Harvard In The Fall
(©2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company, contributed to this report.)