Tiger Woods has signalled his intention to return to the PGA Tour, but couldn’t commit if it would be in 2022 after his life-threatening car accident.
The 15-time major winner was speaking on CBS broadcast of the PGA Tour’s Genesis Invitational in Pacific Palisades and was adamant he would return to golf.
The 45-year-old required surgery on open fractures to his lower right leg and further injuries to his foot and ankle after the single-vehicle accident in February 2021, and said at one point he feared that his leg could be amputated.
And while fans have seen Woods playing casual golf since the injury, he isn’t sure when he will be back.
“You’ll see me on the PGA Tour; I just don’t know when,” Woods told Jim Nantz when asked if it was fair to say he would play on the Tour in 2022.
“Trust me, I’d love to tell you that I will be playing next week, but I don’t know when.”
Tiger Woods unsure on when he’ll return
Woods admitted he wasn’t recovering as quickly as he would have liked.
But, he didn’t completely rule out returning in time for the the April 7-10 Masters.
“I don’t know,” Woods told Nantz.
Woods said he had been very hard to return to the Tour, but doesn’t want to just make up the numbers when he returns.
“I’ve been working my butt off for the last 10 months even to get myself into this position,” Woods added.
“It’s been a tough road and I’ve still got a long way to go.
“The great thing is, as I’ve said earlier, I’m able to hit golf balls.
“I’m able to play in the father-son, and play with my son, albeit in a cart.
“I’m able to do that.
“All in all, very lucky to have this opportunity to be able to do this.”
Woods was a non-playing host at the Genesis Invitational last year where, two days after the final round, the vehicle he was driving veered across the opposite lanes, collided with a road sign and rolled several times before coming to rest.
The accident resulted in a three-week hospital stay for Woods, when he faced the possibility of having his right leg amputated, followed by three months where he was confined to a hospital-type bed at his home in South Florida.