Tiger Woods holds first press conference since nearly losing his life in horror car crash

Tiger Woods admits he’s lucky to be alive after his horrific car crash, but he intends to return to golf and would like to be featured in The Open in 2022.

The 45-year-old, 15-time major winner, was in constant pain as he addressed his first press conference since the February crash.

Woods, who recovered remarkably from back surgery to win his 15th major Masters title in 2019, spoke of the “dark times” he went through while recovering from a single vehicle crash .

He had to undergo surgery on open fractures in his lower right leg and other injuries to his foot and ankle and at one point said he feared his right leg might be amputated.

“It was on the table,” he said at the Hero World Challenge event he is hosting in Albany. “I’m lucky to be alive, but I still have the limb as well. These are two crucial things.

“I am very grateful that someone upstairs is taking care of me, that I can not only be here, but also walk without a prosthesis.”

Woods, who was traveling at nearly double the legal speed limit when he crashed, spent three months confined to a hospital bed before being transferred to a wheelchair and then on crutches.

“It’s been a lot of hard work,” he said. “There were some really tough times just lying there. I was in a hospital bed for three months.

“It’s hard to explain how hard it was to be still for three months. I just couldn’t wait to get out, it was one of my goals.

“I just couldn’t wait to get out. Eventually I got to a point where they could wheel me out and I could feel the sun, it was like a milestone.

“I built a really nice house, but didn’t realize how big it was until you started putting on crutches. I’m on the best side but still have a long way to go.

Woods, who has dodged questions about the actual crash, says he is “at peace” with his rehab and intends to return to play but does not set a target date.

“As for playing at Tour level, I don’t know when it’s going to happen,” he said.

“I’m going to play a trick here and there, flick and laugh, I can do something like that.”

“The USGA suggests playing forward, I really like that idea now. Seeing some of my shots fall from the sky much shorter than before has opened my eyes, but at least I’m able to do it again. C “Is something. For a moment, it didn’t look like I was going to do it.”

“I am able to play golf – now at what level, I don’t know. I will keep you posted.

When asked if playing the 150th Open at St Andrews was a possibility, Woods replied: “I would love to play at St Andrews, no doubt about it. It is my favorite golf course in the world.

“Physically, I hope I can. I have to get there first. The tournament is not going anywhere but I have to get there.

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