‘I don’t have much left in this leg’: Fragile Tiger Woods, 46, seems to hint that he is nearing retirement as he admits he can only play majors in the future – as he insists ‘I can always hit any shot you want…just don’t walk!’
- Tiger Woods nearly had his right leg amputated after his car crash in 2021
- The 46-year-old made a miraculous return to the Masters course in April
- He withdrew from the PGA Championship and failed to qualify for the Open
- The legend also withdrew from the Hero World Challenge with plantar fasciitis
- He revealed he struggled to walk the course but refused to use a cart
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Tiger Woods seemed to admit he might not be able to play any longer as he continues to struggle with the injuries he sustained to his right leg.
The 15-time major champion made a fairytale return to golf at the Masters in April, just 14 months after his horrific car crash that nearly cost him his right leg.
Woods then played in both the PGA Championship and the 150th Open, retiring to Southern Hills after posting his worst score in the event on Saturday and failing to make the cut at St Andrews.
Tiger Woods seemed to admit he might not be able to play any longer
The 46-year-old suffered from his right leg at the PGA Championship, eventually retiring
Ahead of the Hero World Challenge, which he is hosting in the Bahamas this week, the 46-year-old seemed to suggest he didn’t have much time left.
“The goal is to play the majors and maybe one or two more,” he said. “Physically, that’s all I can do. I don’t have much left in this leg.
Woods was due to make his first appearance since his likely last stroll around the Old Course in July during the Hero World Challenge this week, but pulled out on Monday afternoon after suffering from plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
Woods, the tournament host, has announced that he is withdrawing from the Hero World Challenge
He has since revealed that his game was not the problem but rather the sidestepping of the course. He said, “I can hit any shot you want, I just can’t walk.
“I had a few setbacks throughout the year, which I was still able to play. But this one, I can’t. Only time can heal this one.
He added that he was able to shoot “four, five, six, seven under par at home in a golf cart”, but reiterated that walking is a challenge.
Woods received an iconic reception as he rolled up the famous 18th at St. Andrews
Woods declined offers to use a golf cart during competitive rounds and reiterated that he would never compete on the PGA Tour – but would on the PNC Championship and Champions Tour.
He added that he even voted against Casey Martin’s access to a golf cart because he thinks it’s part and parcel of championship golf.
This week’s 20-player event was set to be the first event of the ‘Season of the Tiger’, with the 15-time major championship taking part in three events in December – the Hero World Challenge, followed by The Match and the PNC Championship. Woods said he still intends to compete in the final two events.
Tiger Woods and 13-year-old son Charlie return to PNC Championship in December
Woods will play for the third time in the PNC Championship, a 20-team event for winners of the majors or Players Championship and a child or parent, along with his 13-year-old son, Charlie.
He revealed that he didn’t expect the event to be too taxing on his injuries, as he intended to let Charlie do most of the work.
Revealing Team Woods’ game plan, he said: “Father-son week will be easy.” Charlie will hit all the shots and I’ll put the putts out of the hole.