Tiger Woods posted a teasing video to social media before admitting that he will never be a full-time golfer again following February’s major car accident that left him with serious leg injuries.
The 15-time major champion sustained broken bones in both of his legs and compound fractures in the single vehicle collision.
Woods had spent months in a hospital bed recovering but this week teased about a return to golf with a two-second clip of him driving a ball.
The short video was the first footage of Woods playing golf or on a course since the accident but during a Zoom interview with Golf Digest the 45-year-old hosed down excitement about a return to the tour.
“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 said.
“Pick and choose a few events a year and you play around that. You practice around that, and you gear yourself up for that.
“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.”
Woods admitted he feared may lose a leg following the accident where his vehicle sustained major damage.
The former world number one returned from back surgery in 2015 to win the 2019 Masters - his first major triumph in more than a decade - but he clarified he wasn’t aiming for such lofty heights.
“I don’t have to compete and play against the best players in the world to have a great life,” he said.
“After my back fusion, I had to climb Mount Everest one more time. I had to do it, and I did. This time around, I don’t think Ill have the body to climb Mount Everest and that’s OK.
“I can still participate in the game of golf. I can still, if my leg gets OK, I can still click off a tournament here or there.
“But as far as climbing the mountain again and getting all the way to the top, I don’t think that’s a realistic expectation of me.”