Tiger Woods said at The Riviera Country Club: "I wish I could tell you when I'm playing again. I want to know, but I don't. My golf activity has been very limited. I can chip and putt really well and hit short irons very well, but I haven't done any long stuff seriously.
I'm still working. I'm still working on the walking part. My foot was a little messed up there about a year ago, so the walking part is something that I'm still working on, working on strength and development in that.
It takes time. To be able to have my right leg still here, it's huge. I still have a lot of issues with it, but it's mine and I'm very thankful for that. What's frustrating is it's not at my timetable. I want to be at a certain place, but I'm not.
I've just got to continue working. I'm getting better, yes, but not at the speed and rate that I would like. You add in the age factor, too. You just don't quite heal as fast, which is frustrating." Woods was also recovering from a fifth back surgery prior to the accident.
The combination of ailments makes hitting longer shots more difficult: "I have seen progress. I'm a lot stronger than I was then, I'm able to hit more shots. I can play weekend warrior golf, that's easy. But to be able to be out here and play six rounds of golf, a practice round, pro-am, four competitive days, it's the cumulative effect of all that.
I'm not able to do that yet. I'm still working on getting to that point. Don't forget when my back was bad, when we had rain delays and had to reactivate everything and go back out there again. I've still got that issue, too.
I've got a long way to go. Playing gave me hope to be able to play with my son again and to be able to have fun with him and have those moments, but that doesn't mean that I'm going to be back out on TOUR playing anytime soon.
It's been tough, but I've gotten here, I've gotten this far and I still have a long way to go. Each and every day's a fight and I welcome that fight. Get up in the morning, let's go a few more rounds. I wish I could spend more time on the range digging out of the dirt.
But that's not realistic at this point. Will I come back? Yes. Will I come back and play a full schedule? No. … I can play certain events here and there, but on a full-time level, no, that will never happen again."
Woods is recovering from a serious car accident in the days after last year’s tournament at Riviera Country Club where he shattered the bones in his right leg and ankle. He said: "You will see me on the PGA TOUR, I just don't know when and trust me I'd love to tell you that I'll be playing next week.
But I don't know when, which is frustrating in that sense, because I've been down this road before with my back when I didn't know when I was going to come back. It's hard because it's hard to not have goals out there.
Like I want to play this event so I can set myself up for that mentally and physically and emotionally… (but) I don't have any of those dates in my head. I don't know yet. I have not been running any marathons lately, none of that.
I haven’t done any backflips or anything like that, no. I don’t know. I can hit balls. The hardest part is actually walking, and so, that’s going to take some time. I'm going to have to put in the time and effort at home and do all the beach walks and walk golf courses because it is very easy at Medalist to just hop in the cart and whip around and play a quick 18 or 36, but it's a little different deal than being out here with these guys and walking up and down the hills.
Just the ankle mobility and over time the ankle swells, the foot swells, leg swells and that's just (going to take) time. It’s going to be nerve-wracking. A lot of reflecting coming up."