Tiger Woods Opens Up About 'Painful' Rehab

Tiger Woods Opens Up About 'Painful' Rehab

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In his first interview since his car crash in February, Tiger Woods talks about his rehab, and how it "was more painful than anything I have ever experienced.”

Tiger Woods Opens Up About 'Painful' Rehab

Speaking to Golf Digest (opens in new tab), Woods revealed: “This has been an entirely different animal. I understand more of the rehab processes because of my past injuries, but this was more painful than anything I have ever experienced.”

The injuries were sustained after Woods' (opens in new tab) serious car crash, which saw him fracturing both his tibula and fibula bones in his right leg. (opens in new tab)

Tiger Woods Painful Rehab

Woods' car after his crash in February. (Mark J. Terrill For The Times/Getty Images)

With the rehabilitation phase underway, Woods had no comment about his future playing career, saying: “My physical therapy has been keeping me busy. I do my routines every day and am focused on my No. 1 goal right now: walking on my own. Taking it one step at a time.”

Despite the painful rehab, the 15-time Major champion has been pictured a number of times since the crash.

In April, Woods' was spotted watching his son, Charlie, at a junior golf event (opens in new tab), whilst just this week, he was pictured sharing some inspiring words of encouragement with a young girl battling Ewing's Sarcoma.

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Woods is no stranger to long periods of rehab, sustaining multiple injuries throughout his career. In 2008, he practically played on one leg to claim the US Open at Torrey Pines. After the event, Woods went on to have reconstructive surgery on his ACL in his left knee.

During the surgery, further cartilage damage was repaired and he wouldn't return to action for nearly nine months.

In December 2017 after having a damaged disc removed from his back, Woods finally made his first competitive start in nine months at the Hero World Challenge.

As Woods recovers from his current injuries, one source of inspiration has come from Phil Mickelson's historic victory at the PGA Championship (opens in new tab).

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After the 50-year-old's win at Kiawah Island, Woods tweeted;  “Truly inspirational to see Phil Mickelson do it again at 50 years of age. Congrats!!!!!!!” (opens in new tab)

Woods will have undoubtedly taken inspiration from it, and if there's anyone in the world who can recover and get back to the top, it's Woods.

Matt Cradock
Freelance Staff Writer

Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.