Tiger Woods has said he will never reach the top of golf again, will no longer play full-time on the PGA Tour and was close to losing his leg following the car crash on February 23, 2021; Woods still unsure when he can return to competitive action
By Ali Stafford
The prospect of Tiger Woods teeing it up in a PGA Tour event in 2022 remains a possibility, a year on from a career-threatening car crash that made him feel “lucky to be alive”.
February 23 marks the first anniversary of Woods’ crash in California, where the leg and ankle injuries sustained were severe enough for him to already rule out a full-time return to competitive golf.
The crash came two months after Woods underwent a fifth surgical procedure on his back, with the lengthy rehabilitation that followed more strenuous than any setback he has previously experienced during his injury-plagued career.
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Details about Woods’ condition have been scarce over the past 12 months, with the 46-year-old only speaking publicly on a handful of occasions about the incident, while speculation continues about when – or if – he’ll be seen playing golf on the PGA Tour again.
What caused Woods’ crash?
Woods was alone in an SUV in Rolling Hills Estates, on the outskirts of Los Angeles, when he was involved in a single-vehicle crash shortly after 7am local time (3pm GMT) on February 23.
Tiger Woods admits he is ‘lucky to be alive’ after being involved in a serious car crash in Los Angeles in February.
The vehicle careered off the road “at high speed” and suffered extensive damage, hitting the centre kerb, a tree and then rolling several times before coming to rest on an embankment.
Data from the vehicle’s black box showed Woods was travelling between 84 and 87 miles per hour – on a downhill stretch of road that has a speed limit of 45 mph – shortly before his crash.