(CNN) — In an exclusive interview with Golf Digest, Tiger Woods spoke publicly about his future in golf. for the first time since the car accident he had this year.
“I think the one thing that’s realistic is playing one day on the tour, never full time, never again, but choosing, like Mr. (Ben) Hogan did,” Woods told interviewer Henni Koyack.
“You pick a few events a year and you play around that. Practices around that, and you prepare for it. And you play. I think that’s how I’m going to have to play from now on, “he added.
“It is an unfortunate reality, but it is my reality. And I understand it, and I accept it.”
Woods began the remote interview from his South Florida home by walking into the living room with what he called a slight “jerk” in his stride, evidence of the serious leg injuries he sustained in a car accident near Los Angeles. in February.
Tiger Woods says that during his grueling rehab, things as simple as watching his son play or listening to birdsong have taken on more meaning.
“I have a lot to do. (…) I have not even reached the halfway point. I have to develop much more muscles and nerves in my leg. At the same time, as you know, I have had five back operations. So I have to deal with it. So as the leg gets stronger, sometimes the back can do its thing (…). It’s a tough road. “
“I’m glad I can go out and watch Charlie play, or go to the backyard and be alone for an hour or two, no one talking, no music, no nothing. I just hear the birds singing. I’ve missed that part a lot. less, “he said.
Tiger Woods will attend the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas this week. The 20-player tournament is to benefit the Woods Foundation.
Woods is scheduled to make his first media appearance since the accident at 9:00 am Miami time on Tuesday in New Providence, Bahamas.
CNN’s David Close contributed to this report.