Friday 24 February 2017

'Not being able to get out of bed, not being able to move' - Tiger Woods admits he contemplated retirement

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods has admitted he had doubts he would ever make it back to competitive golf as he prepares to play in the Hero World Challenge this week.

Woods, who hosts the event at Albany, will be playing in his first event in 15 months following his latest injury-enforced lay-off, but said on Tuesday he had contemplated retirement at times as he felt so far from making a comeback.

"There was a lot of trepidation and times where I thought - I did think of that (retirement) because it was realistic," Woods said in a press conference shown on the PGA Tour website.

"Not being able to get out of bed, not being able to move, how can I expect to come out here and swing a golf club at 120 miles an hour and be ballistic when I can't even get out of bed?"

The 14-time major winner had surgery on his back last year, and said he found the injury much more difficult to deal with than the knee problems which had plagued him previously.

"When I had my knee redone and it was completely blown, I knew it was nine months, but I knew I could come back from it. It's not nerve damage," he said.

"When you're dealing with a spine, when you're dealing with nerves, it's a totally different deal. Talking to Davis (Love III), Davis had his neck fused. He had tingling down his arm, he couldn't feel his fingers anymore. That's, you know, your career could be over. Had it fixed, came back and won last year.

"So there's a lot of guys who have had injuries like that and have come back and done well and have won golf tournaments."

Woods will take his place in an 18-man field in this week's tournament, facing the likes of defending champion Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson and Dustin Johnson.

The 40-year-old admitted going for victory would be a tall order, but he is simply looking forward to playing again.

"I'm going to try to do the same thing I always do," he said. "I'm entered in an event, I'm going to try to win this thing.

"I know Bubba went low, shot 25 under (last year). That's going to be a tall order. I haven't played in a while. But hey, I'm going to give it my best."

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