Tiger Woods on Tuesday stated he had two extra surgical procedures this 12 months and that the plantar fasciitis in his proper foot that may forestall him from enjoying this week is expounded to his ongoing restoration from critical accidents suffered in a automobile wreck outdoors Los Angeles in February 2021.
Woods, 46, declined to reveal particulars in regards to the two surgical procedures or the precise dates of the procedures whereas speaking to reporters on the Hero World Problem within the Bahamas.
A 12 months in the past, Woods advised reporters within the Bahamas that it was “50-50” as as to whether a part of his proper leg must be amputated. He spent three weeks within the hospital and three months in mattress after the wreck.
Woods stated he started to endure from plantar fasciitis, irritation that causes heel ache, whereas ramping as much as play within the Hero World Problem, a match that advantages his charity, TGR Basis.
“It was a troublesome determination simply because I wish to play,” Woods stated. “I like enjoying, I like competing, however sadly, I can hit the golf ball and hit no matter shot you need, I simply can’t stroll. And so I’ve had just a few setbacks through the 12 months that I nonetheless was capable of in some way play by way of, however this one I simply can’t. Solely time can heal this one, and keep off my ft and get plenty of remedy executed.”
Woods stated he would wish a month or two to get well from plantar fasciitis however that he nonetheless plans to play in two occasions subsequent month as a result of he’ll be capable to use a cart for these. He’s scheduled to group up with world No. 1 golfer Rory McIlroy in a 12-hole match towards Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas within the newest version of The Match, scheduled for Dec. 10 at Pelican Golf Membership outdoors Tampa, Florida.
Woods is also scheduled to play along with his son, Charlie, within the PNC Championship in Orlando, Florida, Dec. 17-18.
“While you’ve acquired plantar fasciitis, the one factor you are able to do is relaxation and try to stretch that out as greatest as attainable, nevertheless it’s relaxation,” Woods stated. “How do you relaxation once you’re internet hosting a match? You realize, it is arduous, so this might be a troublesome week. The [PNC Championship] might be an easy week. Charlie will simply hit all of the pictures and I am going to simply get the putts out of the outlet, so fairly simple there. However apart from that, in The Match we’re enjoying in, we’re flying in carts.”
Woods stated his plan going ahead is to compete within the 4 main championships and hopefully one or two different tournaments. Regardless of the most recent setback, Woods stated his proper leg and foot are getting stronger.
“That is it,” Woods stated. “Bodily, that is all I can do. I advised you guys that [at] the start of this 12 months, too. I haven’t got a lot left on this leg, so gear up for the most important ones and hopefully, you already know, lightning catches in a bottle and I am up there in rivalry with an opportunity to win. Hopefully, I keep in mind how to do this. However once more, giving myself an opportunity to get on the market once more.”
Woods, a 15-time main champion, additionally weighed in on the ongoing dispute between the PGA Tour and the LIV Golf circuit, which is being financed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund and fronted by two-time Open Championship winner Greg Norman. Woods stated the competing excursions cannot attain a compromise till Norman steps down as commissioner and CEO of LIV Golf, which matches what McIlroy advised reporters in Dubai earlier this month.
LIV Golf and a handful of its gamers filed a federal antitrust lawsuit towards the PGA Tour, wherein it claims the PGA Tour illegally suspended gamers for competing in LIV Golf tournaments and is wielding its monopoly energy to squash competitors. The PGA Tour filed a countersuit, claiming LIV Golf has interfered with current contracts it had with its members.
“Proper now as it’s, not proper now, not with their management, not with Greg there and his animosity in direction of the tour itself,” Woods stated when requested whether or not he believed the PGA Tour and LIV Golf might coexist. “I do not see that occuring. As Rory stated, and I stated it as properly, I feel Greg’s acquired to go away after which we will finally, hopefully, have a keep between the 2 lawsuits and determine one thing out. However why would you alter something in the event you’ve acquired a lawsuit towards you? They sued us first.”