“I think something that is realistic is playing the Tour one day — never full-time ever again — but pick and choose, just like Mr. [Ben] Hogan did,” Woods said during a Zoom interview with Golf Digest. “Pick and choose a few events a year and you play around that.
“You practice around that, and you gear yourself up for that. I think that’s how I’m going to have to play it from now on. It’s an unfortunate reality, but it’s my reality. And I understand it, and I accept it.”
Woods referenced Hogan, who played a limited schedule in the early 1950s after returning from injuries suffered in a car accident.
The Feb. 23 accident in Southern California in which Woods was driving at a high rate of speed caused significant injuries to his right leg and foot. He only recently posted a video of him hitting a shot from a driving range while wearing a compression sock. The video was captioned: “Making progress.”
“I don’t have to compete and play against the best players in the world to have a great life,” he said. “After my back fusion, I had to climb Mount Everest one more time. I had to do it, and I did. This time around, I don’t think I’ll have the body to climb Mount Everest and that’s OK. I can still participate in the game of golf. I can still, if my leg gets OK, I can still click off a tournament here or there.
“But as far as climbing the mountain again and getting all the way to the top, I don’t think that’s a realistic expectation of me.”
Woods’ comments were in advance of the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, a tournament he hosts for his foundation. Woods is scheduled to do a news conference on Tuesday.