Tiger Woods on Leg Injury Rehab: 'I'm a Long Way from Playing Tournament Golf'

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVDecember 17, 2021

Tiger Woods, left, and his son Charlie walk the first fairway during the first round of the PNC Championship golf tournament Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. Woods is back playing after getting injured in a car accident. He is paired with Charlie during the tournament. (AP Photo/Scott Audette)
AP Photo/Scott Audette

Tiger Woods is set to compete at the PNC Championship alongside his son, Charlie, but he still isn't healthy enough to play a tournament.

As Woods told reporters Friday, the ability to use carts in this weekend's 36-hole event makes a difference:

"I couldn’t walk this golf course even right now, and it’s flat. I don’t have the endurance. My leg is not quite right yet and it’s going to take time. I told you in the Bahamas, I’m a long way from playing tournament golf. This is hit, hop in a cart and move about my business just like I would at Medalist. Being able to play tournament golf and being able to recover, practice and train and hit balls after a round and do all of the things that I need to be at a high level, I’m a long way away from that."

Each team playing at the upcoming tournament at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Florida, consists of a former major champion and a family member. Woods and his son finished in a tie for seventh place last December at the event.

In February, Woods was involved in a car crash that required significant surgeries to his right leg and ankle.

Even after months of rehab, he told Henni Koyack of Golf Digest that he will never be a full-time player on the PGA Tour again.

The 45-year-old is still working his way back to the course, competing in Friday's pro-am with mixed results, per ESPN's Bob Harig. It will clearly take more work to get him back to a tour event as he seeks a record 83rd career tournament title.