As the rest of the golf world was exulting over Phil Mickelson's PGA Championship win, and the rest of the sports world was casting a curious eye at the latest version of The Match, with Phil, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Bryson DeChambeau, Tiger Woods was far away and at work.
Woods is rehabbing from a devastating February rollover crash that left him with serious leg injuries, keeping him off the course and out of the public eye. He's made occasional Twitter statements, including congratulating Mickelson on Sunday, but now he's given his first interview on the wreck and rehab, to Golf Digest.
Woods has extensive experience with rehab, having suffered a range of maladies throughout his playing career, but "this has been an entirely different animal," he said.
"I understand more of the rehab processes because of my past injuries," Woods told Golf Digest, "but this was more painful than anything I have ever experienced."
Woods suffered multiple injuries to his right leg in the single-car crash that occurred in Los Angeles early on the morning of Feb. 23. Woods was traveling at high speed when he left the road, rolling over and striking a tree. Woods sustained injuries including comminuted open fractures to both bones in his lower right leg that required immediate surgery. Several weeks later, Woods was able to return to his home in Florida.
Investigators indicated after the accident that there was no indication Woods had been impaired in any way, and did not press charges against Woods. Since then, Woods has remained out of the public eye, aside from a few carefully curated photos.
Woods didn't comment on the possibility of returning to competitive golf, instead saying that his goals for the moment are far more modest.
"My physical therapy has been keeping me busy," he said. "I do my routines every day and am focused on my No. 1 goal right now: walking on my own. Taking it one step at a time."
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