Tiger Woods said Tuesday he had two more surgeries this year and that the plantar fasciitis in his right foot, which will prevent him from playing this week, is related to his ongoing recovery from serious injuries sustained in a car accident outside in February 2021 suffered from Los Angeles.
Woods, 46, declined to reveal details about the two surgeries or the exact dates of the procedures while speaking to reporters at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.
A year ago, Woods told reporters in the Bahamas it was “50/50” if part of his right leg would have to be amputated. After the accident, he spent three weeks in the hospital and three months in bed.
Woods said he began suffering from plantar fasciitis, an inflammation that causes heel pain, when he set out to compete in the Hero World Challenge, a tournament benefiting his charity, the TGR Foundation.
“It was a difficult decision just because I want to play,” said Woods. “I like to play, I like to compete but unfortunately I can hit the golf ball and hit any shot you want, I just can’t run. And so I had a few setbacks over the course of the year that I was able to work through somehow, but I just can’t do this one. Only time can heal this one, and stay off my feet and have a lot of treatments done.
Woods said it would take him a month or two to recover from plantar fasciitis but that he still plans to compete in two events next month because he can use a cart to do so. He will team up with world No. 1 golfer Rory McIlroy in a 12-hole match against Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas in the latest installment of The Match, scheduled for December 10th at the Pelican Golf Club outside of Tampa , Fla. is planned.
Woods will also play with his son Charlie at the PNC Championships in Orlando, Florida on December 17-18.
“When you have plantar fasciitis, all you can do is rest and try to stretch that out as best you can, but it’s rest,” Woods said. “How do you rest when you’re hosting a tournament? You know it’s tough, so this is gonna be a tough week [PNC Championship] will be a very easy week. Charlie will just hit all the shots and I’ll just get the putts out of the hole so pretty easy. But other than that, we’re flying in carts in The Match that we’re playing.”
Woods said his plan going forward is to compete in the four major championships and hopefully one or two more tournaments. Despite the recent setback, Woods said his right leg and foot are getting stronger.
“It is,” Woods said. “Physically, that’s all I can do. I told you that [at] also earlier this year. I don’t have much left at this stage so prepare for the biggest ones and hopefully, you know, catch lightning in a bottle and I’m up there competing with a chance to win. Hopefully I remember how to do that. But again, I’m giving myself a chance to get out of there.”
Woods, a 15-time major champion, also weighed in on the ongoing dispute between the PGA Tour and the LIV Golf Circuit, which is funded by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia and two-time Open Championship winner Greg Norman , is cited. Woods said the competing tours could not find a compromise until Norman steps down as commissioner and CEO of LIV Golf, consistent with what McIlroy told reporters in Dubai earlier this month.
LIV Golf and a handful of its players filed a state antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour, alleging that the PGA Tour illegally suspended players from participating in LIV Golf tournaments and used its monopoly power to stifle competition. The PGA Tour filed a countersuit, alleging that LIV Golf interfered with existing contracts with its members.
“As it is now, not now, not with their leadership, not with Greg there and his hostility to the Tour itself,” Woods said when asked if he thought the PGA Tour and LIV Golf could coexist. “I don’t see that. Like Rory said, and I said it too, I think Greg has to go and then hopefully at some point between the two lawsuits we can stay and figure something out. But why would you change anything when they have a lawsuit against you? They sued us first.
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