Legendary golfer Tiger Woods admitted ahead of his Hero World Challenge charity tournament that he considers himself 'lucky to be alive' following his car crash earlier this year.
Speaking Tuesday in the Bahamas at his first press conference since the February crash, during which he became emotional at times, the 45-year-old said he was 'at peace' with his rehabilitation and is considering a comeback to participate at The Open, although he ruled out a full-time return to the PGA tour.
'I'm lucky to be alive and also have a limb,' Woods told reporters Tuesday morning. 'Those are two crucial things, I'm very grateful that someone upstairs was taking care of me, that I'm able to not only be here, but also to walk without a prosthesis.'
Woods, who famously made a comeback from back surgery to win his 15th major title at the Masters in 2019, went on to speak about the 'dark moments' he experienced during his recovery.
He required surgery on open fractures to his lower right leg and further injuries to his foot and ankle following the single-vehicle accident and said at one point he feared that his right leg could be amputated.
'This one has been much more difficult,' he said during his lengthy 38-minute press conference. 'The knee stuff was one level, the back fusion another level, this one with the right leg another level.'
'From wheelchair to crutches to now nothing, it's been a lot of hard work. There were some really tough times. I am on the better side of it but still have a long way to go.'
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Tiger Woods, 45, appears to have a new sense of focus and gratitude after surviving a horrific car crash in February. Pictured: Woods speaking at a presser Tuesday ahead of his charity Hero World Challenge tournament
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