Tiger Woods has opened up about the injuries he suffered in a horror car accident, admitting the pain is worse than anything he has ever experienced.
Speaking in a Golf Digest interview published on Thursday, the golf legend admitted his latest recovery was unlike any he has undergone before.
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The 45-year-old is no stranger to rehabilitation procedures, after several back and knee surgeries throughout his career.
"This has been an entirely different animal," Woods said.
"I understand more of the rehab processes because of my past injuries, but this was more painful than anything I have ever experienced."
Woods was driving above the speed limit in February when he lost control of his vehicle, which slammed into trees off the side of a road outside Los Angeles.
The 15-times major champion, whose accident resulted in a three-week hospital stay, posted a photo on Instagram last month that showed him smiling, on crutches and in a walking boot.
When asked about his hopes of playing golf again, Woods said he was focused on rehabilitation at his South Florida home.
"My physical therapy has been keeping me busy," said Woods, the most successful golfer of his generation.
"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."
Woods refuses to speculate on return to golf
The magazine said Woods declined to comment when asked about his hopes of playing golf again.
The report said it was unclear whether Woods would require additional procedures or whether he would be able to regain full strength and mobility in his leg.
A photo of Woods posted on Instagram this week showed the golfer on crutches with a supportive stocking covering his right leg, no longer wearing a protective boot he had used earlier this year.
Woods meanwhile said he was grateful for the support he had received from around the world during his recovery.
"It's been incredible," Woods said. "I have had so much support from people both inside and outside of golf which means so much to me and has helped tremendously."
Woods was in the process of recovering from a surgical procedure on his back at the time of his crash.
Police found Woods was driving nearly twice the legal speed limit (up to 140km/h) when his SUV went out of control and rolled several times before stopping.
He underwent hours of surgery to repair a shattered lower right leg and ankle, including the insertion of a rod into his tibia and screws and pins being used to stabilise his ankle.
Woods had undergone a series of back operations before making a fairytale comeback that saw him win the 2019 Masters for his first major title since the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines.
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