'I'd love to': Tiger Woods' shock admission about golf return

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Tiger Woods says he would love to return to St Andrews for The Open in 2022. Pic: Twitter
Tiger Woods says he would love to return to St Andrews for The Open in 2022. Pic: Twitter

Tiger Woods says he would love to return for next year's 150th Open at St Andrews, despite revealing more details about the car crash in February that almost claimed his life.

Woods revealed on Tuesday in an exclusive interview with Golf Digest that he wanted to return to playing on the professional tour again in the future, but ruled out the possibility of that ever happening again on a full-time basis.

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In his first press conference since the crash that left him requiring surgery on open fractures to his lower right leg, Woods went into more detail about his hopes to return to the sport that made him a superstar.

The 45-year-old 15-time major winner was in pain throughout as he addressed a large media contingent, where he insisted that he would "love to play at St Andrews" on his "favourite course in the world" for next year's Open.

"I would love to play at St Andrews, there's no doubt about it. It's my favourite golf course in the world," he said at the World Challenge event that he is hosting in Albany, in the Bahamas.

"Physically, hopefully I can. I've got to get there first. Tournament's not going to go anywhere but I need to get there."

Woods shared a clip to his official Twitter account last week that showed him hitting balls on the practice range, that has since been viewed millions of times.

However, he warned that he was still some way away from even contemplating playing in a competitive match again.

"As far as playing at the Tour level, I don't know when that's going to happen," he said.

"I'll play a round here and there, a little hit and giggle, I can do something like that.

"To see some of my shots fall out of the sky a lot shorter than they used to was a little eye-opening but at least I'm able to do it again. That's something. For a while there it didn't look I was going to.

"I am able to participate in the sport of golf - now to what level, I do not know. I'll keep you abreast."

Tiger Woods thought he would lose a leg

Woods required surgery on open fractures to his lower right leg and further injuries to his foot and ankle and said at one point he feared that his right leg could be amputated.

"It was on the table . I'm lucky to be alive but also still have the limb. Those are two crucial things," Woods said.

"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 was found to be travelling at almost twice the legal speed limit when he crashed, spent three months confined to a hospital bed before being transferred to a wheelchair and then crutches.

Seen here, A tow truck recovers the vehicle driven by golfer Tiger Woods in in the February crash in California.
A tow truck recovers the vehicle driven by golfer Tiger Woods in in the February crash in southern California. Pic: Getty

"It's been a lot of hard work," he said. "There were some really tough times, just laying there. I was in a hospital bed for three months.

"It's hard to explain how difficult it's been, to be immobile for three months. I was just looking forward to getting outside, that was a goal of mine.

"I was just looking forward to getting outside. Eventually I got to a point where they could wheelchair me out and I could feel the sun, that was like a milestone.

"I built a really nice house but I didn't realise how big it was until you start putting crutches on.

"I am on the better side of it but still have a long way to go."

Woods, who ducked questions about the actual crash, says he is "at peace" with his rehabilitation and intends to resume playing but is not setting a target date.

with AAP

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