Tiger Woods still doesn't know if he'll ever play professional golf again, three months after a horror car crash that almost claimed his life.
The sporting legend suffered major injuries to his right leg in the 23 February accident, and required several complicated surgeries and a metal stabilizing rod. He spent a month in the hospital before he was able to return home to Florida, where he has been rehabilitating since.
Now, in his first full interview with Golf Digest magazine, Tiger admits that unlike with the back and knee injuries that threatened his career before he returned to win the 2019 Masters tournament, this time he has no idea if he'll swing a golf club again.
"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.
"My physical therapy has been keeping me busy. I do my routines every day and am focused on my number one goal right now - walking on my own. (I'm) taking it one step at a time."
But his rehab and recovery has been helped by all the well wishes from fans and friends: "I have had so much support from people both inside and outside of golf, which means so much to me and has helped tremendously," he added.
Top golfers including Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas are among those who have dropped in on Tiger during his rehab to offer him their support.
Investigations following the crash determined Tiger was speeding when he lost control of a courtesy vehicle in Rancho Palos Verdes, California and crashed into a tree. Officials also determined he showed no signs of impairment.