Seven months after Tiger Woods sustained several injuries in a major car crash, the legendary golfer is reportedly preparing to "play golf again." According to ESPN, fellow golfer Steve Stricker spoke about the championship golfer during a recent interview in preparation for the Ryder Cup.
"I've talked to Tiger a lot," Stricker said.
"He's a part of this Ryder Cup family; he won't be able to be a captain's assistant this time around just because of his ongoing rehabilitation to try to get better and try to play golf again, and that is going well. He's progressing, he's doing well, things are moving in the right direction."
In February, Woods was driving through Rancho Palos Verdes, California at a "relatively greater speed than normal" on a street that has a "high frequency of accidents." His car rolled over and he had to be rescued using the jaws of life. He suffered multiple "open fractures" in his right leg and damaged the talus bone in his left leg. After being treated at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Woods was released and began his rehabilitation process. However, he is not able to return to golf at this time.
"He's just not able to be there at this time. He's progressing nicely, but Whistling Straits is a tough place to get around. He's already been helping and will continue to."
Woods has not publicly commented on his desire, but fellow golfer Rory Mcllroy has expressed a desire to have the superstar return to the sport one last time.
"I guess for us, it's just a gesture to let him know that we're thinking about him and we're rooting for him. Obviously, things are looking a little better today than they were on Tuesday, but he's still got a ways to go," Mcllroy told the Golf Channel.
"He's got a huge recovery ahead of him. But I think just for everyone to show their appreciation for what he means to us out here. If there was no Tiger Woods, I just think the tour and the game of golf, in general, would be in a worse place. He's meant a lot to us, he still does mean a lot to us, and I think that was just a little way to show that."