ORLANDO, Fla. — If Tiger Woods wants to return to competing on the PGA Tour, it won’t be with the help of a golf cart.
Woods, who is competing in the PNC Championship this week, teaming up with his son Charlie in the two-man 20-team scramble format competition, rejected the idea that he would ask for a golf cart to allow him to resume his career after having suffered fractures to the tibia and fibula of his right leg following a car accident in February.
“No. I wouldn’t, no. No. Absolutely not. Not for a PGA Tour event, no,” he said. not the way I’ve always been, and if I can’t play at that level, I can’t play at that level.
Woods reiterated that he was a long way from being able to play in a PGA Tour event. Endurance and stamina, specifically being able to walk 18 holes for four straight days on one leg which he called “always messed up”, will be his biggest challenge if he is to make another comeback.
Woods has long maintained that walking is a fundamental part of competition and that letting a golfer roll would give him an advantage. When Casey Martin, who suffered from Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber syndrome, a degenerative circulatory disorder that obstructed blood flow from his right leg to his heart until he was amputated earlier this year, sued the PGA Tour for not allowing him to use a golf cart, Woods sided with his college teammate.
“I’ll give him shit,” said Martin Sports Illustrated earlier this week. “I’m going to text him, ‘Hey, I’m glad you’re playing, but I want bribes if you take a cart.’ ”
Woods also took a not-so-subtle jab at John Daly, who has osteoarthritis in his right knee, when he asked to use a golf cart during the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black.
“As far as JD taking a cart, well, I walked with a broken leg, so…” Woods said, referring to when he won the 2008 US Open with a broken leg and a ACL tear.
Woods will make an exception and use a cart this week at the PNC Championship.
“It’s a different event. It’s a fun event,” he said. carts, we couldn’t see the likes of Lee Trevino and Gary Player here – well, Gary is different, too bad. . He would probably do wind sprints on some of these holes and then push-ups and then, you know, a bunch of sit-ups on the greens and stuff.
“But you wouldn’t see a lot of – some of the legends that I grew up idolizing and watching, and even had the chance to play early in my career, they wouldn’t be able to play in those events. Their bodies are too damaged.
“But to be able to play with their child in this event, having a cart allows them to do so. And we’re here having a good time, and that’s what it’s all about. It’s about bonding and having the time of our lives.