While golf legend Tiger Woods is a long way off a potential sporting comeback, the 45-year-old reportedly still hopes to play as part of his recovery from a shocking car accident earlier this year.
Woods has been rehabilitating after he suffered serious leg injuries after rolling his car down an embankment in February.
Earlier this week, the United States’ Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker said he had been in regular contact with Woods as the gold legend continued his recovery.
While Stricker confirmed that Woods would not be making an appearance at the Ryder Cup as an assistant coach on the team, he was able to shed some more light on his progress.
Stricker told Sirius XM Radio that Woods was doing well and that things are ‘moving in the right direction’.
“He’s very passionate about (the Ryder Cup). He’s a great guy to talk to. He’s a great guy to lean on. We’ve had a number of talks,” Stricker said in the interview.
“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.”
The last words from Woods publicly about his recovery came in late May when he said he was focused on “walking on my own.”
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He is recovering from open fractures to his tibia and fibula, which needed a rod inserted to aid healing, and also foot and ankle injuries that needed screws and pins placed to aid in stabilisation.
He was hospitalised for almost a month after the crash.
Woods played three events in the 2020-21 PGA Tour season, most recently the 2020 Masters that was delayed until November, as he was recovering from back surgery.
The Ryder Cup begins September 24.
Tiger Woods sheds walking boot in rare public appearance
Back in May, Woods made a rare public outing in the wake of the accident which left him seriously injured.
He’s made social media appearances, including a congratulatory tweet to his old rival Phil Mickelson for his PGA Championship.
But until then, he’d only been known to show himself in public once — an April photo on crutches that he shared on Instagram.
In May, a new photo of Woods surfaced on social media. This one he didn’t provide. It was posted on Instagram by 10-year-old athlete Luna Perrone.
Perrone, who writes that she’s battling bone cancer, shared a picture of herself alongside Woods in what appears to be a meeting at her soccer game over the weekend.
Tiger Woods Joins Simone Biles, Naomi Osaka, Others in NFT Craze: Partners With Tom Brady’s New Company
Over the last few months, we’ve all seen athletes release NFTs (nonfungible tokens) of their own. The buzz around those has increased with time, players as well as fans including in this digital collecting. This time, golf icon Tiger Woods is the latest addition to a list of celebrities to release a line of NFTs online.
According to recent reports, Woods taking part in this recent craze is via a company linked to NFL star Tom Brady. Let’s take a look at what exactly Woods has invested in.
Tiger Woods girlfriend: Moment Tiger whispers ‘I Love You’ to Erica Herman after HUGE win
TIGER WOODS celebrated his first victory in five years at the Tour Championship in Atlanta, Georgia, on Sunday with girlfriend Erica Herman – watch as the couple embrace and the golf star whispers “I love you” to his girlfriend.
Tiger Woods, 42, look jubilant with girlfriend Erica Herman as he celebrated his 80th PGA tour win.
In the moments after the win, the former number one went straight to his girlfriend who showered him in affection.
The 33-year-old was supporting her beau from the side of the green and rushed over to congratulate him on his victory.
Video footage shows the moments after the win when the golf star wrapped his arms around Ms Herman, who greeted him with a kiss.
The golf icon has been dating Erica Herman since at least November last year.
The 33-year-old brunette works in the restaurant industry.
According to US publication Heavy, she was the general manager at the golfer’s restaurant, The Woods Jupiter, for several months.
Ms Herman can often be seen supporting Woods around the world as he competes.
Mr Woods took a three-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose into the final day at East Lake and held on pick up the 80th PGA title of his career.
Only a dramatic birdie on the 18th from Rose prevented the American star from claiming the overall FedEx Cup title as well.
Of his Tour Championship victory, Woods said: “I just can’t believe I’ve pulled this off. It’s been tough.
“I’ve had it not so easy the last couple of years and worked my way back and couldn’t have done it without the help of everyone around me.”
Tiger Woods past girlfriends: The women who have been linked to Tiger Woods
TIGER WOODS was seen celebrating his first victory in five years yesterday with girlfriend Erica Herman, whispering “I love you” in her ear. But who has the former number one been linked to in the past?
Tiger Woods yesterday celebrated a victory at the Tour Championship in Atlanta, Georgia in what was his 80th PGA tour win.
At his side to celebrate was his 33-year-old girlfriend Erica Herman, who rushed to congratulate her beau on his win.
Greeting her with a kiss, Woods, 42, wrapped his arms around the brunette and whispered in her ear “I love you”.
The couple has been dating since November last year, and Ms Herman can often be seen in the crowd supporting her partner.
Ms Hermen reportedly worked as general manager for restaurant The Woods Jupiter for several months according to US publication Heavy.
The Woods Jupiter is in Florida and is owned by the golfing legend.
Woods has had a tumultuous love life, with links to several women since his marriage ended.
Which women has Tiger Woods been linked too?
Woods’ six-year-marriage to Swedish model Elin Nordegren ended in 2010, followed by the revelation the pro-golfer had been unfaithful with more than 100 women during his marriage.