Tiger Woods Says Rehab from February Crash is ‘More Painful than Anything I Have Ever Experienced’

Tiger Woods is in a familiar place: extensive rehabilitation.

That was the gist of his comments in a brief interview with Golf Digest, the first he has done since being involved in a serious one-car crash in Southern California on Feb. 23 that left him hospitalized for nearly a month.

“This has been an entirely different animal,” Woods said of his crash injuries. “I understand more of the rehab processes because of my past injuries, but this was more painful than anything I have ever experienced.”

Woods declined to answer a question about whether he hoped to play golf again.

Woods was recovering from a Dec. 23 microdiscectomy, his fifth back procedure and one that left doubts about whether he would be able to return in time for the Masters.

But golf has become a secondary concern for the 15-time major champion. He had severe right leg injuries in a crash in which he was deemed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to be speeding when he crossed over onto the wrong side of the road and eventually struck a tree at a speed in excess of 70 mph.

The sheriff’s department said there was no sign that Woods was impaired while driving and did not press charges.

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