Tiger Woods has made returns at his event in the Bahamas before, but it’s a comeback of a whole different kind. For the first time since his horrific car crash in February, Tiger Woods will speak to reporters on Tuesday at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.
Woods, 44, suffered significant lower body injuries in a car crash on February 23 in Southern California, which kept him from competing and also largely out of sight public. When this happened, Woods was still treating back pain from a separate injury and barely ever pulled out of an on-air interview with Jim Nantz on the Genesis Invitational. He was on his way to a Golf Digest video shoot when he crossed a downhill median at nearly twice the speed limit.
Aside from the occasional photo that spilled out of him on crutches, in a wheelchair, on a golf cart, etc., Woods has been largely out of public view ever since. Then suddenly a week ago he posted a 3-second video on his social media with the caption “making progress”, but the world has yet to hear him discuss anything in detail.
But this week, Woods is welcoming some of the world’s best golfers to Albany, Bahamas for its annual invitational tournament. As in the past, that means Woods will host a pre-tournament press conference on Tuesday morning – although he won’t be attending – which was confirmed by the PGA Tour press team on Monday. Woods will speak to the press at 9 a.m. EST, which will be visible on PGA Tour social media.
Shortly after being confirmed by the PGA Tour, Golf Digest released a 41-minute video interview where Woods explained his current health, his future prospects in competing on the PGA Tour, and other details about his nine last months. Woods has often granted exclusive interviews to Digest as part of a content deal he has with his parent company, Discovery.
What will Woods have to say on Tuesday? We will have to wait and see. He made a brief statement on Wednesday of Masters week when the investigation into his crash was officially completed:
“I am very grateful to the Two Good Samaritans who came to help me and called 911. I am also grateful to the LASD assistants and LA fire / paramedics, especially LA Sheriff’s Assistant Carlos Gonazlez and LAFD Engine Co. Paramedics # 106 Smith and Gimenez, for helping me so expertly at the scene and getting me safely to the hospital, ”the read. “I will continue to focus on my recovery and my family, and I thank everyone for the continued support and encouragement I have received throughout this very difficult time.”