An emotional Tiger Woods admitted he was grateful ‘just to get to this point in life’ as he said he could ‘see the faces’ of his sons Charlie and Sam who helped him get back into golf after a car accident in last year saw him break his leg
Tiger Woods has opened up about how his son, Charlie, and son Sam have motivated him on his road to recovery.
Woods was involved in a brutal car accident in February 2021 that broke his right leg and he now has plantar fasciitis in his right foot. He is meant to rest for now, but put plans on hold to play in the PNC Championship with Charlie this weekend.
Speaking after the first round, where they were two shots off the lead held by Justin and Mike Thomas, Woods Snr was asked about how his sons – Charlie is 13 and Sam is 15 – have helped him .
‘Every day,’ Woods said. ‘Just to see their faces and see their smiles and hear their words of encouragement.
Tiger Woods has opened up about the support his children have given him during tough times
Woods is playing the PNC Championship in Florida this weekend with his son Charlie, 13
Woods was pictured in March with his 15-year-old daughter Sam at golf’s hall of fame
‘I’ve had some tough days, as he knows, but just to have their support and love — you know, I’m not going to cry over it — but it means a lot to me to be able to get to this point in life. And forget the stage we’re playing on, but just to get to this point in life.’
Meanwhile, Charlie found another reason to honor his 15-time Major winning father as the teenager played Saturday with a sore left ankle.
As well as battling the heel condition he currently has, Woods incredibly won the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines with an injured ACL and two stress fractures in his leg.
‘I’ve found a new respect for him now after having a very minor injury – I wouldn’t even call it an injury, I’m just hurt,’ said Charlie.
‘Just to see what he’s going through and how, with a fraction of it, it hurts and it’s just cool how he got to where he is now and what he has been through.’
Woods – pictured here with his children and partner Erica (right) – says seeing his children’s faces has helped him through tough times over the years
Woods and son Charlie are two shots out of the lead after the first round of the PNC Championship
Then Tiger added his own line of wisdom.
‘There is a big difference between pain and injury. It’s just pain. If you’re injured, you’re not playing,’ Woods said.
‘It’s just a little pain and it’s game time. We went out there and we sucked at the same time. We are the prefect yin and yang – he has a left foot, I have a right foot, we have two beautiful feet. We’re good.’
The second and final round of the PNC Championship in Florida begins later on Sunday.