Tiger Woods revealed at his lowest point that he was resigned to looking forward to walking again.
In an interview aired by Golf Channel on March 13 ahead of his Hall of Fame induction, the 46-year-old opened up on a number of topics.
Those being what he’s most proud of in his career (his streak of 142 straight cuts made, not major wins) and how he’s always been more afraid of his mother than his father.
There was no gray area with her, he said, and she was “just tough and solid.”
Woods also spoke about how he sees the things his father instilled in him with his own children Charlie and Sam.
The 15-time major champion would not be asked to comment on his future. He has already said he would play again.
At the moment it’s only a limited golf activity – although looking at his swing at the father/son walking around at the cabin crew who really believes him?
But what was his darkest, darkest moment?
Woods said: “I was literally laying there for months. I just couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t get up.
“Yes, these are the darkest times [because] my golf career was over. I was just looking forward to walking again and hoped to be able to live a normal life with my children…participate in their sports and attend events.
“I couldn’t even get out of the house. I couldn’t even go watch the kids play football…Charlie…if he wanted to go out in the back yard and putt and chip, I couldn’t not do it all that.
“Not being able to participate in their lives drove me crazy, but once we understood what the diagnosis was…but also what the cure would be…it was also a death sentence.
“Because no one has ever come back from a fused lower back. Goose [Retief Goosen] was a sounding board [because] he had the L4s and L5s replaced, but by then it was going to be a five- to seven-year window. And finally you merged it.
“But mine was so downgraded and it was, ‘Okay, you’re gonna have to merge this stuff but you’re gonna have a quality of life but chances are you’ll never be able to play on the Tour again.
“You can play golf…weekend warrior with the buddies and have fun, but not at Tour level.”
Woods was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame at the PGA Tour headquarters last week.