Tiger Woods looked exhausted in a TV interview days before his horror crash on Tuesday in which he shattered his ankle and fractured his leg.
The golfer, 45, sparked concern among viewers as he spoke to CBS Sports on Sunday about the upcoming Masters after recently undergoing his fifth back surgery.
The sporting icon is now ‘awake, responsive and recovering in his hospital room’ after extensive surgery following the crash in which he rolled his Genesis GV80 SUV.
Tiger Woods looked exhausted in a TV interview days before his horror crash on Tuesday in which he shattered his ankle and fractured his leg
Speaking to CBS Sports host Jim Nantz, Woods was asked about his recovery and if he could compete in the first major of the year in April.
He said: ‘God I hope so, I’ve got to get there first.
‘A lot of it is based on my surgeons, my doctors, my therapists, and making sure that I do it correctly because this is the only back I’ve got, so I don’t know how much wiggle room we’ve left here.’
Nantz then asked Woods if he intended to play a tournament before the Masters.
The golfer, 45, sparked concern among viewers as he spoke to CBS Sports on Sunday about the upcoming Masters
Speaking to CBS Sports host Jim Nantz, Woods was asked about his recovery and if he could compete in the first major of the year in April
The 15-time champion replied: ‘I don’t know what the plan is.
‘The plan is to just go and get an MRI scan and to see if we are healed and then we can start progressing.’
His interview at the time raised concerns among fans and fellow golfers about Woods’ state of mind.
One tweeted: ‘Tiger Woods looked absolutely fried in that interview just now.
‘Bloated, dull looking face and sounded like he was speaking through a muffler. Honestly reckon this last surgery could be the end for him.’
Another wrote: ‘Tiger looked so fed up right there.’
On Monday, Woods gave golf lessons to celebrities including comedian David Spade and former NBA star Dwayne Wade at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Los Angeles.
The stars both shared images with a smiling Woods on social media in which they thanked him for the day out.
The sportsman crashed on Tuesday while driving from the five-star Terranea Resort to the Rolling Hills Country Club where he was due to take part in filming for GolfTV.
On Monday, Woods gave golf lessons to celebrities including comedian former NBA star Dwayne Wade
Woods also played a round with comedian David Spade at the Rolling Hills Country Club on Monday
He was put under general anesthetic at Harbor-UCLA hospital as surgeons fitted metal rods, screws and pins to his shattered right shinbone and calf bone following the crash.
Anish Mahajan, chief medical officer at the hospital, said Woods suffered comminuted open fractures of his tibia and fibula – where the bone splinters into two or more pieces and comes through the skin – and had a rod inserted in his tibia, with his foot and ankle ‘stabilized with a combination of screws and pins’.
Muscles surrounding the bones were cut to relieve swelling, Mahajan said, describing the injuries as ‘significant’.