Tiger Woods’ biggest regret isn’t quite what you’d expect.
Asked by a fan on Golf TV what he would tell his younger self, the five-time Masters winner recently responded, “Not to run so much.”
“Running over 30 miles a week for probably my first five, six years on Tour pretty much destroyed my body and my knees,” the 44-year-old Woods said.
Woods’ legendary career has been stalled by four back and five knee surgeries, some of which may have been the result of running. Woods had to pull out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational and The Players Championship because of a back injury before coronavirus halted the PGA Tour.
But some may have expected Woods’ answer to revolve around his personal life unraveling in 2009. That’s when Woods infamously crashed his SUV into a fire hydrant outside his home in central Florida, which was followed by reports of the golfer’s extramarital affairs.
In 2017, Woods pleaded guilty to reckless driving after police found him asleep behind the wheel of his car, also in Florida, with the engine running, which he blamed on a foul combination of pain medication.
Woods avoided jail time with his plea and resurrected his career two years later, when he won his fifth Masters and 15th major title, his first in 11 years, though his reputation remains tainted.
Woods’ next PGA Tour win would be his 83rd, breaking a tie with Sam Snead.
With golf and most other sports shut down because of COVID-19, Woods has spent his time away from the game reliving his last Masters win and trash-talking Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady.
Woods and NFL quarterback great Peyton Manning are facing off against Mickelson and Brady in a May made-for-TV contest, dubbed “The Match: Champions for Charity.” All proceeds are going to coronavirus relief, though details as to when and where the event will take place have been scarce.
The PGA Tour must still sign off on it.