Tiger Woods reportedly declined a proposal from NBC Sports activities to be part of the protection for the U.S. Open later this month as a result of he didn’t wish to take away consideration from the occasion.
Announcer Dan Hicks advised reporters at a information convention held by NBC Sports activities on Wednesday that the community reached out to Woods to gauge his curiosity in being part of this 12 months’s protection, however the three-time U.S. Open champ declined.
“We had been all pondering how good that will be, who higher, if he couldn’t be there to play it, to voice it and have him part of the present, however we had been rebuffed,” Hicks mentioned, in keeping with Golf.com. “He didn’t wish to do it, and I completely perceive his state of affairs.”
“There’s a lot happening in his world proper now and there’s additionally part of Tiger that doesn’t wish to turn into this, I don’t wish to, for lack of a greater phrase, a sideshow at an occasion the place we needs to be concentrating on what’s taking place,” he added.
Woods has not appeared at a golf occasion since being concerned in a severe automobile wreck in February. He suffered open fractures affecting his tibia and fibula, accidents to his foot and ankle, and trauma to the muscle and comfortable tissue of the leg. A crash report later revealed Woods was additionally “knocked unconscious, laceration to the decrease entrance jaw, bruised proper and left rib cage, fractured proper tibia and fibula, potential proper ankle harm.”
Woods spoke out concerning the automobile crash for the primary time final month in an interview with Golf Digest.
“I perceive extra of the rehab processes due to my previous accidents, however this was extra painful than something I’ve ever skilled,” he mentioned. “My bodily remedy has been conserving me busy. I do my routines day-after-day and am targeted on my No. 1 objective proper now: strolling alone. Taking it one step at a time.”
Woods has not given a timeline relating to his return to golf, however he was lately pictured on social media utilizing crutches.
Fox Information’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.