Tiger Woods has claimed “it can’t end like this” as he battles to overcome career threatening injuries.
The 15-time Major winner was involved in a car crash in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Woods is currently being treated in Harbor-UCLA Medical Center as his career hangs in the balance.
The 45-year-old has had to overcome serious injury problems in the past having enjoyed a rapid early rise.
Woods again topped the golfing world when he won the Masters in 2019.
And a source close to Woods said that he was “frustrated” and let slip to People magazine: “He doesn’t want his career to end like this.”
The unnamed source also said: “This is a massive setback, and he knows it, but he’s overcome obstacles in the past and thinks he can do it again.”
He made the promise from his hospital bed as his girlfriend Erica Herman, agent Mark Steinberg caddie Joe LaCava came to check on him.
Woods needed to be pulled from the scene of his accident by firefighters and paramedics.
He sustained open leg fractures and underwent immediate surgery where a rod was placed in his tibia and screws were inserted into his foot and ankle.
LA County Sheriff Carlos Gonzalez has said that Woods was “lucky to be alive.”
It is less than six weeks until the Masters tees off at Augusta National.
Woods missed the year’s first Major in 2016 and 2017 due to surgery before winning it two years ago.
He said following that victory that he had “serious doubts” about playing again, but was able to overcome adverstiy.
“I was very lucky to be given another chance to do something that I love to do. I had serious doubts after what transpired a couple of years ago,” said Woods.
“I couldn’t lay down, I couldn’t do much of anything. I had the procedure which gave me a chance of having a normal life.
“All of a sudden I realised I could swing a club again. I felt if I could somehow piece this together I still had the hands to do it. The body is not the same but I still had good hands.”