Tiger Woods has opened up on the "dark moments" he has endured over the last 10 months while recovering from the horrifying car crash which could have killed him.
The golf legend was driving his luxury SUV at well over the speed limit in Los Angeles when the car careered off the road and onto a hillside.
He suffered breaks to his right leg and further injuries to his foot and ankle, and has been in recovery and rehabilitation ever since.
The 45-year-old spoke held a press conference for the first time in that period on Tuesday, in which he revealed his injuries have been "much more difficult" to recover from than when he underwent back surgery a few years ago.
Woods even feared that his right leg could have been amputated, admitting during the press conference: "It was on the table. I'm lucky to be alive but also still have the limb. Those are two crucial things.
"I'm very grateful that someone upstairs was taking care of me, that I'm able to not only be here but also to walk without a prosthesis."
"The knee stuff was one level, the back fusion another level, this one with the right leg another level," Woods went onto admit ahead of the Hero World Challenge.
"From wheelchair to crutches to now nothing, it's been a lot of hard work. There were some really tough times. I am on the better side of it but still have a long way to go."
The American went on to reveal he had endured some "dark moments" over the past year, particularly during the early weeks and months after his crash.
"Just laying there. I was in a hospital bed for three months," he said.
"It's hard to explain how difficult it's been, to be immobile for three months. I was just looking forward to getting outside, that was a goal of mine.
"There were some really tough times and the pain got pretty great at times but I could see some light which gave me hope. I am on the positive side."
There were worries that the five-time Masters champion might never be able to swing a golf club again as a result of his injuries.
Those fears were allayed when he was pictured hitting some balls earlier this month.
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However, Woods did admit the idea of returning to the PGA Tour as a full-time player is an "unrealistic expectation".
"I think something that is realistic is playing the tour one day – never full time, ever again," he told Golf Digest.
"I can still participate in the game of golf. I can still, if my leg gets OK, I can still click off a tournament here or there.
"But as far as climbing the mountain again and getting all the way to the top, I don’t think that’s a realistic expectation of me.
"I don’t have to compete and play against the best players in the world to have a great life. After my back fusion, I had to climb Mount Everest one more time. I had to do it, and I did.
"This time around, I don’t think I’ll have the body to climb Mount Everest and that’s OK. I can still participate in the game of golf."