Tiger Woods has reportedly said that his career "cannot end like this" as he continues to recover from major leg surgery following a horror car crash in Los Angeles last week.
Woods, 45, openly spoke for the first time on Twitter on Sunday night when he personally thanked a number of PGA Tour stars for wearing his iconic 'Sunday Red' in the final round of the WGC-Workday Championship - something that divided opinion with golf fans on social media.
The former World No.1 suffered "comminuted open fractures" to both the upper and lower portions of his tibia and fibula in his right leg, as well as damage to the ankle bones and trauma to the muscle and soft tissue of the leg following a single vehicle roll-over traffic collision last Tuesday.
A chief trauma surgeon has since cast doubt on Woods' possible return to the PGA Tour, claiming it is "very, very unlikely" that he will be able to return to professional golf as a result of his latest injuries.
But despite his latest major setback, having already been recovering from a fifth back surgery prior to his car crash, a source close to Woods has apparently let slip to PEOPLE that the 15-time major champion will not be giving up easily in his return to the game.
"He doesn't want his career to end like this," the insider told PEOPLE. "So if there's any way at all that he can continue playing golf, he will."
In a statement issued via his official Twitter page on Tuesday night, Woods' team gave an update on the golf pro's condition and acknowledged that his injuries were severe.