By Ricky Browne
Tiger Woods, the most famous golfer in recent history, has survived a bad car accident, and has had surgery on his injured right leg. The accident has left fans desolate, hoping that he will somehow be able to miraculously continue the great comeback he started in 2018.
But so far it doesn’t look good, who at 45 have has a golfing career that has spanned decades. After winning his last major title in 2008, Woods began a slow decline in his career, and looked like he would never regain his star status. But after surgery he made a masterful comeback, first winning the Tour Championship in 2018, and then winning the 2019 Masters, his 15th major title – and his first since 2008.
At just after 7:00 am in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning, Woods was driving alone in a 2021 mid-size SUV carrying the logo of his Genesis Invitational golf tournament. The vehicle is said to have travelled “several hundred feet from the centre divider” and sustained “major damage”. No other vehicle was involved.
Indeed, he is probably lucky to be alive.
The accident happened on a downhill stretch of road which has a reputation for being an accident-prone spot. Police were said to have arrived at the site six minutes after the crash happened.
The facts of the accident were outlined by the Los Angeles County Sherrif’s Department, which said in a statement: “On February 23, 2021 at approximately 7:12 am, LASD responded to a single vehicle roll-over traffic collision on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes. The vehicle was traveling northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard at Blackhorse Road, when it crashed. The vehicle sustained major damage.
“The driver and sole occupant was identified as PGA golfer Eldrick “Tiger” Woods. Mr. Woods was extricated from the wreck with the “jaws of life” by Los Angeles County firefighters and paramedics, then transported to a local hospital by ambulance for his injuries.
“The Traffic investigation s being conducted by investigators from LASD Lomita Station.” That statement was released on Twitter on the day of the accident and got 15,400 likes and 1500 comments up to Wednesday afternoon.
Meanwhile, a statement was also released on Tiger’s official Twitter account stated:
“We thank everyone for the overwhelming support and messages during this tough time.
“As previously communicated, Tiger was involved in a single-car accident earlier this morning in California. He has undergone a long surgical procedure on his lower right leg and ankle after being brought to the hospital.
“Mr Woods suffered significant orthopaedic injuries to his right lower extremity that were treated during emergency surgery by Othopaedic trauma specialists at Harbour-UCLA Medical Center, a level 1 trauma center. Comminuted open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula bones were stabilized by inserting a rod into the tibia. Additional injuries to the bones of the foot and ankle were stabilized with a combination of screws and pins. Trauma to the muscle and soft-tissue of the leg required surgical release of the covering of the muscles to relieve pressure due to swelling.” Said Anish Mahajan, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Interim CEO at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
“He is currently awake, responsive, and recovering in his hospital room. Thank you to the wonderful doctors and hospital staff at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department and the Fire Department. Your support and assistance has been outstanding.
There are no further updates at this time and we continue to thank ou for your well -wishes and privacy for him and his family” TGR
The tweet was liked 112,800 times, was retweeted 19,400 times and had earned 3,100 comments.
Many of the comments speculated on how the accident happened, and whether or not he was speeding or driving recklessly. Others wished him a quick recovery, and some expected him to make it back onto the golf course, while others thought this marked the end of his career.
“All I can say is I’m GLAD you’re still with us. If you don’t get the opportunity to swing a golf club again, you are the GREATEST who ever played this sport IMO. Godspeed. Get well. Raise your kids. You’ll be fine. Thank you for what you’ve done for sports & society,” tweeted Ernie @ecl326.
Another fan, avid golfer and a proud grandmother of identical twin toddlers said she had recovered from something similar:
“Tiger…suffered a similar multiple fracture in my right leg 3+ yrs ago…including pins and rods holding my ankle and bones in place. Not fun going thru it…but was back on the golf course in a year. If i can do it i KNOW you can. Pulling for you! Take good care!” tweeted Cheryl G @golphan. Her tweet got 1900 likes.
LA Country Sherriffs also tweeted: “We are happy Mr. Woods is awake and responsive.” That tweet got 263 likes and a few comments.
Woods last Twitter message before his crash had been a lot cheerier.
“Congrats to @maxhoma23 on an amazing playoff finish and for making LA proud. Thank you to @GenisisUSA and everyone who has supported @TGRFound this year. Riv is a very special place and we already can’t wait to be back”
It may be a little while before he is back now assuming he is able to recover from this.
But he has comeback before. It may be the furthest thing from his mind at the moment, as he recovers from surgery and a near miss with death. Can he do it again, and be crowned once and for all as the Comeback King of his generation?