Tearful Tiger Woods Set To Miss British Open Cut

US golfer Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the 18th green at the end of his second round on day 2 of The 150th British Open Golf Championship on The Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland on July 15, 2022. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)

 

Tiger Woods is set to miss the cut on his return to the British Open after a round of 75 on Friday left the 15-time major winner languishing at nine over par for his two rounds.

An emotional Woods looked to be wiping tears from his face as he saluted the crowds walking up the 18th.

Woods had battled back from major surgery on his right leg after a car crash last year to make it to St Andrews, where he won two of his three British Opens.

However, the physical toll of the crash was still clear to see as the 46-year-old hobbled around the Old Course in what could he his farewell appearance at the home of golf.

Most of the damage was done on Thursday when Woods posted a six-over round of 78 to match his worst ever start at the British Open.

On a day of low scoring as overnight rain softened up the fast-running fairways, Woods had targeted a 66 to get back to the projected cut level of even par.

A birdie at the third sparked hope for the huge galleries that one of the game’s all-time greats could produce a round to remember.

But bogeys at four and six quickly snuffed out any chance of rallying back to make the weekend.

After a run of nine straight pars, a double-bogey at the 16th rubbed salt into the wounds of a painful few days for the American.

Questions will now be asked over what the future holds for Wood.

He belied his physical ailments to make the cut of both the Masters and PGA Championship earlier this year, but withdrew from the PGA after a nine-over-par third round.

His world ranking has slipped to 994 as he saves what golf he has left for the majors.

And as a former winner, Woods will have an exemption to qualify for the British Open until he is 60.

Tiger Woods Says He Will Miss US Open Next Week

iger Woods of the USA in action during the first round of the USPGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club on May 19, 2022 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images/AFP

 

 

Tiger Woods announced on Tuesday that he will not play next week’s US Open at Brookline to continue his recovery from severe leg injuries sustained in a car accident last year.

The 15-time major champion withdrew from the PGA Championship last month after the third round.

“I previously informed (organizers) the USGA that I will not be competing in the @usopengolf as my body needs more time to get stronger for major championship golf,” Woods tweeted, adding that he is still planning to play in the British Open at St Andrews, which starts on July 14.

“I’m excited to get back out there soon.”

The 46-year-old made a surprise return at the Masters in April, after needing surgery to repair his right leg following the car crash in February 2021.

He made the cut at Augusta National and at the PGA at Southern Hills, where he pulled out following the third-worst major round of his career.

Tiger Woods Finishes Masters Comeback As Scheffler Hunts Major Title

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 10: Tiger Woods tips his hat to the crowd on the 18th green after finishing his round during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2022 in Augusta, Georgia. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP.

 

Tiger Woods completed his astonishing return from severe leg injuries with more struggles in Sunday’s final round of the Masters while leader Scottie Scheffler teed off chasing his first major title.

Woods fired a second-straight six-over par 78 — his highest-ever rounds at Augusta National — to finish on 13-over 301, his highest 72-hole total at the famed course by eight strokes.

The 15-time major champion was 47th, set to be his worst Masters finish other than a missed cut as an amateur, and stood 22 strokes behind Scheffler.

But the fact Woods was able to walk the course and play at all was nothing short of incredible given the 46-year-old medical marvel was in a car crash 14 months ago and feared amputation of his right leg.

“Even a month ago, I didn’t know if I could pull this off,” Woods said. “I think it’s a positive. I’ve got some work to do. Looking forward to it.”

Thousands of cheering supporters lined the holes to watch his amazing efforts, which stole the spotlight at Augusta National ahead of an expected back-nine battle for the green jacket.

Playing 18 holes on four consecutive days for the first time since the accident, Woods struggled Sunday.

Woods birdied the par-5 second but his missed greens in regulation led to bogeys at the fourth through seventh holes and he missed an eight-foot birdie putt at the par-5 eighth.

Another missed green led to a bogey at the 11th and at the par-5 13th, Woods put his second in the azaleas before a left-handed, backwards-club pop-out shot to the green helped him save par.

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Woods made a 37-foot bogey putt at 14 after missing a 27-foot par putt, found pine straw left at 17 on the way to a double bogey then closed with a par as fans gave him a standing ovation. Woods smiled and tipped his cap in appreciation.

“It was an unbelievable feeling to have the patrons’ support out there,” Woods said. “I wasn’t playing my best but to have their support out there, I don’t think words can describe it.”

Woods arrived at Augusta chasing a record-tying sixth Masters crown despite not having played a top event in 17 months and departed knowing he had the fortitude to play majors again.

After weeks hospitalized and months unable to walk, Woods rehabilitated his battered body and returned to top-flight competition on the same course where he won his first major title 25 years ago — despite his right leg being held together with metal rods, pins, plates and screws.

– Scheffler in command –

Meanwhile, world number one Scheffler put himself in position to capture the green jacket and a $2.7 million top prize from a $15 million purse with a breakthrough major triumph.

The 25-year-old American won his first US PGA title at February’s Phoenix Open, added another last month at Bay Hill and overtook Spain’s Jon Rahm for the ranking summit by capturing the WGC Match Play crown two weeks ago.

Scheffler began on nine-under 207, three strokes ahead of Australia’s Cameron Smith, last month’s Players Championship winner.

The sport’s hottest players teed off side by side in the final pairing on an iconic stage, Smith sinking a 13-foot birdie to pull within two of the lead while Scheffler went into pine straw and over the green but chipped to three feet and rescued par.

Smith was a 2020 Masters runner-up when he became the first player to fire four rounds in the 60s at Augusta National in the same year.

He could become only the second player to win the Masters and Players in the same year after Woods in 2001.

Australian Min-Woo Lee eagled the second and reeled off four straight birdies to play the front nine in a record-tying 30, but faded nine off the lead with two bogeys to start the back nine.

Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy, needing a victory to complete a career Grand Slam, birdied the first and third holes to reach 1-under and share sixth.

The greatest last-round comeback in Masters history was an eight-stroke fightback by Jack Burke in 1956.

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Tiger Woods Battles Back To Stay In Chase At The Masters

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 08: Tiger Woods walks to the 18th green during the second round of The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 08, 2022 in Augusta, Georgia. Andrew Redington/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Andrew Redington /  AFP)

 

 

Tiger Woods faltered early but battled back to keep his comeback from severe leg injuries alive amid gusting winds that wreaked havoc in Friday’s second round of the Masters.

The 15-time major champion fired a roller-coaster two-over par 74 to share 19th place on one-over 145 after 36 holes at Augusta National, nine adrift of leader Scottie Scheffler but only four back of second place.

“I’ve got a chance going into the weekend,” Woods said. “Hopefully I’ll have one of those lightbulb moments, turn it on and get it done.

“On the back nine on Sunday anything can happen. I’ve just got to get myself there.”

World number one Scheffler, seeking his first major title, matched the low round of the day of 67 to stand on 136 with a five-stroke lead, equalling the largest 36-hole edge in Masters history.

“I wouldn’t say much changes,” said Scheffler. “I played solid golf. I put myself in position. I have to just keep doing what I’m doing.”

A second-place pack included South African Charl Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champion, 18-hole leader Im Sung-jae of South Korea, Ireland’s Shane Lowry and defending champion Hideki Matsuyama.

“It was one of my better rounds of my career,” said 2019 British Open champion Lowry. “It was quite tricky out there, quite difficult.”

Woods, back in action 14 months after a horrific car crash, teed off only three strokes behind the leaders but made four bogeys on the first five holes.

“It was blustery. It was windy, swirling all over the place,” Woods said. “I got a couple bad gusts and I made a couple bad swings.

“Then on four, I ended up in a divot. It was almost, ‘What else could go wrong?'”

He was at risk of missing the cut despite a solid opening 71, but rallied to carry his comeback charge into the weekend as he chased a record-tying sixth Masters crown.

“I got back in the ball game,” Woods said. “Tomorrow is going to be tough.

“It’s going to be quicker, drier, faster, and it will be a great test.”

Woods will rely upon therapists and ice baths to control leg swelling and get himself ready to play again.

“My team has done a hell of a job getting the body ready,” Woods said. “After I go ahead and break it out there, they go ahead and repair it at night.”

After the woeful start, Woods chipped to two feet and tapped in to birdie the par-5 eighth, saved par from six feet at nine and tapped in from three feet to birdie the 10th.

Woods missed an eight-foot par putt at the 11th then found a bunker at the par-3 12th and missed a 12-foot par putt.

He responded by making a three-foot birdie putt at the par-5 13th, curling in a nine-foot birdie at 14 then closing with four pars to make a 22nd consecutive Masters cut.

Even as Woods struggled, the 46-year-old legend drew throngs of fans.

After being hospitalized for weeks and unable to walk for months, rehabilitation work has allowed the medical marvel to make an epic comeback in an iconic setting, although his gait is affected by a right ankle no longer working well.

“It’s never going to move like it used to,” he said.

 

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 08: Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the 18th green during the second round of The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 08, 2022 in Augusta, Georgia. Andrew Redington/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Andrew Redington / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

 

– McIlroy 10 back –
Woods, ranked 973rd, teed off in the third-to-last group alongside only Chile’s Joaquin Niemann after 2010 British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa withdrew due to injury.

He missed seven-foot par putts at the first and third holes, missed the green at the par-3 fourth on the way to bogey and found trees off the tee to bogey the fifth.

Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy, seeking a green jacket to complete a career Grand Slam, fired a second straight 73 to stand on 146. McIlroy hasn’t won a major title since 2014.

Those missing the cut on 148 included four-time major winner Brooks Koepka and three-time major winner Jordan Spieth on 150, Tokyo Olympic champion Xander Schauffele on 151 and 2020 US Open winner Bryson DeChambeau on 156.

Tiger Woods Crash Due To ‘Unsafe’ Driving Speed Up To 87 Mph

PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Tiger Woods on hand at the trophy presentation ceremony after the final round of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club on February 21, 2021 in Pacific Palisades, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Harry How / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

 

 

Tiger Woods was driving at nearly double the 45 mph speed limit when he crashed in California in February, Los Angeles County’s sheriff said Wednesday.

Woods’s SUV flew off the road at up to 87 miles (140 kilometers) an hour and flipped several times during the accident in Ranchos Palos Verdes, leaving the 45-year-old, 15-time major champion with a shattered right leg.

“The primary causal factor for this traffic collision was driving at a speed unsafe for the road conditions and the inability to negotiate the curve of the roadway. Estimated speeds at the first area of impact were 84 to 87 miles per hour,” said Alex Villanueva.

Injured Tiger Woods Will Miss Masters 20 Years After Tiger Slam

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 07: Tiger Woods of the United States looks over a putt on the sixth green during the second round of the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park on August 07, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFP

 

 

Severe leg injuries in a February car crash ensured Tiger Woods won’t be playing in this year’s Masters on the 20th anniversary of his “Tiger Slam” victory at Augusta National.

But the 45-year-old superstar, whose 15 major titles include five Masters green jackets, will have his legacy felt across the famed layout.

Woods is recovering at home in Florida after suffering serious injuries when his car flew off the road and flipped several times during the Southern California accident.

Hours of surgery were required to repair his shattered lower right leg and ankle, including a rod inserted into his tibia and the use of screws and pins to stabilize the joint.

 

The vehicle driven by golfer Tiger Woods lies on its side in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on February 23, 2021, after a rollover accident. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP)

 

Woods, who won his most recent major at the 2019 Masters, became the first black golfer to win a major title when he captured the 1997 Masters in record fashion.

On Thursday, the Masters will pay tribute to the first black golfer to play in the event when Lee Elder hits a ceremonial tee shot alongside usual honorary starters Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.

“Lee was a pioneer. He was the one that broke the color barrier here and paved the way for players of color like myself to be able to play this event,” Woods said about Elder.

“It’s ironic that he did it in ’75, I was born in ’75, and when I won in ’97, he was on the back of the green.”

“To have him as our Honorary Starter, it’s awfully special and important in the history of the event, but also for me personally, it’s probably even more special.”

Woods, whose 82 US PGA victories is level with Sam Snead for the all-time record, faces a long recovery and questions about his future. He was already recovering from a fifth career back surgery at the time of the crash, which investigators have described as “purely an accident” with no evidence of impairment.

Woods completed a fairytale comeback from multiple back operations to win the 2019 Masters, an emotional victory that saw him hug his children the way he did he late father after his 1997 triumph.

An emotional Slam

But his most amazing golf feat was likely the “Tiger Slam” when he won the 2000 US and British Opens and PGA Championship and then added the 2001 Masters to capture four major trophies in a row.

“I’ve had some very special things happen to me,” Woods said in 2001. “But I guess to win four consecutive majors, I don’t think I’ve ever accomplished anything this great.”

Woods, who was 25, recalled himself as “a little young, a little naive” for his 1997 victory but said in 2001 “I understand. I’ve been around the block. I have better appreciation for winning a major championship, and to win four of them in succession, it’s just hard to believe.

“You’ve got to have your game peak at the right time. You’ve got to get some good breaks and you’ve just got to have everything kind of go right. And to have it happen four straight times, that’s awfully nice. Some of the golfing gods are looking down on me the right way.”

Woods became emotional on the 18th green after victory was assured, putting his cap over his face to hide his feelings.

“It was just a weird feeling,” Woods said in 2001. “When I didn’t have any more shots to play, that’s when I started to realize what I had done. I started getting a little emotional.”

Tiger Woods Says He Is Recovering At Home After Crash

In this file photo US golfer Tiger Woods smiles while speaking to the press at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland on June 24, 2014. Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

 

Tiger Woods said Tuesday he has left hospital and is recovering at home after being seriously injured in a car crash in Los Angeles last month.

In a statement released on social media, the golf superstar thanked hospital staff who cared for him following his single-vehicle car accident on February 23.

“Happy to report that I am back home and continuing my recovery,” Woods said. “I am so grateful for the outpouring of support and encouragement that I have received over the past few weeks.”

The vehicle driven (R bottom) by golfer Tiger Woods lies on its side in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on February 23, 2021, after a rollover accident.Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP)

 

“Thank you to the incredible surgeons, doctors, nurses and staff at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. You have all taken such great care of me and I cannot thank you enough,” he added. “I will be recovering at home and working on getting stronger every day.”

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Woods suffered serious injuries when his car flew off the road and flipped several times during last month’s accident.

The 45-year-old 15-time major champion later underwent hours of surgery to repair his shattered lower right leg and ankle, which included the insertion of a rod into his tibia and the use of screws and pins to stabilise the joint.

– ‘Purely an accident’ –
Woods faces a lengthy recovery from his injuries, which included open fractures affecting his right leg, raising questions over his future playing career which has also included 82 tour victories.

Woods was already recovering from his fifth back surgery — and hoping he would be able to prepare for a run at the Masters in April — when the crash occurred.

Investigators in Los Angeles have said Woods does not face charges of reckless driving over the crash, describing it as “purely an accident” and adding there was no evidence of impairment.

The vehicle driven by golfer Tiger Woods lies on its side in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on February 23, 2021, after a rollover accident. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP)

 

Last month’s accident was the latest dramatic chapter of Woods career, which saw him dominate the golf world for more than a decade before a 2009 sex scandal sent his game into freefall.

He later divorced from his Swedish wife Elin Nordegren after a cascade of women came forward to say they had affairs with the golfer.

In May 2017, he was arrested near his home in Florida for being asleep at the wheel of his car in a traffic lane. Woods said he had taken prescription drugs and pleaded guilty to reckless driving.

A series of operations on his back left many wondering whether Woods could ever return to the top of his sport, but he completed a fairytale comeback with victory at the 2019 Masters to clinch his 15th major title, three shy of the record of 18 held by Jack Nicklaus.

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Tiger Woods Transferred To Los Angeles Hospital For Further Treatment

Tiger Woods (Photo Credit: AFP)

 

 

Golf superstar Tiger Woods has been transferred to a Los Angeles medical facility for further treatment, according to a statement Thursday from the hospital where he underwent surgery for serious leg injuries after his car crash.

“Mr. Tiger Woods was transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for continuing orthopedic care and recovery,” said Anish Mahajan, CEO of the hospital where Woods was first taken.

“On behalf of our staff, it was an honor to provide orthopedic trauma care to one of our generation’s greatest athletes.”

Woods was driving alone Tuesday morning in a Los Angeles suburb on a road notorious for accidents when his SUV hit the center median, crossed into the opposing lane, struck a tree and then rolled over several times.

The 15-time major champion underwent surgery to repair “significant orthopedic injuries” to his lower right leg and ankle.

This included the insertion of a rod into Woods’s shin bone and the use of “a combination of screws and pins” to stabilize his foot and ankle.

“To respect patient confidentiality, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center will not provide any further information,” added Mahajan.

Woods’ latest injuries have cast doubt on the golfing legend’s ability to compete at the top level again.

The crash comes just two months after the Woods underwent his fifth back operation.

The first officer to arrive at the scene of the crash said it was “very fortunate” that Woods even came out of it alive.

He was found conscious, appearing “calm and lucid” and able to identify himself as “Tiger,” Deputy Carlos Gonzalez said Tuesday.

Woods was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, said Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva.

The most Woods could face would be a low-level offense known as an infraction if investigators conclude that he was speeding or not paying attention.

 

 

The vehicle driven (R bottom) by golfer Tiger Woods lies on its side in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on February 23, 2021, after a rollover accident. – US golfer Tiger Woods was hospitalized Tuesday after a car crash in which his vehicle sustained “major damage,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department said. Woods, the sole occupant, was removed from the wreckage by firefighters and paramedics, and suffered “multiple leg injuries,” his agent said in a statement to US media. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP)
The vehicle driven by golfer Tiger Woods lies on its side in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on February 23, 2021, after a rollover accident. – US golfer Tiger Woods was hospitalized Tuesday after a car crash in which his vehicle sustained “major damage,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department said. Woods, the sole occupant, was removed from the wreckage by firefighters and paramedics, and suffered “multiple leg injuries,” his agent said in a statement to US media. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP)

Tiger Woods’s Car-Crash Injuries Cast Doubt On Future

PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Tiger Woods on hand at the trophy presentation ceremony after the final round of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club on February 21, 2021 in Pacific Palisades, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Harry How / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

 

 

Golf legend Tiger Woods was recovering in hospital on Wednesday after surgery for serious leg injuries sustained in a car crash that have raised fears for the 45-year-old’s career.

Law enforcement officials said the 15-time major champion, who has been plagued by injury in recent years, was lucky to survive the accident in which his car rolled several times.

Woods was driving alone in a Los Angeles suburb on a road notorious for fatal accidents when his SUV crashed on Tuesday morning, with firefighters and paramedics having to cut him out of the wreckage.

 

The vehicle driven (R bottom) by golfer Tiger Woods lies on its side in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on February 23, 2021, after a rollover accident.  (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP)

 

Woods, the sole occupant, was removed from the wreckage by firefighters and paramedics, and suffered “multiple leg injuries,” his agent said in a statement to US media. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP)

 

His representatives said in a statement on Woods’s Twitter account late Tuesday that the golfer, one of the greatest of all time, was “currently awake, responsive, and recovering in his hospital room.”

In the same statement, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center chief medical officer Anish Mahajan said Woods underwent surgery to repair “significant orthopedic injuries” to his lower right leg and ankle.

This included the insertion of a rod into his shin bone and the use of “a combination of screws and pins” to stabilize his foot and ankle, the statement read.

Woods recently underwent his fifth back operation and has had three procedures on his knee during a career that has also seen him bounce back from high-profile scandal in his personal life.

In 2019, he completed an astonishing comeback from four back operations between 2014 and 2017 to win the Masters, his first major title since 2008.

News of his latest injuries has cast doubt on Woods’s ability to compete at the top level again.

 

‘Hotspot’

“If he does come back to be a golfer again then I think that would be quite extraordinary,” six-time major winner Nick Faldo said Wednesday.

The Englishman added that he thought Woods would first have to focus on rebuilding his body and that playing competitively “is possibly a long way down the line.”

Faldo said Woods’s age made it even more difficult.

“It’s tough enough playing at 45 when you’re playing against kids that are 25,” Faldo told CBS.

“But after going through this, all we can do is pray for him and hope that he finds a way to rebuild himself.”

No other vehicles or passengers were involved in the crash, which occurred on a steep stretch of road known as an accident hotspot, where Woods was traveling at “a greater speed than normal,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Tuesday.

Woods did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the early-morning incident, he added.

Villanueva said investigators would determine if Woods may have been using a cell phone while driving or was otherwise distracted in any way.

“Apparently the first contact was with the center median, and from there (the car) crossed into the opposing lane of traffic, hit the curb, hit a tree, and there was several rollovers during that process,” said Villanueva.

He did not say what caused the crash.

The car ended up several hundred feet from the initial impact, lying on its side on a patch of grass some distance off the road, with its hood badly damaged.

Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, the first officer to arrive at the scene, said it was “very fortunate that Mr. Woods was able to come out of this alive.”

Gonzalez found Woods trapped in his vehicle but conscious, appearing “calm and lucid” and able to identify himself to the deputy as “Tiger.”

“It is my understanding that he had serious injuries to both legs,” said Los Angeles County fire chief Daryl Osby.

 

(FILES) In this file photo US golfer Tiger Woods smiles while speaking to the press at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland on June 24, 2014.(Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

 

‘Prayers’

Woods was in the Los Angeles area for his annual Genesis Invitational golf tournament at the Riviera Country Club, and was driving a courtesy car on the morning of the crash.

The crash happened near the hilly Palos Verdes peninsula, at the bottom of a stretch of road which has runaway truck ramps for drivers who lose control going downhill.

The section has become notorious for fatal accidents over the years.

News of the crash spread rapidly around the sports world and beyond, with figures inside and outside golf swift to send their best wishes.

“Sending my prayers to @TigerWoods and his family tonight — here’s to a speedy recovery for the GOAT of golf,” said former US president Barack Obama.

Woods was one of the most revered athletes in the world when in November 2009, he smashed his car into a tree and a fire hydrant outside his luxury Florida home, sparking a series of scandalous revelations that doomed his marriage and put his game in freefall.

He later divorced from his Swedish wife Elin Nordegren after a cascade of women came forward to say they had affairs with the golfer, making him fodder for tabloids around the world.

In May 2017, he was arrested near his home for being asleep at the wheel of his car in a traffic lane. Woods said he had taken prescription drugs and pleaded guilty to reckless driving.

He is the winner of 82 US PGA titles, level with Sam Snead for the all-time record.

Woods remains three major victories shy of the benchmark of 18 set by Jack Nicklaus.

Tiger Woods ‘Recovering’ After Surgery Following Roll-Over Car Crash

US golfer Tiger Woods reacts during his singles match with Europe’s Spanish golfer Jon Rahm on the third day of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National Course at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, south-west of Paris, on September 30, 2018. FRANCK FIFE / AFP

 

Tiger Woods suffered serious injuries to both legs as his car flew off the road and flipped several times Tuesday near Los Angeles in a crash he was “very fortunate” to survive, law enforcement officials who found the US golf legend said.

Woods underwent surgery to repair “significant orthopaedic injuries” to his lower right leg and ankle, which included the insertion of a rod into his tibia and the use of “a combination of screws and pins” to stabilize his foot and ankle, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center chief medical officer Anish Mahajan said in a statement released on the golfer’s Twitter account late Tuesday.

“He is currently awake, responsive, and recovering in his hospital room,” the Twitter statement read, adding there would be no further updates, and thanking first responders and well-wishers.

Woods did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the early-morning incident, said Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva.

No other vehicles or passengers were involved in the crash, which occurred on a steep stretch of road known as an accident “hotspot,” where Woods was travelling at “a greater speed than normal,” said the sheriff.

“I will say that it’s very fortunate that Mr. Woods was able to come out of this alive,” said deputy Carlos Gonzalez, the first officer to arrive at the scene.

Gonzalez found Woods trapped in his vehicle but conscious, appearing “calm and lucid” and able to identify himself to the deputy as “Tiger.”

“It is my understanding that he had serious injuries to both legs,” said Los Angeles County fire chief Daryl Osby, describing Woods’ condition as “stable.”

Firefighters and paramedics extricated Woods from the wreckage of his SUV and transported him with a neck collar and backboard to a local hospital via road.

The 45-year-old, one of the most successful golfers of all time, has won 15 major championships.

He recently underwent his fifth back surgery, and said he was uncertain if he would be able to complete his latest injury comeback in time to play at April’s Masters.

“On behalf of the PGA Tour and our players, Tiger is in our prayers and will have our full support as he recovers,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement.

‘True champion’

Woods was in the Los Angeles area for his annual Genesis Invitational golf tournament at the Riviera Country Club, and was driving a courtesy car on the morning of the crash.

It happened near the hilly Palos Verdes peninsula, at the bottom of a stretch of road which has runaway truck ramps for drivers who lose control going downhill.

The section has become notorious for fatal accidents over the years.

“Apparently the first contact was with the center median, and from there (the car) crossed into the opposing lane of traffic, hit the curb, hit a tree, and there was several rollovers during that process,” said Villanueva, who did not provide a cause of the crash.

The car ended up several hundred feet from the initial impact, lying on its side on a patch of grass some distance off the road, with its hood badly damaged.

News of the crash spread rapidly around the sports world and beyond, with figures inside and outside golfing swift to send their prayers and best wishes to Woods.

Skier Lindsey Vonn, Woods’ former girlfriend, tweeted: “Praying for TW right now.”

“Sending my prayers to @TigerWoods and his family tonight — here’s to a speedy recovery for the GOAT of golf,” said former US president Barack Obama.

Fellow ex-president Donald Trump, speaking to Fox, urged Woods to “get better and get out there because we all miss him.”

‘Deeply concerned’

Woods was one of the most revered athletes in the world when he became engulfed in scandal in late 2009.

Back then, he smashed his car into a tree and a fire hydrant outside his luxury Florida home, sparking a series of scandalous revelations that doomed his marriage and put his game in freefall.

He later divorced from his Swedish wife Elin Nordegren after a cascade of women came forward to say they had affairs with the golfer, making him fodder for tabloids around the world.

Woods underwent four back surgeries between 2014 and 2017.

In May 2017, Woods was arrested near his home for being asleep at the wheel of his car in a traffic lane.

Woods said he had taken prescription drugs and pleaded guilty to reckless driving.

But he made an astonishing comeback to win the Masters in 2019, his first major title since 2008.

He is the winner of 82 US PGA titles, level with Sam Snead for the all-time record.

In 2000-01, while aged just 25, Woods became the first man to hold the US Open, British Open, the USPGA and the Masters titles at the same time.

Woods remains three major victories shy of the all-time record 18 won by Jack Nicklaus.

“Barbara and I just heard about Tiger’s accident, and like everyone else, we are deeply concerned,” tweeted Nicklaus.

“We want to offer him our heartfelt support and prayers at this difficult time. Please join us in wishing Tiger a successful surgery and all the best for a full recovery.”

Tiger Woods Hospitalised After Car Crash

US golfer Tiger Woods reacts during his singles match with Europe’s Spanish golfer Jon Rahm on the third day of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National Course at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, south-west of Paris, on September 30, 2018.
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US golfer Tiger Woods was hospitalised Tuesday after a car crash in which his vehicle sustained “major damage,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department said.

Woods, the sole occupant, was removed from the wreckage by firefighters and paramedics and taken to a local hospital for treatment, a statement said.

The extent of his injuries was not known. The roll-over collision near Los Angeles did not involve any other vehicles.

Woods was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The roll-over crash near Los Angeles did not involve any other vehicles. Television images showed the car lying on a patch of grass off the road, with its hood badly damaged.

Woods, one of the most successful golfers of all time, has won 15 major golf championships.

He recently underwent his fifth back surgery and said he was uncertain if he will be able to play at the upcoming Masters, which he last won in 2019.

According to celebrity website TMZ, 45-year-old Woods was in the area for his annual Genesis Invitational golf tournament at the Riviera Country Club.

More to follow. 

Tiger Woods Makes Cut But ‘Struggles’ On Greens At PGA Championship

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 07: Tiger Woods of the United States looks over a putt on the sixth green during the second round of the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park on August 07, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFP

 

 

Tiger Woods says he is going to have to hit crisper irons and clean up his putting on Saturday if he is going have any chance at capturing his 16th major championship. 

 

Woods fired a two-over-par 72 Friday to make the cut at the PGA Championship, but his even-par 140 total leaves him eight shots behind leader Li Haotong of China.

“Tomorrow I’m going off early and hopefully I can get it going, drive the ball like I did today, hit my irons a little bit more crisp, and be a little bit more aggressive on the putts,” said the 15-time major champion.

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts after playing a shot on the 18th hole as Tiger Woods of the United States looks on during the second round of the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park on August 07, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

 

Even if his game isn’t as sharp as it used to be, history has shown it is never wise to count Woods out, especially after his stunning Masters victory last year.

Woods teed off for the second straight day with former world number one Rory McIlroy and current No. 1 Justin Thomas. The marquee trio all made the cut with Thomas sneaking in on the cut line at one over 141.

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 07: Tiger Woods of the United States plays his shot from the 12th tee during the second round of the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park on August 07, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFP

 

McIlroy is one stroke ahead of Woods at one-under 139 after a roller-coaster round that included four consecutive birdies beginning on No. 7 followed by a triple bogey on the 12th.

Woods switched to a longer putter this week and is still getting used to it. He is pleased with the way he is driving the ball, but the new putter let him down.

“I really struggled with getting the speed of the greens today,” said the four-time PGA Champion. “They looked faster than what they were putting.

“They were firm coming into the greens, but they weren’t putting as fast as they looked, and then as the day wore on, they got a little more fuzzy and got even slower.

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, Tiger Woods of the United States, Justin Thomas of the United States walk off the 18th green during the second round of the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park on August 07, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

 

“I struggled even a little bit more hitting the putts hard enough.”

Woods has played only one tournament since the PGA Tour returned (a T40 finish at the Memorial) and has shown mixed results in the few events he’s entered this season.

When coronavirus hit, Woods took five months off to heal himself and fix his swing. He returned two weeks ago with mixed results at the Memorial.

Woods had better luck with the weather in Thursday’s first-round than he did on Friday as heavy gusts whipped around the TPC Harding Park course.

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 07: Tiger Woods of the United States walks to the 18th green during the second round of the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park on August 07, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

 

“Early in the round I had a couple of putts that were downwind and the wind was blowing the putts a little bit,” he said.

“J.T. got affected a couple of times today with the wind gusts, and I did on one hole pretty badly.

“If I can get myself in a position where I did today driving off the tee, I think I can have a really good weekend.”

 

 

-AFP