/ 25 February 2021

Tiger crash takes him off course

Golf legend Tiger Woods is recovering from surgery after a serious car crash on a notorious downhill stretch of road through Los Angeles. The 15-times major title champ’s life was saved by his seatbelt and airbags, but he was trapped in the car wreck and suffered significant leg injuries.

The 45-year-old’s SUV crossed onto the wrong side of the road before hitting the curb and a tree. The car rolled and landed on its side off the roadway, and firefighters had to use a pry bar and an axe to free Woods from his vehicle. He was transferred to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center near Carson, California with serious leg injuries, and drugs and alcohol were ruled out as factors in the crash by officers at the scene, reports say. A statement released late yesterday was posted on Woods’ Twitter account saying his lower right leg and ankle had been operated on. Surgeons stabilised his open leg fractures (ie the bone was exposed to the air) by inserting a rod into the tibia, while injuries to his right foot and ankle were put back together with a combination of screws and pins.

Right? The monogamy sceptic has seen more than his fair share of injuries, some of which have kept him away from golf for long stretches. In January, Woods underwent his 5th back surgery to remove a pressurised disc fragment that was pinching a nerve and causing discomfort. And in 2019, he had surgery to repair ligament damage in his left knee. But he’s no stranger to pushing through the pain, including the time he won the 2008 US Open with 2 stress fractures and a torn ACL in his left knee for 91 holes. Woods’ latest injuries, however, have cast a cloud over the next chapter of his career. The County Sheriff’s Deputy said: “It’s very fortunate that Mr Woods was able to come out of this alive.” And plenty of high profile prayers were sent his way…

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