By Jamie Malloy
Playing in the Masters Golf Tournament? You’ve got to be kidding me. I can’t believe that Tiger Woods is even walking!
Back on Tuesday February 23, 2021, Woods was involved in a terrifying car crash in Los Angeles, California. Woods was the driver and only person in a Genesis GV80 SUV.
The 45-year-old star underwent emergency surgery at Harbor-UCLA Hospital. The medical staff had to repair major damage to his right leg and ankle. He had multiple open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of his right tibia and fibula, (the two main bones) in the lower leg. The bones were stabilized by a rod into his tibia.
He also suffered injuries to the bones in his right foot and ankle, which were controlled using screws and pins to the muscle and soft tissue in his leg. The doctors also had to surgically release the covering of his muscles to relieve the pressure due to swelling.
The next day, Woods was transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. to continue “orthopedic care and recovery.” Woods remained there for several weeks and in March 2021, he left the hospital and went back to his house in South Florida to recover from the crash that nearly cost him his life.
“Happy to report that I’m back home and continuing my recovery,” he tweeted. “I am so grateful for the outpouring of support and encouragement that I have received over the past few weeks.”
In June 2021, Woods was focusing very hard on his recovery with his twice a day physical therapy sessions. Though it was a very agonizing and slow process for the golf pro, he knew that he had to make the concession if he wanted to get back to playing golf one day.
And to my surprise, and to many others, in November 2021, the 5-Time Master’s Champion was seen hitting golf balls on a golf course while wearing a leg brace. He did it! He came back from a horrendous car accident. He had the heart and the determination to come back to play in another tournament. Your father would be very proud of you!
Woods was the youngest man at the age of 21 and the first African American to win the U.S. Masters. He won another 13 majors and was titled PGA Player of the Year 10 times over the next 12 years. In 2009, he then battled to stay on top after a slew of personal problems. By winning his first major title in almost 11 years, at the 2019 Masters, he ended up tying Sam Snead’s career record of 82 PGA tour wins that year.
Eldrick Tont Woods, aka: Tiger Woods, was born on December 30, 1975 in Cypress, CA. Only child of an African American Army officer father and a Thai mother. His father started calling him “Tiger” when he was a child, in honor of a friend and soldier who shared the same moniker.
When he was a young boy, Woods father, Earl, taught Woods to golf. He was his teacher and mentor. Woods had become very skilled at the sport by the age of 8, that Good Morning America invited him on their television show to present his talents.
In 2006, Woods experienced a deep personal loss when he lost his father in May to prostate cancer. Woods stated on his website at the time, “My dad was my best friend and greatest role model and I will miss him deeply.”
Well, it looks like Tiger is ready and able to start on his golfing journey again, and all of you part-time golf fans, (including myself) can start watching again.
Good luck to Tiger and if he doesn’t win, at least the golfing attendance and TV ratings will be up!