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Ryder Cup: Tiger Woods private message inspired USA pair to crush McIlroy and Poulter

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Tiger Woods may not be at Whistling Straits, but his influence was felt as the United States made a rip-roaring start to their Ryder Cup trophy bid.

The 45-year-old Woods is continuing his recovery from the February high-speed car crash near Los Angeles that left him with serious leg injuries, and it remains to be seen whether he is capable of playing again on tour.
But the 15-time major winner is willing the USA team to snatch back the cup from Europe, and Xander Schauffele revealed he had been in touch with a few words of encouragement.

Woods, who often struggled to take his world-beating form onto the Ryder Cup stage, had his say before the Americans raced into a 3-1 lead following the morning foursomes.
Schauffele, after teaming up with fellow debutant Patrick Cantlay to land a dazzling 5 and 3 win over Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter, confirmed Woods wanted to offer help from afar.

Xander Schauffele on Tiger Woods
“We got a nice message from Tiger last night,” Schauffele said on the Golf Channel.
“I’m not going to reveal what it said, but Pat and I knew and we referred to it a few times today, and we knew what we needed to do.

“We knew he was fist-pumping from the couch. Whether he was on crutches or not, he’s as fired up as anyone back at home, so it’s nice to have his support.”

Woods has a disappointing record of just 13 wins from 37 Ryder Cup matches, an unexpectedly weak performance given his PGA Tour and major championship prowess.
But he remains an idol for many players on the team, with Schauffele and Cantlay two of six rookies on Steve Stricker’s roster this year.

Cantlay said: “[There’s] no better role model and no better leader and somebody you can always learn from.
“I saw him last week at home and picked his brain on Ryder Cup and applied some of that here today.”
The USA pair sped to a 5up lead through five holes on the way to their dominant victory, feeding off the largely American crowd.
A disappointed McIlroy said: “The start wasn’t great. I don’t know if anyone could have beat Xander and Patrick today.
“They played really good, four birdies in a row. Geez, yeah, they played great. They were a great pairing today, and all you can do is praise them for the way they played.”

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In February the golfing world stopped and held it’s breath after news began to filter through that Woods was involved in car crash.

Woods, a 15-time major champion, was driving close to double the 45mph speed limit when he crashed, the Los Angeles County’s sheriff has said.

The 45-year-old’s car left the road at approximately 84-87mph and flipped several times. Woods then had to be “extricated” from his Genesis GV80, a luxury SUV.

There was no evidence that he had been impaired by drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash, with sheriff Alex Villanueva saying the primary reason for the traffic collision was driving at an unsafe speed.

Woods’ car came to rest several hundred feet away from where he entered the dusty area, hitting a tree in the process and rolling several times.

It was estimated that the estimated speed of the first impact on Woods’ car was 87mph, while when it hit the tree he is said to have been travelling at 75mph.

There were no witnesses to the incident.

Woods then underwent a long surgical procedure on his lower right leg and ankle. Dr. Anish Mahajan said Woods suffered “significant orthopedic injuries”.

He suffered “commuted open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibule bones in the leg”.

A rod had to be inserted into the tibia, Dr Mahajan said in a statement.

Dr Mahajan added that screws and pins were also inserted in Woods’ foot and ankle.

It’s possible Woods suffered injuries we aren’t aware of that did not require immediate surgery.

What do we know about his recovery?

It’s going well, according to snippets we’ve heard here and there.

Steve Stricker claimed before the Ryder Cup Woods was in good spirits and said: “Things are moving in the right direction.”

Woods has posted pictures here and there but it still looks like he is in crutches.

He can place a little bit of weight on his right leg, however.

Woods texted the United States team to “step on their necks” as they cantered to a 19-9 Ryder Cup victory.

Most recently Woods posted images of him searching for old trophies.

Even the most optomistic doctor would suggest that after Woods’ crash it would take months for him to recover to play golf – let alone competitive golf.

Woods told GolfDigest’s Daniel Rapaport in May that his rehab was, “more painful than anything I have ever experienced”.

Clearly Woods was asked if he hoped to play golf again, but Woods declined to answer the question.

He did tell the publication: “My physical therapy has been keeping me busy. I do my routines every day and am focused on my No. 1 goal right now: walking on my own. Taking it one step at a time.”

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Clearly Woods was asked if he hoped to play golf again, but…

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In February the golfing world stopped and held it’s breath after news began to filter through that Woods was involved in car crash.

Woods, a 15-time major champion, was driving close to double the 45mph speed limit when he crashed, the Los Angeles County’s sheriff has said.

The 45-year-old’s car left the road at approximately 84-87mph and flipped several times. Woods then had to be “extricated” from his Genesis GV80, a luxury SUV.

There was no evidence that he had been impaired by drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash, with sheriff Alex Villanueva saying the primary reason for the traffic collision was driving at an unsafe speed.

Woods’ car came to rest several hundred feet away from where he entered the dusty area, hitting a tree in the process and rolling several times.

It was estimated that the estimated speed of the first impact on Woods’ car was 87mph, while when it hit the tree he is said to have been travelling at 75mph.

There were no witnesses to the incident.

Woods then underwent a long surgical procedure on his lower right leg and ankle. Dr. Anish Mahajan said Woods suffered “significant orthopedic injuries”.

He suffered “commuted open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibule bones in the leg”.

A rod had to be inserted into the tibia, Dr Mahajan said in a statement.

Dr Mahajan added that screws and pins were also inserted in Woods’ foot and ankle.

It’s possible Woods suffered injuries we aren’t aware of that did not require immediate surgery.

What do we know about his recovery?

It’s going well, according to snippets we’ve heard here and there.

Steve Stricker claimed before the Ryder Cup Woods was in good spirits and said: “Things are moving in the right direction.”

Woods has posted pictures here and there but it still looks like he is in crutches.

He can place a little bit of weight on his right leg, however.

Woods texted the United States team to “step on their necks” as they cantered to a 19-9 Ryder Cup victory.

Most recently Woods posted images of him searching for old trophies.

Even the most optomistic doctor would suggest that after Woods’ crash it would take months for him to recover to play golf – let alone competitive golf.

Woods told GolfDigest’s Daniel Rapaport in May that his rehab was, “more painful than anything I have ever experienced”.

Clearly Woods was asked if he hoped to play golf again, but Woods declined to answer the question.

He did tell the publication: “My physical therapy has been keeping me busy. I do my routines every day and am focused on my No. 1 goal right now: walking on my own. Taking it one step at a time.”

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TIGER WOODS: WHAT IS THE LATEST AFTER HORROR CRASH KEPT HIM FROM THE RYDER CUP?

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In February the golfing world stopped and held it’s breath after news began to filter through that Woods was involved in car crash.

Woods, a 15-time major champion, was driving close to double the 45mph speed limit when he crashed, the Los Angeles County’s sheriff has said.

The 45-year-old’s car left the road at approximately 84-87mph and flipped several times. Woods then had to be “extricated” from his Genesis GV80, a luxury SUV.

There was no evidence that he had been impaired by drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash, with sheriff Alex Villanueva saying the primary reason for the traffic collision was driving at an unsafe speed.

Woods’ car came to rest several hundred feet away from where he entered the dusty area, hitting a tree in the process and rolling several times.

It was estimated that the estimated speed of the first impact on Woods’ car was 87mph, while when it hit the tree he is said to have been travelling at 75mph.

There were no witnesses to the incident.

Woods then underwent a long surgical procedure on his lower right leg and ankle. Dr. Anish Mahajan said Woods suffered “significant orthopedic injuries”.

He suffered “commuted open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibule bones in the leg”.

A rod had to be inserted into the tibia, Dr Mahajan said in a statement.

Dr Mahajan added that screws and pins were also inserted in Woods’ foot and ankle.

It’s possible Woods suffered injuries we aren’t aware of that did not require immediate surgery.

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What do we know about his recovery?

It’s going well, according to snippets we’ve heard here and there.

Steve Stricker claimed before the Ryder Cup Woods was in good spirits and said: “Things are moving in the right direction.”

Woods has posted pictures here and there but it still looks like he is in crutches.

He can place a little bit of weight on his right leg, however.

Woods texted the United States team to “step on their necks” as they cantered to a 19-9 Ryder Cup victory.

Most recently Woods posted images of him searching for old trophies.

Even the most optomistic doctor would suggest that after Woods’ crash it would take months for him to recover to play golf – let alone competitive golf.

Woods told GolfDigest’s Daniel Rapaport in May that his rehab was, “more painful than anything I have ever experienced”.

Clearly Woods was asked if he hoped to play golf again, but Woods declined to answer the question.

He did tell the publication: “My physical therapy has been keeping me busy. I do my routines every day and am focused on my No. 1 goal right now: walking on my own. Taking it one step at a time.”

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