Tiger Woods’ next major challenge will be working through physiotherapy rehabilitation to heal his injuries.
A source tells PEOPLE that Woods, a 15-time major champion, has a “long recovery ahead” after his single-car rollover crash in the upscale suburb of Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on Tuesday.
“When he is healed enough, he will need other treatments, including physical therapy. But he is a fighter. If anyone can recover from this, it is him,” the source says of Woods, who remains hospitalized at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, a level 1 trauma center, where he underwent surgery on his lower right leg and ankle.
“He wore a seatbelt thankfully. Otherwise, he might not have made it,” the source adds, echoing similar remarks first given by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Carlos Gonzalez who said during Tuesday’s press conference: “I’ve seen collisions that didn’t look as serious where the occupants were injured much more severely. I think that’s just a testament to the fact that he was wearing a seatbelt, airbags worked as intended.”
The most recent update on Woods’ health came from his team on Wednesday, when they released a statement via the golfer’s Twitter account.
Woods “suffered significant orthopedic injuries to his right lower extremity that were treated during emergency surgery by Orthopedic trauma specialists at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center,” according to Anish Mahajan, MD, chief medical officer at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. “[Woods] is currently awake, responsive, and recovering in the hospital room.”
Tiger Woods Reveals ONE FACTOR That Is Holding Him Back From Returning to Professional Golf
Tiger Woods has finally made his first-ever public appearance since the horrifying solo car crash in February. Moreover, he had a damaged ankle with open fractures breaking his fibula and tibia in the right leg. However, he seems to have made an excellent recovery, as he recently posted a video of himself practicing at the range.
Hence, since then, fans have been anticipating some news from his end. And finally, it has happened at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. He faced the media on Tuesday morning as the host of the event and tried to provide clarity on his journey going ahead as a golfer. So let us have a look at his first-ever press conference and public appearance since February 2021.
Tiger Woods reveals one condition which will force him to resume normal golf
Tiger Woods gave a press conference earlier this morning and answered every question that was directed at him without any fear. Meanwhile, a journalist asked him about his comeback to the tour and when will he resume regular golf. However, Tiger said he still doesn’t know the exact timeline for his return to normal golf.
He said he sat with his family and discussed whether he should be playing out on the Tour, once again. Moreover, all the members agreed, but Woods believes he hasn’t internally reached there. “You know, all of us sat down and said, you know if you all cooperate and I get to a point where I can play the tour,” said Woods.
“Is it okay with you guys if I try to do it? And the consensus was yes. Now internally, I haven’t reached that point. I haven’t proven to myself that I can do it. Yeah, I can show up here, and I can host an event. I can play a par three course.”
However, he said when it comes to competing against the best players in the world on demanding courses, it requires something more, which he hasn’t found yet. “Now I have a long way to go to get to that point. Now I haven’t decided whether I want to get to that point. I gotta get my leg to a point where that decision can be made. And we’ll see what happens when I get to that point, but I got a long way to go.”
Hence, when he gets to a point where he thinks he can compete once again against the best in the world, he will make a comeback and start competing.
Tiger Woods ‘Supports’ the PGA Tour in Ongoing Saga With Breakaway Leagues
It is no secret that the new rival leagues are a major threat to the PGA tour. Recently, players like Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau have committed to Greg Norman’s event on the Asian Tour. Hence, fans believe this is just a start to something much bigger, and the Tour needs to act fast to contain this. Now, Tiger Woods, who has competed on the PGA Tour all his life, commented on these leagues.
Tiger recently gave his first-ever press conference since his solo car crash in February. Answering every question calmly and diligently, Woods discussed a lot of things about his journey so far and also his future as a golfer. Moreover, he also commented on this entire rival league saga and shared his opinions about the same.
Tiger Woods supports PGA Tour!
During his recent press conference, a reporter asked Tiger Woods about his views on the rival leagues that Greg Norman is working on. Moreover, the reporter asked Tiger, what would he advise a player who approached him in doubt. Notably, without an iota of doubt, Tiger said, it’s going to be the player’s decision. But for him, he is supporting PGA Tour.
“I’m supporting the PGA Tour. That’s where my legacy is. I’ve been fortunate enough to have 82 wins on this tour and 15 major championships, and then a part of the World Golf Championships. So I have an allegiance to the PGA tour, and I understand that some of the comparisons are is very similar to when Arnold and Jack broke off from the PGA of America to start the tour. I don’t see it that way,” said Tiger.
Tiger appreciates PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, who he believes has done a fantastic job, especially during the pandemic. He said, “Jay, the staff have done an incredible job. And so I think the tour is in great hands. They’re doing fantastic, and prize money is going up. It’s just not guaranteed money like most sports are. Just like tennis, you gotta go out there and earn it.”
Clearly, Tiger Woods believes that PGA Tour has done an excellent job, and hence, he will continue to support this tour, no matter what. What are your thoughts on Tiger’s comments?
Is Tiger’s wood change in preparation for future golfing path!
Tiger Woods made a subtle equipment change this week at Sherwood Country Club before starting his defense of the Zozo Championship, and the swap probably was made with an eye toward the Masters.
Woods had been playing a TaylorMade M5 3-wood since early 2019, but this week that club was replaced with a TaylorMade SIM 3-wood. The club’s stated loft is 15 degrees, and it is fitted with a 70-gram Mitsubishi Diamana D+ TX shaft. However, the actual loft is 14 degrees. The club has a finished length of 42.5 inches with a swing weight of D4. Tiger’s old 3-wood had 15 degrees of loft and was fitted with the same shaft.
While many pros will pull a 5-wood out of the bag and go with a 2-iron or a driving iron when they play on firm courses or in windy conditions, 3-wood changes are rare. Three-woods are notoriously hard for pros to swap out because the clubs pull double duty, hitting the ball to a precise distance from both the the tee and off the fairway. When elite players find a 3-wood that does the job well, they tend to stick with it.
Woods’ decision to change into a TaylorMade SIM 3-wood, a club released in January, probably has more to do with getting used to the club in competition before the Masters than needing it at Sherwood Country Club this week.
The Masters starts Nov. 12, and the weather is expected to be colder at Augusta National than is typical for April. According to Titleist, a golf ball will fly 1.5 percent less far on a 50-degree day than it will when the air temperature is 70 degrees because the atmosphere is thicker. It also will fly higher.
According to Joe LaCava, Tiger Woods’ caddie, Woods hits his TaylorMade M5 3-wood about 265 yards in the air. A 1.5 percent decrease in carry distance would drop that to 261, but that assumes Woods maintains the same speed in his swing. In colder weather, most golfers have trouble staying loose and swing slower.
TaylorMade SIM fairway woods
Weight savings from the carbon-fiber crown and titanium face allowed TaylorMade to add an 80-gram sole plate to the SIM fairway woods. (TaylorMade)
The TaylorMade SIM fairway woods have titanium faces, like a driver, so they are lighter and flex more efficiently for increased ball speed. They also have a heavy soleplate that lowers the center of gravity and creates a higher launch angle. Combine all that with a loft that is 1-degree stronger, and in colder weather,Tiger may not lose any distance with his new 3-wood at Augusta National in November.