The accident that took place in November 2009, not just harmed him physically but also exposed his extramarital affairs.
Golf champion Tiger Woods was hospitalized in Los Angeles on Tuesday after his car veered off a road and rolled down a steep hillside. He suffered severe leg injuries which were not believed to be life-threatening.
However, this is not the first time the athlete was part of a car crash. The accident that took place in November 2009, not just harmed him physically but also exposed his extramarital affairs.
Widely considered as one of the best golfers of all-time, the scandal in 2009 forever shattered his golden boy image. Woods’ personal life had seemed to be just as enviable, with a loving wife and two small children. However, the turn of events on November 27, 2009, saw subsequent revelations that shocked the public.
There had been reports in the National Enquirer that Woods had engaged in an affair with a New York nightclub manager. Since the news broke, his troubles really took off.
On the morning of November 27, Woods had pulled out of the driveway of his Orlando-area home at 2:30 and had steered his car into hedges and a tree in a neighbour’s yard before he crashed into a fire hydrant.
The collision was loud and it woke up his wife, Elin Nordegren, who came running out of the house and broke the back window of the SUV with a golf club and dragged Woods into the street. One of those neighbours had called 911 and the Florida Highway Patrol reached the house in about 10 minutes.
While there was no alcohol involved in the crash, Woods had taken prescription Vicodin painkillers. His injuries were described as serious which also noted that he had been unconscious for about six minutes after the crash. Woods was then issued a citation for careless driving and fined $164.
On November 29, Woods addressed the matter with a personal statement on his website. “This is a private matter and I want to keep it that way,” the statement read.
“Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumours that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible. The only person responsible for the accident is me. My wife, Elin, acted courageously when she saw I was hurt and in trouble. She was the first person to help me. Any other assertion is absolutely false.”
However, the statement had the opposite effect, because, on the same day, Us Weekly published a report suggesting Woods had an affair with another woman.
The news showed Woods had two affairs: Rachel Uchitel, the nightclub manager identified by the National Enquirer, and Jaimee Grubbs, in the Us Weekly story.
While Uchitel initially denied the Enquirer report, the Us Weekly story had come with a message on Grubbs’ voicemail that was allegedly left by the golfer. Grubbs, who was 24 then, had said that they’d had a 31-month affair and Woods was desperate to scrub any evidence of it.
A few days later, Woods released another statement reading, “I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart. I have not been true to my values and the behaviour my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect. I am dealing with my behaviour and personal failings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone.”
He then kept himself away from all media and then finally, after two weeks of waiting, Woods made another statement saying, “I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people, most of all my wife and children”.
In February, he spoke to the press at the PGA Tour’s headquarters in Florida, and said, “I was unfaithful, I had affairs and I cheated. What I did was unacceptable. I hurt my wife, my kids, my mother, my wife’s family, my friends, my foundation and kids all around the world who admired me.”
“I knew my actions were wrong but I convinced myself that normal rules didn’t apply. I never thought about who I was hurting, instead, I thought only about myself,” he said. “I ran straight through the boundaries a married couple should live by.
“I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to. I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled, and thanks to money and fame, I didn’t have to go far to find them.”
Tiger Woods, and his Swedish wife, Elin Nordegren, divorced in 2010 following the torrid sex scandal. “The marriage between the parties is irretrievably broken,” read a court document published by the celebrity website TMZ.
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.