Tiger Woods‘ gorgeous 2019 win at Augusta looks like it occurred 100 years in the past, despite the fact that it was the latest Masters performed in April. A worldwide pandemic and a nationwide social justice motion have altered the trajectory of our lives since then. Woods himself suffered a dramatic automotive wreck earlier this yr, and stays out of the general public eye.
As Masters Week begins, here is what we do learn about Woods and his situation:
Early on the morning of Feb. 24, Woods was driving to a golf course to shoot episodes of an upcoming TV collection when his SUV hit a median and rolled over. The avenue in Rancho Palos Verdes the place Woods suffered the accident is a winding one, recognized for accidents, and Woods’ automotive rolled a number of occasions earlier than coming to relaxation on its facet. Sheriff’s deputies on the scene extracted Woods from the automobile, and officers later mentioned that the SUV’s design and airbags seemingly saved Woods’ life.
Woods had been in Los Angeles for the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club, a match benefiting his basis. Due to a latest again surgical procedure, he wasn’t taking part in within the occasion, however he advised CBS’s Jim Nantz that he hoped to be able to play within the Masters.
Woods was sent to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center with damage to both legs, most notably a number of fractures to his proper leg and a shattered proper ankle. Later within the day, Woods’ staff introduced that he was “awake and responsive.” He was later moved to Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles and described by his staff as “recovering and in good spirits.”
In the primary press convention following the wreck, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva mentioned there was “no evidence of impairment” and no indication that Woods was beneath any sort of affect when the wreck occurred. Officials described Woods as “cooperative” on the scene and mentioned they didn’t have possible trigger for testing his blood.
Orthopedists contacted by Yahoo Sports shortly after the wreck indicated that it could be “very challenging” for Woods to return to elite-level competitive golf, citing each the potential diploma of accidents to his legs and the potential setbacks from the latest again surgical procedure.
Woods has not made any public on-camera statements because the wreck, however he has been in contact along with his fellow gamers. Justin Thomas, as an example, mentioned Woods texted him the evening earlier than Thomas’s win on the Players Championship. Multiple gamers have spoken out on how a lot Woods has meant to them personally.
Woods returned to his house in Florida in mid-March. “Happy to report I am home and continuing my recovery,” Woods said in a tweet statement. “I will be recovering at home and working on getting stronger every day.” There was no point out of golf.
Late final month, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that it has determined the cause of Woods’ crash, however has not shared that data with the general public whereas it awaits permission from Woods. L.A. County has a few of the strictest privateness legal guidelines within the nation, however Woods’ superstar standing additionally virtually definitely performed a job in preserving the crash’s actual trigger beneath seal.
Back in 2017, Woods confided in fellow inexperienced jacket winners on the annual Masters Champions Dinner that he was pretty positive his taking part in days have been over. That turned out to not be true, in fact; Woods would go on to win the Masters simply two years later. But now, the stakes are a lot greater, the accidents apparently way more widespread.
Woods has now missed 4 of the final eight Masters, a match he is at all times set as his pinnacle and his North Star. If he is in a position to return to aggressive golf — nonetheless an enormous if — the 2022 Masters would possibly present him with an attainable objective. If not, he could also be again at Augusta just for the Champions’ Dinners. It’s nonetheless very a lot wait-and-see.
Jay Busbee is a author for Yahoo Sports. Follow him on Twitter at @jaybusbee and phone him at [email protected]
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