Tiger Woods rushed to hospital following car accident
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There has been an ‘optimistic’ update on Tiger Woods’ eagerly anticipated return to golf eight months on from his horror car crash in Los Angeles.
Woods has not played in a PGA Tour event since November last year when he featured in the rescheduled 2020 Masters, but was then ruled out for the remainder of the year and beginning of 2021 through injury.
Initially the 15-time major champion was expected to return to the Tour at some point this campaign, however after being involved in the vehicle accident in February of this year his absence has now stretched to just under 12 months.
Woods was in LA to host the annual Genesis Invitational at the Riviera Country Club a day prior to the accident, where he suffered ‘open fractures affecting the upper and lower of the tibia and fibula bones’.
Consequently the 82-time PGA Tour winner has been going through rigorous rehabilitation since, however there has been a positive update on Woods’ recovery and return to golf.
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Describing the golfing great’s recovery as ‘remarkable’, a source told People: “[Woods is] feeling strong and healthy and optimistic that he’ll be able to return to tour.”
The insider went on to reveal that Woods has a ‘timeframe in his head’ as to when he is aiming to return to the PGA Tour, adding: “He knows when he wants to return, and he’s going to make it happen.”
As well as admitting that the 45-year-old already has his plan in place to return to the Tour, the source also told People that he has worked ‘very hard’ to get to where he is in his recovery today.
The insider commented: “He has worked very hard in physical therapy. … He has had an incredible recovery.”
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This is not the first time somebody close to the 2019 Masters champion has given a glowing report on his hardworking recovery, after close friend and former Ryder Cup teammate Rickie Fowler praised Woods’ work ethic in rehab this summer.
Speaking at the 3M Open in August Fowler said: “I know he’s been getting after it as far as rehab goes, that takes up most of his day.
“I know as kind of stubborn as he is, being as big of a golf nerd as all of us are, he’s putting the work in. I know it’s been tough. It’s a long road till now, he’s got a long road ahead, but he’s putting the work in.”
In addition to his drive to get back out onto the golf course, People also revealed that another key driving factor in his remarkable recovery has been the inspiration of his son Charlie, 12 and daughter Sam, 14.
The source added: “Being a dad has helped him stay focused on his recovery.
“At times, it’s been very difficult for him both physically and mentally.
“His leg injuries caused him extreme pain. He is a fighter and has been determined to get better though.”
Woods was recently pictured on a golf course for the first time since the crash, as he was seen watching over son Charlie last week as the youngster competed in a junior event in their home state of Florida.
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