Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy I said it best before the Masters Tournament 2021: “Every time Tiger Woods plays in a golf tournament, it is better.”
Unfortunately for his fellow golfers and PGA Tour fans, Woods will not be able to participate in this year’s Masters, or any other event for the foreseeable future, as he continues to recover from the injuries he sustained in a car accident in February. Without a doubt, his absence will be felt at Augusta National.
“He said it’s starting to settle down,” Justin Thomas said after talking to Woods. “He’s upset that he’s not here playing practice rounds with us, and we hate him too.”
When will golf’s biggest star be ready to play again? Well, he has a long road to recovery.
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Tiger Woods Recovery Update
Woods announced on March 16 that he had returned home to Florida after undergoing surgery and treatment at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in California. He did not offer a recovery schedule, only noted that he is focused on “getting stronger every day.”
Happy to report that I am back home and continuing my recovery. I am very grateful for the great amount of support and encouragement that I have received over the past few weeks. Thank you to the amazing surgeons, doctors, nurses, and staff at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. You have all taken very good care of me and I cannot thank you enough. I will recover at home and work to strengthen myself each day.
What are Tiger Woods’ injuries in a car accident?
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Medical Director and Acting Executive Director Dr. Anish Mahajan described Woods’ injuries in a statement posted from Woods’ official Twitter account February 24:
Mr. Woods sustained major orthopedic injuries to his right lower limb that were treated during emergency surgery by orthopedic trauma specialists at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, a level 1 trauma center. The comminuted open fractures that affected both the Both upper and lower parts of the tibia and fibula bones were stabilized by inserting a rod into the tibia. Additional foot and ankle bone injuries were stabilized with a combination of screws and pins. Trauma to the muscle and soft tissues of the leg required surgical release of the muscle covering to relieve pressure due to swelling.
What is a comminuted open fracture?
A comminuted fracture occurs when the bone is “broken into pieces, which may require surgery for a complete healing.” An open fracture, also known as a compound fracture, occurs when the broken bone has pierced through the skin.
Dr. Joseph Patterson, a trauma surgeon at USC’s Keck Medicine in Los Angeles, told The Associated Press that there is a high risk of infection for patients with open fractures.
“The fabric can be exposed to bacteria, dirt and clothing,” Patterson said. “The results can be much worse if that tissue becomes infected.”
Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith faced that exact problem after sustaining a compound fracture to his right leg in 2018. His recovery was complicated by a bacterial infection after his initial surgery. At one point, medical professionals spoke with Smith about the possibility of having his leg amputated.
Finally, after several surgeries and a rigorous rehabilitation process, Smith was able to complete a “miraculous” comeback by returning to the field in 2020.
Will Tiger Woods play golf again?
It’s too early to tell if Woods will be able to rejoin the PGA Tour in the future. Woods is likely considering many months of payback time based on currently available information, but an exact timeline is difficult to formulate.
“Can he come back from this? It’s unclear at this point,” said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency room physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. told USA Today. “We don’t know. But it will be a long period of rehab and it will be painful. We can assume that it is going to go through bumps and twists and turns.”
“It is not very clear. But at least now he has life.”
The cause of Tiger Woods’ car accident revealed
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told reporters at a press conference on April 7 that Woods’ accident was caused solely by excessive speed. No traffic citations will be issued.
“The main causal factor for this traffic collision was driving at an unsafe speed for the road conditions and the inability to negotiate the curve of the road,” said Villanueva (via The Associated Press).
Woods was driving 84 to 87 mph down a stretch of highway that had a 45 mph speed limit, and he hit a tree while going 75 mph, Villanueva said. There was no evidence that Woods attempted to brake, and investigators believe Woods may have accidentally stepped on the gas instead of the brake pedal. Authorities have said there was no evidence of impaired or distracted driving.
In a sentence Posted from his Twitter account after the press conference, Woods said he knew the investigation was over.
In the past few days, I received word from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that their investigation regarding my car accident on February 23rd in Los Angeles had been completed and closed. I am very grateful to the two Good Samaritans who came to help me and called 911. I am also grateful to the LASD officers and Los Angeles fire / paramedics, especially Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff Carlos Gonzalez and the Los Angeles Motor Company. LAFD 106 Smith and Gimenez Fire Paramedics, for expertly assisting me on the scene and getting me safely to the hospital. I will continue to focus on my recovery and my family, and I will thank everyone for the overwhelming support and encouragement that I have received during this very difficult time.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.