A Tiger in Repose: Following Horrific Accident, What Lies Ahead for Woods

Tiger Woods
Photo Courtesy: Golf Digest

After an outpouring of support following his car accident and subsequent surgeries, a look at what lies ahead for Tiger Woods.

By Anthony Cotton

For an event he wasn’t participating in, there was an unmistakable Tiger Woods vibe happening last weekend at the World Golf Championships—Workday Championship at The Concession. On Sunday, a number of players wore red shirts, symbolic of Tiger’s final round power garb. That group included Phil Mickelson, who took the adage about necessity being the mother of invention to a harrowing extreme for a guy who attended Arizona State University—purchasing a top adorned with an insignia of that school’s arch rival, the University of Arizona.

(Lest he incur the wrath of the Sun Devils’ faithful, Lefty did wear a sweater that neatly covered up the U of A logo.)

Rory McIIlroy was among the players who wore red shirts honoring Tiger Woods during last week’s WGC Championships. Photo Courtesy: PGA TOUR

Like Mickelson and Woods (who went to Stanford), the winner of the event, Collin Morikawa, is also a product of the Pac-12—Cal Berkeley. By taking home the top prize, the 24-year-old joined Woods as the only men to win a major championship (Morikawa won the 2020 PGA Championship) and a WGC event before their 25th birthday.

This after Woods was injured in a single-car accident last week in Los Angeles. Suffering multiple fractures to his legs and ankles in the crash, Los Angeles County sheriff Alex Villanueva said in a news conference that Woods was “very fortunate to come out of this alive.” That statement provides some insight into what awaits Woods when it comes to rehabbing from his injuries. Forget about golf: at this point, between his back and knees and now this, Woods has undergone close to a dozen different surgeries—and those  are only the ones that his team has chosen to make public.

At this point, as Rory McIlroy and others have so eloquently put it, the main thing at this point is for Woods to make a full recovery amid the comfort and support of friends and family. But that process will be challenging—here’s more from Golf Digest on what that might look like:

For more on the story, and updates on Woods’ condition, check out Golf Digest’s article HERE.

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