Everyone who follows sports held their breath yesterday when the news that Tiger Woods was in a serious accident broke. Thankfully, we later found out his life wasn't in jeopardy, but that he did suffer 'significant orthopaedic injuries to his right lower extremity.'
As we later found out, Woods was trapped inside his vehicle that went off the road and flipped several times. First responders had to extricate Tiger from his SUV and rush to the hospital to have emergency surgery. After the procedure, dr. Dr. Anish Mahajan of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center explained the injuries.
“Comminuted open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula bones were stabilized by inserting a rod into the tibia. Additional injuries to the bones of the foot and ankle were stabilized with a combination of screws and pins. Trauma to the muscle and soft-tissue of the leg required surgical release of the covering of the muscles to relieve pressure due to swelling.”
We all hope Tiger makes a full recovery, and the goal is just to walk around again. The recent two-part documentary revealed everything Woods had to overcome in his life and how the main motivation for his miraculous win in the Masters Tournament in 2019 was to show his kids their dad at his finest. Here's how one of Tiger's friends talked about his comeback performance.
That's high praise coming from anyone, but when Michael Jordan says this about you, it's something special. MJ's love of golf is well documented, and it's no surprise the two hyper-competitive athletes developed a friendship over the years. Jordan's comment on Tiger's win makes us confident that if anyone can come back from a gruesome injury like this, Tiger can.
“I took two years off to play baseball, but nothing like that. I’m pretty sure he questioned himself, whether he could get it back, and he had to put a lot of work in. But he took it head-on. He had to change his game; he had to change his perspective a little bit. Dealing with his emotions, obviously, he believed in himself. But until you put that into action, sometimes it’s a struggle. I think he’s gotten over the hump. I think he’s going to win more. It’s tough mentally. It’s absolutely tough mentally. And then you think about the physical. I’m elated.”
Michael Jordan, The Guardian
Even if he's not the Tiger we knew before, one thing is for sure. He'll still have a better golf swing than Charles Barkley. That's maybe the best indication of Woods' confidence and resistance - he took on the challenge to fix one of the worst golf swings ever.