Golfing legend Tiger Woods was involved in a car accident on Tuesday in Los Angeles. The 45-year-old has been dealing with his share of injuries as of late that have forced him out of playing golf regularly.
He has undergone a lengthy surgery on his lower right leg and ankle, and has been described as “awake and responsive” by the doctors looking at him.
“I think golf has accommodated the fact that Tiger is no longer going to be active in attending events on a regular basis,” Neal Pilson, the head of Pilson Communications and former president of CBS Sports, told Reuters. “I think he has lifetime exemptions at every major event but I suspect we are probably not going to see Tiger in a competitive golf event going forward.
“In his prime, it was clearly established if Tiger was playing on Sunday, numbers for Sunday coverage were usually up 25 to 30%,” Pilson said. “If he doesn’t play again, he will be missed for sure.”
There was speculation as to whether Tiger Woods was under the influence when his car met with the accident. However, the golfer has been cleared by Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva of any assumptions that linked the player to being intoxicated while driving.
A statement released by Woods’ official Twitter account thanked the fans for all their thoughts and prayers and detailed the situation surrounding his diagnosis and his current condition. We can only hope that this unfortunate event isn’t the end of the legend’s playing days and that there is still more to come.