Tiger Woods, one of the greatest golf players in the world, has returned to the golf course after undergoing extensive rehabilitation following a car accident nine months ago. Check out more details of his recovery below.
Top golfer Tiger Woods has shown remarkable recovery since he got into a horrific car crash in February 2021 in Southern California. The iconic athlete suffered severe leg injuries.
As People reported, Woods was spotted over the weekend at a golf course in Florida. A source told the magazine that the 45-year-old legendary golfer's condition has significantly improved.
WOODS' REMARKABLE RECOVERY
The previous months were a painful period for Woods, according to the source. The star athlete would sit at home with his injured right leg up, occasionally reeling from a throbbing pain. The source said of Woods:
"He says that the pain is very manageable now."
Anish Mahajan, chief medical officer at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, earlier revealed that the athlete suffered "orthopedic injuries" on his right lower extremity. The impact from the crash also affected his ankle and foot.
But physical therapy has helped Woods overcome his pain and push himself to his body's limits. Although he may feel the occasional aches, the source said the sports icon no longer feels the same agonizing discomfort he had before.
With the amount of time Woods has put into his recovery process, the source also stated that the star athlete feels strong and healthy.
According to Woods' April 2021 Instagram post, which featured a photo of him standing in his crutches with a leg cast, his recovery has been a rather delightful process for him because he has a dog as his "faithful rehab partner."
TRAGIC CAR CRASH
Woods's Instagram post comes after his February 2021 road crash, wherein his car reportedly rolled over, struck a sign in the center divider, cut through a tree, and landed alongside the road.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva noted that the high speed was the primary cause of the road accident. However, Woods told police he had no memory of driving or how the accident happened.
With the amount of time Woods has put into his recovery process, the source also stated that the star athlete now feels so much stronger and healthier. The source added that the pro-golfer may be able to return to his PGA tour soon.
However, the source did not confirm whether Woods would return on the PGA Tour, saying that the veteran golfer is the only one who knows when he would want to go back to the sport.
WOODS' TOP GOAL
Woods opened up about his long recovery in a recent interview with Golf Digest, saying physical therapy has kept him busy. He said, "My No. 1 goal right now: walking on my own. Taking it one step at a time."
Woods also revealed he was recuperating from a microdiscectomy in December when the crash occurred. This was Woods' fifth back surgery and his first since his spinal fusion procedure in April 2017.
CHARLIE AS WOODS' MINI-ME
Woods was at the golf course in Florida to show support for his 12-year-old son Charlie Axel's junior tournament. At such a young age, the little boy seems to be following in his father's footsteps and has been displaying a similar playing style.
Charlie instantly stole the spotlight after he competed alongside Woods at the PNC Championship in 2020. Many fans believe the boy has a good chance of winning major championships before he turns 25.
But Woods seems unbothered by the public pressure on his son. Although Charlie has been playing junior golf tournaments, the doting father has made it clear that he will not pressure his son to follow in his footsteps.
A ROCKY MARRIAGE
Charlie is Woods' youngest son with his ex-wife, Swedish model and former nanny Elin Nordegren. The former couple, who tied the knot in 2004, are also doting parents to 14-year-old Sam Alexis.
A cheating scandal in 2009, reportedly involving Woods and nightclub manager Rachel Uchitel, rocked his long marriage with his former wife. The golf prodigy and Uchitel reportedly denied the accusations.
Nordegren and Woods later made headlines after their car collided with a fire hydrant near their house. The car accident, which resulted in smashed windows at the back of the vehicle, was reportedly due to the former couple's argument.
After initially denying the cheating scandal, the father of two later owned up to the allegations. In a past interview, Woods admitted his mistakes and said he felt entitled with all the money and fame he had amassed.
Woods and Nordegren parted ways and finalized their divorce in 2010. They have stayed friends and have worked out a unique co-parenting arrangement for the sake of their children.
Nordegren is currently in a relationship with former NFL star Jordan Cameron, and they welcomed their son Arthur in 2019. For his part, Woods has been in a relationship with his new girlfriend Erica Herman since 2017.
Herman previously worked at Woods' restaurant in Jupiter, Florida. Since meeting and falling in love with the golf icon at the restaurant, Herman has constantly been on Woods' side, attending numerous golf tournaments to support him.
STILL A GOLF LEGEND
Despite Woods' past controversies, many people continue to look up to the golf legend, who was the only child of Earl, a former African-American Army officer, and a Thai mother, Kultida.
Tiger was the nickname Woods' father gave him as a young boy to honor a friend and fellow soldier who also had the name. Woods found interest in playing golf at a young age, with his father serving as his mentor.
By eight years old, Woods became an expert golfer, even demonstrating his skills on TV shows such as "Good Morning America." Woods would later win several amateur U.S. golf titles while studying at Stanford University.
In 1997, Woods wowed the public after winning the U.S. Masters at Augusta at age 21. The prestigious event made him the youngest man and the first African-American to earn the title.