Last setback crash in Jack Nicklaus’ pursuit of Tiger

The 15-time grand champion was recovering from the fifth back operation of his career, which he suffered in January after experiencing “discomfort” while playing the PNC championship in December.

According to Golf Digest, Woods suffered “multiple leg injuries” and was in surgery after the accident. Golf Digest cited Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg with the update.

However, the 45-year-old is used to overcoming adversity; in 2019, he won the Masters for the fifth time, just two years after undergoing spinal fusion, an achievement widely regarded as one of the sport’s greatest comebacks.

Woods turned pro in 1996 and his talent and charisma allowed him to quickly transcend golf and become a global icon. He has won 14 majors in just 11 years and, having won the US Open in 2008, he looked set to break Jack Nicklaus’ all-time record of 18.

But it wouldn’t be subsequent knee surgery that derailed his career, but rather transgressions in his personal life – revealed to the media and the public in 2009 following another car accident – that would end up putting a strain on him. end to its golf.

Woods admitted to infidelities and went to stay at a Mississippi drug addiction clinic, which led a number of sponsors including Gillette, Accenture and AT&T to sever ties with the golfer as he announced an “indefinite hiatus. “golf.

Unsurprisingly, Woods’ play on the course suffered and he tried everything from a change of coach and caddy to a change of swing in an attempt to regain some of his old form. After he managed to return to the world No.1, injuries began to take their toll on his body.

Four back surgeries, including the spinal fusion mentioned above, left him in so much pain that he struggled to get out of bed and play with his children. Amid all the surgeries and failed returns to the sport, there was also the 2017 arrest on a DUI charge and addiction to the pain relievers used to treat his back.

When Woods’ world rankings fell below 1,100, even his most ardent fans would have found it hard to imagine what would happen next.

After briefly leading the British Open in 2018, Woods finished second in the US PGA Championship the following month – but he wouldn’t have to wait long for a first PGA Tour victory since 2013.

In the season-ending TOUR Championship in Atlanta, Woods was followed to victory on the 18th fairway by what looked like the entire state of Georgia in what immediately became one of the most iconic images of the game. golf.

Tiger Woods is swarmed with fans as he heads to the 18th green in the final round of the TOUR championship.

A few months later, Woods achieved the most unlikely of returns, winning the 2019 Masters to secure his first major victory in 11 years.

In Augusta a year before his victory, Woods was asked about his return to the sport. His response now seems more poignant than ever.

“One of the biggest comebacks in all of the sport is the gentleman who won here, Mr. [Ben] Hogan, “he told CNN’s Don Riddell at a press conference.” I mean he got hit by a bus and came back and won major championships.

“The pain he had to endure, the things he had to do just to play: the curling of the leg, all the spas, how hard it was for him to walk and he ended up walking 36 holes and win the United States. Open. It’s one of the biggest comebacks there is and it just happens to be in our sport. “

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