BRADENTON, Fla. – Phrase of Tiger Woods being in a single-car accident Tuesday shortly unfold over The Concession Golf Membership as gamers equipped for the World Golf Championships-Workday Championship.
The temper on the sun-splashed day shortly soured.
“I’m sick to my abdomen,” an emotional, teary-eyed Justin Thomas said during a video conference with reporters. “You realize, it hurts to see one in every of your, now one in every of my closest associates, get in an accident. Man, I simply hope he’s all proper. Simply fear for his children, you already know. I’m certain they’re struggling.”
Woods, 45, was transported by ambulance to a hospital with a number of leg accidents and was in surgical procedure Tuesday afternoon, in line with his agent, Mark Steinberg. In a press release, the L.A. County Sherriff’s Division mentioned police responded to a “roll-over visitors collision” at roughly 7:12 a.m. native time on Hawthorne Boulevard in Rancho Palos Verdes. Later, the Sherriff’s Division confirmed the accidents weren’t life threatening.
Woods, recovering from his fifth again surgical procedure, a microdiscectomy process Dec. 23 that eliminated disc fragments inflicting nerve harm, was in California because the event host for the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Nation Membership in Pacific Palisades. On Sunday, he advised CBS’ Jim Nantz that he was going to having an MRI quickly that might decide his subsequent steps within the restoration when he acquired the outcomes.
On Monday, Woods began a two-day content material shoot for Golf Digest and GolfTV at Rolling Hills Nation Membership. Woods gave on-course classes to plenty of celebrities, together with David Spade and former NBA star Dwayne Wade. Woods, nonetheless, didn’t present up for Tuesday’s shoot.
Right here’s how gamers at The Concession reacted to the information:
“I’m shocked and saddened to listen to about Tiger,” USA Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker advised Golfweek. “I’m hoping and praying that he shall be OK.”
Bryson DeChambeau was enjoying a observe spherical at The Concession when he noticed the information on Instagram. He shortly made calls to members of Woods’ crew.
“A bit shocked, clearly,” DeChambeau mentioned. “You don’t anticipate something like that to occur. However from the whole lot that I find out about Tiger, I’m certain he’ll recuperate and he’ll do the whole lot in his energy to come back again, I’m certain he’ll.
“He’s an incredible human being that has performed unbelievable issues. I’ve little question in my thoughts he’ll be again. Take him a bit longer, I’m certain, however from my perspective he’s some of the spectacular human beings I’ve ever met and I feel that he’ll come again simply high-quality.”
Adam Scott known as the information “sickening.”
“He’s our hero out right here,” Scott mentioned. “You suppose guys like Tiger and Kobe Bryant are untouchable, however they’re not. I simply hope he’s all proper.”
Billy Horschel heard in regards to the crash from Bubba Watson on the third inexperienced.
“Very powerful proper now,” Horschel mentioned. “We despatched texts to (Steinberg) saying we’re praying for him. It’s powerful. He’s a pal of mine. We don’t know the total gist of issues however we’ve heard the accidents will not be life threatening. We pray he’ll be high-quality.”
Jon Rahm was enjoying with Tony Finau once they heard of the crash.
“As if his physique hasn’t endured sufficient,” Rahm mentioned. “Simply hoping out of a nasty scenario, the absolute best end result, and I hope he can recuperate from it and we will see him on the golf course as early as attainable. I do know he underwent surgical procedure early this 12 months, so I hope he didn’t harm something he had performed already.
“I simply hope he can get out of the hospital after restoration and he can nonetheless play along with his children and have a standard life.”
Finau mentioned Woods’ record-breaking barrier-smashing victory within the 1997 Masters modified his life.
“He means rather a lot to the sport of golf,” Finau mentioned. “I’ve mentioned it I feel time after time, the ’97 Masters modified the course of my life. With out that occasion I most likely wouldn’t be right here, I wouldn’t be enjoying golf, so he undoubtedly modified the course of my life, my profession. I feel I’m one in every of lots of of fellows out right here most likely that might say the identical factor.
“Everyone knows he’s a robust cookie bodily, mentally, so if somebody’s going to get by this, he’ll and be again for the higher, I’m certain. My ideas and prayers I’m certain, as all of the gamers, I can communicate on their behalf, are with Tiger.”