‘He’s our hero’: Stars react with messages of concern, support for Tiger Woods
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A car crash involving Tiger Woods on Tuesday morning (US time) elicited expressions of concern from the PGA Tour and tributes to the massive impact he has made on the world of golf.
Woods, 45, was taken to a hospital after his vehicle veered off a road near Rancho Palos Verdes in Los Angeles County in what was described as a single-car crash. His injuries were reported to not be life-threatening; he was described by authorities as being in stable condition but was said to have sustained serious damage to his legs.
The golfing world is sending its best wishes to Tiger Woods, who was injured in a car crash in Los Angeles.Credit:AP
“Thoughts are with [Woods] and others involved,” Poulter wrote, “wishing a speedy recovery and I hope the injuries are not bad.”
Another golf legend, Gary Player, shared a note in which he said, “I would like to let Tiger and his family know that we are pulling for him in surgery and wishing him a speedy recovery. Prayers that it is not too serious.”
Former president Donald Trump is unable to tweet from his own account, but through adviser Jason Miller he said, “Get well soon, Tiger. You are a true champion!”
In an appearance Tuesday evening on Fox News, Trump said it was “tragic” that Woods – whom Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2019 – suffered this calamity while already trying to recover from another back procedure. “It’s pretty bad on the legs, I understand, and he’ll figure a way – but he’s a wonderful person.”
Other major sports figures added well-wishes, including retired Lakers great Magic Johnson, who tweeted, “Everyone send your prayers out to Tiger Woods! He was just in a bad car accident. Let us all pray for his speedy recovery.”
Former MLB star Alex Rodriguez said on Twitter, “Praying for my brother [Woods] as we all anxiously await more news. Thinking of him and his entire family.”
Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps offered prayers, and former Olympic skier Lindsay Vonn – whose romantic relationship with Woods ended approximately six years ago – tweeted, “Praying for TW right now.”
Members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said at a news conference Tuesday that Woods was “fortunate to come out of this alive”.
The fact that the golfer was wearing a seat belt helped, they said, as did the safety features of the SUV he was driving. The department also said there was no immediate evidence that Woods was driving while impaired.
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