Tiger Woods injured in a single-car accident

February 25, 2021
The GIST: Following legendary golfer Tiger Woods’ scary single-car (thank goodness) accident in which he sustained serious injuries, the question remains: could this be the end of his storied career?
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Tiger Woods injured in a single-car accident
Source: Lee Jin-Man / AP

The accident: Tiger suffered multiple leg injuries in Tuesday’s accident, which occurred just after 7 a.m. PT in Southern California (12 p.m. ET). He was extricated from his SUV and taken to a trauma center, where he underwent immediate surgery to insert a rod into his right tibia and pins and screws around his shattered right ankle and foot.

  • Investigators found no signs of impairment that could have contributed to the accident, and the LA County Sheriff confirmed that it was just that: “purely an accident.”

The response: Tiger’s career has had a significant influence not just on golf, but all sports. Fellow athletes like NFL quarterback Baker Mayfield, tennis stars like Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal, and golfers like Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy and Jack Nicklaus all tweeted their support for the legend.

  • Former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump also shared messages of support, while a talented fan made this sand tribute at the iconic St. Andrews Golf Club in Scotland.

The future: Tiger’s future was already a bit hazy, thanks to a recent back surgery (his fifth) that threatened to keep him out of the Masters in April, so these new injuries could spell the end of pro golf for the 45-year-old.

  • Whether you’re a Tiger fan or not, he made golf — an elitist, stuffy, mostly white sport — a game for everyone. Regardless of his golf future, we count ourselves lucky to have witnessed his incredible career so far, through the ups and the downs.