Prayers from the local golfing world poured for Tiger Woods following a single-car crash in Los Angeles Tuesday morning that had the 15-time Major champion sustaining serious leg injuries.
Unlike in cage superstar Kobe Bryant’s fatal chopper crash last year, however, Woods’ mishap wasn’t life threatening. He was reported to be “awake and responsive.”
“It was very shocking. I hope his injuries aren’t too serious and that he can recover quickly and return on the (PGA) tour,” Manila Southwoods golf director Jerome Delariarte said.
“After all, he’s still the sport’s biggest draw.”
Woods, 45, overcame health and personal issues for years with an epic Masters victory in 2019. He was hoping to play in this year’s Masters after undergoing a fifth back injury last January.
He played with son, Charlie, in a father-son event last December in Florida and hosted the Genesis Invitational in California last week.
“I wish Tiger a quick and full recovery,” Forest Hills Golf and Country Club golf manager Raymond Bunquin said. “Such a bad time for the accident. The surge of golf during this pandemic was a product of excitement that his current victories had created.”
“Woods was in a single-car accident in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries,” his agent, Mark Steinberg, said in a statement.
Woods’ injuries included a shattered ankle and two leg fractures.
“I’m saddened by what happened and we pray for his quick recovery,” Splendido golf manager Bobby Chico said.
“I also hope that he gets to play again. He was and is still a great inspiration to a lot of golfers, young and old alike.”
For years, Filipino golfers had looked up to the golfing legend, who played his first international exhibition match against then top local player Cassius Casas at the Mimosa Golf and Country Club in Pampanga in 1998.
“It’s a very, very sad news,” National Golf Association of the Philippines secretary-general Bones Floro said.
“Our prayers go out to our golf hero and his family. No doubt the entire golfing population is wishing for his speedy recovery and another come-from-behind win.”
“It’s sad for the golfing world as he will miss tournaments again,” Wack Wack golf director Erwin Vinluan said.
“But with all his injuries, it will be difficult for him to recover.”
“It’s best to pray for his recovery instead of making unnecessary comments,” Luisita Golf and Country Club top official Jeric Hechanova said.
Woods, who is three majors short of Jack Nicklaus’ record 18 championships and is in a tie with Sam Snead for a record 82 tournament wins, also received outpouring of support from his fellow PGA Tour campaigners and other luminaries in the sporting world.