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Tiger Woods undergoing surgery for leg injuries suffered in car crash

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods was involved in a serious single-car crash in California on Tuesday morning, and the 15-time major champion had to undergo surgery for the injuries he sustained.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that the car Woods was driving crashed and rolled over. Responders needed to use the “jaws of life” to get Woods out of the vehicle.

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg told Daniel Rapaport of Golf Digest that Tiger sustained multiple leg injuries and is undergoing surgery.

“Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident this morning in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries,” Steinberg said. “He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support.”

Woods served as the host of the PGA Tour’s Genesis Invitational over the weekend. Rapaport says he was in California for a two-day shoot with Golf Digest/GOLFTV where he gave lessons to a number of celebrities. Tiger played with former NBA star Dwyane Wade on Monday.

Video footage from the scene of Tuesday’s accident showed showed Woods’ car on its side and extremely damaged.

Woods has not golfed this season after undergoing another back procedure. His game looked a bit off late last year, as he had one of the worst single-hold meltdowns of his career (video here) at the Masters in November.

There has been no further update on Tiger’s condition other than the information Steinberg shared.

Tiger Woods injured in serious roll-over car crash

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods was involved in a serious car accident on Tuesday morning and transported to a hospital.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement on Tuesday that Woods was the driver of a vehicle that crashed and rolled over on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes. Woods, who was the only person in the vehicle, was extracted using the “jaws of life.” He was transported to a local hospital.

Here is the full statement:

News cameras were at the scene and captured some footage of Woods’ SUV, which was extremely mangled:

Woods has not golfed this season after undergoing another back procedure. His game looked a bit off late last year, as he had one of the worst single-hold meltdowns of his career (video here) at the Masters in November.

There has not yet been an update on Tiger’s condition.

Max Homa admits he was scared to talk to Tiger Woods

Max Homa

Max Homa on Sunday captured his second career PGA Tour win, and it led to a big personal moment for him.

Homa, 30, is from the Los Angeles area and was proud to win The Genesis Invitational, which is a Southern California tournament he grew up watching.

Homa blew a short putt on the 18th hole and ended up going to a playoff with Tony Finau. He needed some heroics to extend things to a second playoff hole, which is where he won the event.

Homa then got the opportunity to meet Tiger Woods, whose foundation presented the event. Homa admitted Sunday that he was previously scared to talk to Tiger, but his victory forced the moment.

Woods presented the trophy to Homa, making for a great moment for the young golfer. Homa noted that himself in a tweet.

Homa also was proud to represent Los Angeles well, as he claimed to join the Dodgers and Lakers as locals to win titles.

Homa has lost his PGA Tour card numerous times since turning pro in 2013, but the win this year and at the Wells Fargo Championship in 2019 is giving him a nice boost.

Video: Charlie Woods has already mastered the Tiger fist pump

Tiger Woods’ 11-year-old son Charlie is as close to a clone of his father as you can possibly get, and we saw another awesome illustration of that on Sunday.

Tiger and Charlie are playing together this weekend in the PNC Championship, which is a tournament in Orlando reserved for major champions and their family members. The younger Woods has been the talk of the tournament for both his incredible golf game and the identical mannerisms he has to his father. There was no better example of that than when Charlie broke out the vintage Tiger fist pump after draining a birdie on Sunday.

Tiger and Charlie finished at 10-under in the scramble format on Saturday. The tournament is 36 holes, and they were tied for sixth heading into the second and final round.

One of the highlights of Saturday was when Charlie hit a beautiful 175-yard approach shot to set up a tap-in eagle.

It’s clear Tiger has already taught his son everything he knows. We were blown away just by watching videos of the two on the driving range. It would be downright shocking if Charlie Woods doesn’t win a major one day.

These videos of Tiger Woods’ son Charlie are mind-blowing

Tiger Woods son Charlie

Tiger Woods and his 11-year-old son Charlie are teaming up this weekend in the father-son PNC Championship in Orlando. If not for the height difference between them, those who watch them swing may not even be able to tell the two apart.

Tiger and Charlie hit the driving range on Thursday, and it is obvious the 15-time major champion has already taught his son everything he knows. Their swings look almost identical, particularly the follow-through and finish.

Charlie has already mastered the vintage Tiger club twirl, as you can see below:

Woods’ swing has changed a bit over the years because of his back injuries and some other factors. Charlie’s swing looks even more similar to young Tiger’s than it does to 44-year-old Tiger’s. Have a look at this incredible side-by-side:

Charlie is most certainly his father’s son. It would be a shock if we didn’t see him on the PGA Tour at some point. He dominated the competition with this incredible round earlier this year, and he’s only going to get better from here.

Tiger must be in his glory.

Tiger Woods explains what happened on 12th-hole meltdown

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods had the worst hole of his career during the final round of the Masters on Sunday, and he says wind was the biggest factor.

Woods absolutely blew up on the famous par-3 12th hole at Augusta National. He put three balls into the water known as Rae’s Creek that runs in front of the green. Tiger ended up with a 10, and the seven-over-par score was the worst of his entire PGA career for a single hole. He explained what happened in an interview with CBS after the round.

“I committed to the wrong wind,” Woods said. “The wind was off the right for the first two (golfers in the group), then when I stepped in there it switched to howling off the left. The flag on 11 was howling off the left and I didn’t commit to the wind. I also got ahead of it and pushed it too, because I thought the wind was coming more off the right and it was off the left.

Tiger smirked as he continued to recap the disaster.

“That just started the problems from there,” he added. “From there I hit a lot more shots and had a lot more experiences there in Rae’s creek.”

Woods wasn’t in the hunt when the meltdown took place, which probably made it easier to talk about. You can see the video recap of what happened here.

The 12th hole at Augusta National has historically been a problem for golfers, especially during the final round of the Masters. It got the best of several people near the top of the leaderboard last year, which is part of the reason Tiger captured the green jacket.

Video: Tiger Woods’ 12th-hole meltdown was worst of his career

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods is going to leave Augusta National on Sunday disappointed at his inability to defend the green jacket, but what will likely bother him most is what happened on the 12th hole during the final round.

Woods, who faded from contention when he shot a 72 in the third round, had the worst single-hole meltdown of his career on Sunday. He hit three balls into the water on the par-3 12th and finished with a 10. The plus-seven score was the worse Tiger has ever had on a single hole during his legendary PGA career.

Here’s how it unfolded:

While the disaster was totally out of character for Tiger, it makes sense that it happened on the 12th hole at Augusta. Multiple Sunday leaders put balls into the water on the 12th last year, which helped pave the wave for Woods to win.

The 12th hole is one of the most challenging of the Masters, but it has never felt more daunting to Tiger than it did on Sunday.

Tiger Woods’ son Charlie already dominating the competition

Tiger Woods son Charlie

Tiger Woods developed his obsession with golf when his father introduced him to the game at a young age, and the 15-time major champion has clearly passed that on to his own son.

Woods’ 11-year-old son Charlie took part in a US Kids Golf event in Florida last weekend, and his scorecard looked like one you might see from his old man. Charlie shot 3-under 33 for the 9-hole round and finished five shots clear of the field.

We shouldn’t be surprised to hear that the son of Tiger Woods blew away the competition, but that doesn’t make the performance any less impressive.

Tiger and Charlie brought us a great moment when they celebrated together after Tiger won the Masters last year. Maybe that inspired the younger Woods to put in even more work on the links. Even if Tiger doesn’t surpass Jack Nicklaus for the most major wins in golf history, Charlie appears to be well on his way.

Tiger Woods blames back issue for struggles at Memorial

Tiger Woods had a miserable day at the Memorial on Friday, shooting 4-over and putting his chances of making the cut in serious danger.

Woods shot at 71 on Thursday, putting him 1-under and leaving him in pretty good shape ahead of day two of the tournament. Friday, however, was very poor, as he shot a 76. He’s now at +3 for the tournament, leaving him unlikely to make the projected cut of +2.

Woods suggested that his back was a problem for him Friday, as it would be most days going forward.

This was Woods’ first PGA Tour appearance in five months, and while it didn’t show Thursday, it did Friday. Having undergone multiple back surgeries, it’s simply always going to be an issue for the 44-year-old. The layoff probably didn’t help matters either.

This is probably particularly frustrating for Woods, who thought he was rounding into form before the pandemic forced the postponement and cancellation of several weeks of events. Now he has to ramp up all over again.

HBO announces two-part documentary series on Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods has had one of the most fascinating careers of any sports icon in history, and we are going to get a closer look at the life of the 15-time major champion later this year.

HBO Sports announced on Thursday that it has partnered with Jigsaw Productions for a two-part documentary series detailing “the rise, fall, and epic comeback” of Woods. The first part is scheduled to air on Dec. 13.

According to the press release, the documentary will include never-before-seen footage and interviews with Tiger’s former caddie Steve Williams, golf legend Nick Faldo and others. Rachel Uchitel, who was at the center of Woods’ sex scandal was also interviewed as was “Tiger’s first true love” Dina Parr.

“Few global icons are more visible and less understood than Tiger Woods,” HBO Sports executive vice president Peter Nelson said. “His prodigy came with painstaking sacrifice; his perfected athleticism immobilized him in agony before the age of 40; his self-made fame enabled a self-destructive world of secrecy; and his redemptive reemergence posed as many questions as it answered — not only about one of the greatest sportsmen ever to live, but also the greater American society that engulfed him more than a decade ago.”

Despite the highly publicized scandal, Tiger has remained one of the most private people in sports. Woods also had a DUI arrest a few years back, so it will be interesting to see how the documentary covers that. If done properly, a documentary on Tiger has the potential to be must-see TV.