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How is Tiger Woods now? Health latest on golf hero who missed Ryder Cup after car crash

Tiger Woods will unfortunately miss the 2020 Ryder Cup as he is still battling to recover from the nasty crash he suffered in February 2021.

Woods hit a tree in his SUV at a pace of around 87mph, and he has been trying to recover ever since.

It was confirmed my Team USA captain Steve Stricker that he will not play a part in the competition this year.

The World No.10 said it was “not a good time” to involve the golf legend in the team.

However, Woods’ recovery is heading in the right direction – Daily Star Sport looks at how the 45-year-old is getting on.

What happened?



Tiger Woods crashed his car into a tree at 87mph in February
Tiger Woods crashed his car into a tree at 87mph in February

The five-time Masters champion has been recovering from a horrific car crash in February, when his sport-utility vehicle hit a curb and collided with a tree at 87 mph.

He shattered his right leg in the painful collision and had to be cut out from the car, before being taken to hospital in Los Angeles.

Open fractures to his tibia and fibula bones of his right leg, required surgery in Los Angeles, keeping him away from the golf course ever since.

What’s recovery been like?

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How is Tiger Woods now? Health latest on golf hero who missed Ryder Cup after car crash
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It took the 45-year-old over six months to be able to put weight on his injured leg again.

Woods’ last publicly commented on his recovery back in May, when he spoke to to Golf Digest.

He said the injury from the car crash cannot compare to anything he has suffered before during his career.

“This has been an entirely different animal,” Woods said to Golf Digest in May.

“I understand more of the rehab processes because of my past injuries, but this was more painful than anything I have ever experienced.”

“My physical therapy has been keeping me busy.

“I do my routines every day and am focused on my No1 goal right now: walking on my own. Taking it one step at a time.”

Team USA captain Steve Stricker has said Woods is getting better, but it is not yet time to involve him in Team USA’s preparations.

“He’s part of our Ryder Cup Team. He’s part of what we do. He’s been part of so many of these teams. So to bounce ideas off of him, all of us, players alike, I know some of the players went over to see him,” said Stricker.

“I think it’s just not a good time for him to be here physically because of where he’s at in his rehabilitation and tough course to walk, right. Everybody is going to see it, from tee to green, it’s difficult. So probably won’t show up.

“But he’s getting better and his focus and mine is on making a comeback to play again. We don’t want to get in the way of that because we would all love to see him come back and play.”

Has he competed since?



Woods has not appeared competitively since November 2020
Woods has not appeared competitively since November 2020

Woods has not competed since the horrific crash in February 2021.

The last tournament he was on the green for was the PGA Tour in November 2020 at the Augusta National Golf Course, which he finished in 38th place.

He has not taken to a golf course competitively ever since.

However, orthopaedic surgeon and former Golfer Dr Bill Mallon, believes Woods will be able to one day return to the Pro Tour.

“I think Tiger can play golf again,” Dr. Mallon told Insider. “And assuming he plays golf again — meaning he doesn’t get an infection or severe arthritis in that ankle — I think he can return to the Tour.

“Tiger had an open fracture, which means that the bone came through the skin. Theoretically, that means that’s a contaminated fracture now because it’s not within the body’s tissue envelope. And when that occurs, the risk of infection is higher than on a closed fracture.

“But the risk of infection is low,” he added. “I think the risk of infection for an open tibia fracture is down in the range of 1% to 2%.

“I think he can recover from this injury, but, you know, he’s had five back surgeries and, unfortunately, it’s hard to recover from a back surgery. After you’ve had five, you don’t recover as well anymore. And plus, as you get older, you really don’t recover as well.”

How is Tiger Woods now? Health latest on golf hero who missed Ryder Cup after car crash
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