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Tiger Woods was seen at a golf tournament in Florida over the weekend for his 12-year-old son, Charlie, and for the first time since his near fatal car accident in Feb., Woods was seen without crutches. In fact, Woods replaced the crutches with a golf club, a welcome sight for fans.
It’s great to see Woods, 45, seemingly coming along nicely in his recovery given the severity of the accident. Woods was reportedly pried out of his SUV by an axe, and the L.A. County Sheriff said that he was “lucky to be alive.” Woods underwent multiple surgeries on his right leg, which is now in a sleeve.
While it’s highly unlikely that Woods sees the PGA Tour ever again, nobody will put it past him to try. This is a man who’s faced adversity in the past and tackled it head on, as we saw in the 2008 U.S. Open when Woods battled through a torn ACL to defeat Rocco Mediate in an 18-hole playoff to win his then 14th career major.
It’s what we saw when Woods overcame multiple back surgeries, DUIs and personal demons to miraculously win the 2019 Masters. It’s what he does, but this one is a different animal.
We did, however, see 51-year-old Phil Mickelson win the PGA Championship just five months ago, which might end up being a motivating factor for Woods to come back. The rivalry between Woods and Mickelson has always been light-hearted, but Woods has always had the upper hand. Mickelson appears to have had the last great moment in both their careers, which Woods most definitely would like to have.
People.com received word from a source on Woods’ recovery, with the 15-time major champion having one goal in mind.
“He’s got a timeframe in his head, but he’s not really putting that out there; he knows when he wants to return, and he’s going to make it happen,” the source said. “He says even if he’s not at 100%, he knows how important it is to get back out there and compete. That’s his goal.”