Tiger Woods is an outstanding athlete on his way to becoming a legend. Tens of thousands of followers flocked to him before he turned twenty. For instance, the American sports bible, Sports Illustrated, seldom dedicates 10 pages to a student-athlete profile.
In March of 1995, however, the magazine gushed with wonder over the young golfer, proclaiming, “At 19, amateur phenom Tiger Woods has the golf world in awe.” Similarly, Newsweek lauded Woods’ enormous skill, proclaiming in huge style, “He can smash like Greg Norman, putt like Jack Nicklaus, and think like a Stanford first-year student. He is already the greatest American golfer ever to be 19 years old. As per The Source, Tiger Woods went pro on August 28, 1996, since there were no more obstacles for him at the junior level.
The authors have enough justification for using so many superlatives. By winning the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at 15, Tiger Woods made history as the first black man to do so and became the tournament’s youngest winner. In addition, he was the first to win three U.S. Junior Championships (1991, 1992, and 1993) and has played a few rounds of golf with professional players Sam Snead, Greg Norman, Jack Nicklaus, and John Daly.
The amateur championship Woods won qualified him for three renowned professional tournaments: the Masters, the U.S. Open, and the British Open. Possibly more crucially, the Stanford freshman won the second title by mounting the largest comeback in a tournament game’s 99-year history. This performance showed that Woods was a winner of the greatest caliber.
Tom Watson, a seasoned legend in his own right, referred to Tiger Woods as “the most influential young golfer of the previous 50 years.” Another golfer, Bryon Nelson, told Newsweek that Woods’s young game was superior to those of Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, and Tom Watson. “I’ve seen them all,” he stated before adding, “This man has no weaknesses.” Greg Norman’s coach Butch Harmon, who subsequently taught Tiger Woods, remarked, “He takes pressure like a 30-year-old.” His imagination is astounding. I’ve seen him hit several impressive shots like Norman and Arnold Palmer.
Tiger Woods Recuperating After Leg Surgery
Tiger Woods is recuperating from surgery on his right lower leg after sustaining “severe injuries” in a major vehicle accident in California.
Tiger Woods was lucky to escape the horrifying accident in which his automobile careened off the road “at great speed” and rolled many times before coming to rest on an embankment, where he sustained multiple injuries.
The 45-year-old was headed straight to the Rolling Hills Country Club for a marketing shot when the accident occurred just after 7 a.m. local time; he was extricated from the wreckage and sent to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for treatment.
The incident occurred soon before 7 a.m. PDT.
Tiger Woods was behind the wheel with no passengers and no other cars present. He lost all control of his vehicle “at great speed,” and it rolled many times, sustaining “severe damage.” Upon the arrival of rescue personnel, he was aware and able to communicate. After shattering the windshield with an ax, firefighters rescued Tiger Woods from his wrecked vehicle.
Tiger Woods was operated on at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Woods’ “right lower extremity sustained significant orthopedic injuries.” The LA County Sheriff stated there were no clear signs of Woods’ drug or alcohol impairment.
Experts Foresee A Tough Recovery For Tiger Woods
Bill Mallon, an orthopedic surgeon and former member of the PGA Tour, was more enthusiastic about Tiger Woods’s potential as a professional golfer.
“I believe he will play golf again unless he develops an infection in his leg or arthritis in his ankle,” said Mallon, who competed on tour from 1975 to 1979 and was later a surgeon at Emerge Ortho and medical professor at Duke University School of Medicine. Mallon stated that arthritis is a problem whenever a joint fracture, such as an ankle fracture, occurs.
Mallon stated that Tiger Woods was lucky that the damaged leg was his right because the left leg absorbs the majority of stress during the shift of weight during a golfer’s downswing.
Mallon speculated that Tiger Woods would be under non-weight-bearing orders for the foreseeable future, maybe using a “knee scooter” to go around while keeping his right leg off the ground, and eventually progress to partial-weight-bearing protection.
“It takes around three months for fractures of this type in the lower limbs to heal sufficiently to bear weight,” he stated.
Andrew Pollak, head of orthopedics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and chairman of orthopedics at the University of Maryland Medical System, says that Woods’ biggest worry in the coming days will be an infection. “Compartment syndrome, in which swelling in the limb cuts off blood flow and often leads to amputation, and “nonunion,” in which the bones don’t heal,” he said.
Pollak stated, “The true difficulty he will have in the next weeks is whether or not his wounds will heal.”
According to Pollak, Woods’ injury is one of many treated at UM’s trauma center every week, and of those, half never return to work between two and seven years after the incident.
“However, in our experience, high-performance athletes often do better,” Pollak noted. “I would argue that Tiger Woods has already healed from and returned from five spinal procedures. Therefore, I would not rule out anything.”