When Barack Obama learned of Tiger Woods’ car crash, he took to Twitter: “The GOAT of golf,” wrote the former President. “If we’ve learned anything over the years, it’s to never count Tiger out.”
But is this really the end of Woods’ golf career?
Certainly, his injuries make for grim reading — multiple fractures to his tibia requiring the insertion of metal rods, broken bones protruding through the skin, and countless screws and pins in his feet and ankles.
According to a sports medicine doctor, “His bones can heal anywhere from 8-12 weeks, but it often takes a year at least to get a high-level athlete back to full performance.”
But Woods can take inspiration from the late Ben Hogan, the nine-time major winner, who also suffered a life-threatening car crash in the early morning of Feb. 2, 1949.
Within 16 months, he was U.S. Open champion again, prompting an astonishing run of success culminating in 1953, when he won the Triple Crown of the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open.
You can never count Tiger out.