Tiger Woods is hoping to ‘play golf again’ and is ‘progressing’ in his recovery from high-speed car crash in February, reveals USA Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker
- Tiger Woods sustained significant injuries to his right leg, ankle and foot in high-speed car crash in southern California in February
- USA Ryder Cup captain says Woods was not able to be one of his vice-captains
- Steve Stricker reveals Woods is hopeful of playing golf again, however
Stricker confirmed that Woods is not able to be one his vice-captains at Whistling Straits this month because of his ongoing rehabilitation, but gave a positive update on the 45-year-old’s recovery.
Woods sustained significant injuries during the high-speed crash in southern California, breaking bones in his right leg as well as suffering multiple injuries to his right ankle and foot.
Tiger Woods is hopeful of playing golf again, USA Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker revealed
Woods’ car rests on its side after his high-speed crash in Los Angeles in February
‘I’ve talked to Tiger a lot,’ Stricker told SiriusXM Radio.
‘He’s a part of this Ryder Cup family; he won’t be able to be a captain’s assistant this time around just because of his ongoing rehabilitation to try to get better and try to play golf again, and that is going well.
‘He’s progressing, he’s doing well, things are moving in the right direction.’
Woods was not yet back in action after having his fifth back surgery in December 2020 when the crash occurred on February 23.
The 15-time major champion was travelling at 87mph – nearly double the 45mph speed limit – in Ranchos Palos Verdes when his car crossed the centre-divider on a bend, flipped and rolled several times, then hit a tree before coming to rest several hundred feet away.
Woods’ car is lifted from the side of the road in Rancho Palos Verdes using a crane
The golfing legend won a fairytale 15th major at the Master in April 2019
He had to be ‘extricated from the wreck’ by firefighters and paramedics. There was no evidence Woods had been impaired by drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.
The American required surgery after suffering open leg fractures as well as injuries to his foot and ankle.
LA County sheriff Alex Villanueva revealed in April: ‘The primary causal factor for this traffic collision was driving at a speed unsafe for the road conditions and the inability to negotiate the curve of the roadway.’
Stricker was speaking after naming his six captain’s picks for the Ryder Cup team
Woods memorably won his last major at the Masters in April 2019, 11 years and multiple surgeries after his 14th triumph.
Stricker named Daniel Berger, Harris English, Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Scottie Scheffler and Jordan Spieth as his six captain’s picks this week. They join the already qualified Collin Morikawa, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Patrick Cantlay in the team.
Phil Mickelson and Fred Couples have been named as Stricker’s vice-captains.