The golfing legend Tiger Woods was in a serious car crash back in February that left him requiring major surgery. On Friday, he took to instagram to share his first photo of himself since the accident, and to give fans an update on his recovery.
Woods, 45, posted a photo of himself on crutches as he smiled on a golf course with his dog.
“My course is coming along faster than I am 😃. But it’s nice to have a faithful rehab partner, man’s best friend,” Woods captioned the image.
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Woods was in a major car crash in California on February 23. His manager said at the time that Woods was undergoing surgery for “multiple leg injuries.” The golfer’s team later said in a statement that he had “a long surgical procedure on his lower right leg and ankle.”
“Comminuted open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula bones were stabilized by inserting a rod into the tibia,” Dr. Anish Mahajan said at the time. “Additional injuries to the bones of the foot and ankle were stabilized with a combination of screws and pins. Trauma to the muscle and soft-tissue of the leg required surgical release of the covering of the muscles to relieve pressure due to swelling.”
A source said last month that Woods feels “lucky to be alive” after the accident.
“He’s very grateful the rescuers got there when they did,” the insider added. “All of his friends and family members have been so supportive, he really couldn’t ask for more in that regard.”
Erica Herman, Woods’ girlfriend, is said to be playing a major role in his recovery.
“Erica dropped everything to be with Tiger the moment she heard what happened,” the source explained. “She’s been by his bedside, holding his hand and telling him everything’s going to be OK. He’s a champ and he’s got this.”
This comes after it was revealed that Woods driving between 84 and 87 mph when he first made impact, and was at 75 mph when his car hit the tree. Woods was driving this fast despite the fact that the speed limit in the area was 45 mph, more than half the speed he was at when he was going his fastest.
Fox News reported that Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva attempted to vigorously deny that Woods was given preferential treatment of any kind in this case.
“I know there’s some saying somehow he received special or preferential treatment of some kind, that is absolutely false,” Villanueva said. “There was no signs of impairment. Our primary concern at the scene of the collision was his safety. This is where you have to switch gears and make sure the person can survive and receives medical care.”