The sports world has turned out in favor of Tiger Woods following the news of Icon Golf’s car crash in California this morning.
The 45-year-old suffered serious but non-fatal injuries, mainly to his legs.
There was a surge of support across the sports world for Woods in the wake of the crash, with characters from all over the world sending their best to the beloved golf icon.
A friend of Woods’ PGA Tour winner Justin Thomas spoke at a virtual press conference after the crash and was visibly shaken.
“It hurts to see one of your closest friends have an accident and man, I just hope he’s okay,” Thomas said. “I’m just worried about her kids, I’m sure they’re struggling.”
Thomas later wrote on Twitter: “My stomach hurts right now. Pray for @TigerWoods and hope for an amazing recovery. Thinking of all of his family and team as we all send him our best wishes. know TW is a fighter. Recover quickly. “
However, some social media users have targeted the PGA Tour for allowing Thomas to appear in the media so soon after hearing news of Woods’ crash.
Former Australian Masters winner Adam Scott said Woods’ crash was another grim reminder that bad luck could strike anyone.
“It’s sickening,” Scott said, according to PGA Tour media. “He’s our hero here. You think guys like Tiger and Kobe Bryant are untouchable, but they’re not. I just hope he’s okay.”
US Open winner Bryson DeChambeau wrote on Twitter: “Heartbroken and shocked to hear about the @TigerWoods accident today. My thoughts and prayers are with him for a full recovery. “
2013 US Open champion Justin Rose tweeted: “We know how tough you are, we’ve seen it a hundred times. Hoping and praying you’re okay my friend.”
The PGA Tour issued a statement saying, “On behalf of the PGA Tour and our players, Tiger is in our prayers and will have our full support as he recovers.”
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Twitter was also inundated with icons from other sports who offered Woods their best wishes.
“Fight @tigerwoods like the champion you are for your children and the world. Love and prayers,” boxing legend Mike Tyson wrote on Twitter.
NBA great Magic Johnson wrote, “Everyone sends your prayers to Tiger Woods! He was just in a serious car accident. Let us all pray for his speedy recovery.”
Woods, 45, hosted the PGA Tour Genesis Invitational this weekend. He was then participating in a Golf Digest / GOLFTV content shoot.
Earlier on the day of the crash, Woods was seen on social media with NBA legend Dwyane Wade at the Rolling Hills Country Club. He would have accompanied Wade on the course but did not hit any ball, except putts, due to his back problem.