Good morning. By now, you’ve likely heard that Tiger Woods was involved in a single-car accident near Los Angeles on Tuesday morning. The photos of the scene are scary. After the crash, Woods was transported to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and, according to agent Mark Steinberg, underwent surgery for multiple leg injuries. The Los Angeles Times later reported that those injuries included a shattered ankle and two leg fractures. One of the leg fractures was reportedly a compound fracture. These are obviously severe injuries, but, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s Lt. Michael White, they are not life-threatening.
Later on Tuesday afternoon, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and the L.A. Fire Department gave a press conference. The LASD and LAFD were intentionally, understandably vague about many details of the incident, but they did offer some important information. First, the stretch of road in Rancho Palos Verdes where the crash occurred is known as a “trouble spot” and a frequent site of accidents. Second, Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, the first officer to arrive at the scene, said Woods was able to communicate when the deputy arrived. Finally, Deputy Gonzalez noted that Woods was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and that the airbags were deployed.
Our general takeaway from this press conference was that this was an extremely serious accident. “It’s very fortunate that Mr. Woods was able to come out of this alive,” Deputy Gonzalez said.
We should note that, as is our typical practice, we finished and scheduled this newsletter on Tuesday night. It’s possible that more information about these events has already come to light. Certainly we will learn more in the coming weeks. What’s important right now, though, is that Tiger Woods survived the crash. Keep him and his family in your thoughts.
UPDATE (Wednesday, 12:30 a.m. ET): Tiger Woods’s representatives released a statement early Wednesday morning detailing the surgery Dr. Anish Mahajan performed on Woods’s “lower right leg and ankle.” It’s a harrowing read, but it also contains this reassuring note: “[Tiger] is currently awake, responsive, and recovering in his hospital room.”
There is no graceful way to segue from that story into run-of-the-mill golf news. But as of now, all of this week’s golf tournaments are expected to proceed as planned. Here are the basics of the schedule (plus a couple of noteworthy items that came out prior to reports of Tiger Woods’s accident):
The WGC-Workday Championship at the Concession begins on Thursday. With 49 of the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking, it is by far the strongest event of the PGA Tour and European Tour seasons to this point. Tee Times
Many LPGA Tour powerhouses are at the Gainbridge LPGA at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club this weekend. Jin Young Ko, Sei Young Kim, Nelly Korda, Brooke Henderson, and Danielle Kang headline the field. Tee Times
The opposite-field Puerto Rico Open features some intriguing names. Ian Poulter, Padraig Harrington, Beau Hossler, and Thomas Pieters are the best known, but KFT prospects like Davis Riley, Taylor Pendrith, Greyson Sigg, Paul Barjon, Mito Pereira, and Brandon Wu are just as worthy of attention. Tee Times
The REX Hospital Open, an annual Korn Ferry Tour event in North Carolina, will invite the top-ranked player in the final Advocates Professional Golf Association’s Collegiate Ranking to participate in its event in 2021 and 2022. Full Story from Brentley Romine
The USGA and R&A announced alterations to their rules around amateur status. The largest change is that amateurs are now allowed to accept equipment sponsorships. Press Release
On Monday, Madelene Sagström shared a powerful story about her history with sexual abuse. Sagström and the LPGA Tour created the piece in hopes of reaching others with similar experiences. “If I touch one life by telling my story, it will all be worth it,” Sagström said. Read the full piece, titled None of Us Are Alone, and listen to her retell the story.
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Shotgun Start: Tiger’s accident and your schedule for the week
Andy and Brendan begin this Wednesday episode with the unfortunate breaking Tuesday news of Tiger Woods’s serious car accident in Los Angeles. They react to the scenes from the brutal crash, news of Tiger’s “non-life-threatening injuries,” and hope for recovery to some form of normal. Then comes a preview of the schedule for the week, starting with the WGC Workday. Andy provides some intel on THE Concession while Brendan has some questions about its driving range. The field list at the oppo PR Open gets the usual treatment, as does the Cologuard Classic (be sure to enter the first ever TFE/SGS Stool Pool on that). The return of the LPGA prompts praise for Madelene Sagström telling her story this week. News covers the USGA changing its rules on amateur status, the big blue wall going away at the ANA, and the PAC hitting on the all-important issue of playoff draw order. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify.