Tiger Woods: Lucky To Be Alive

I was writing this post about Tiger under a different title when the dreadful news about his involvement in the car crash in Los Angeles came in. His agent, Mark Steinberg said that Tiger had surgery for multiple leg injuries. Another car crash, the third. .

If this latest challenge does finish Tiger’s career at 45 years old, you might like to read to the end and see how recent research from Golf Digest says definitively that Tiger Woods is the greatest tournament player of all time. He has many more wins than Sam Snead, they arent tied on equal footing. Honours even then – Jack Nicklaus has the most majors, and Tiger has more wins.

On Tuesday night Woods released a statement on his Twitter feed describing the “long surgical procedure on his lower right leg and ankle.” In the accident, Dr. Anish Mahajan said, Woods fractured “upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula bones.” He also sustained “additional injuries to the bones in his foot and ankle,” as well as “trauma to the muscle and soft-tissue of the leg.”

“I can say it was fortunate that Mr. Woods came out of this alive,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy Carlos Gonzales, who first approached Woods in his car and spoke with him but, noting his injuries, waited for fire department personnel to extricate him.

The fragility of life, even for the greatest of all time.

This is what I was writing at the time.

“Good to see Tiger Woods back last week even if just as the tournament host of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera CC.

Asked on TV if he would be ready to play by The Masters Tiger replied “God, I hope so,”

Tiger had a microdiscectomy Dec. 23. It was the fifth surgery on his back, and the first since a procedure to fuse his lower spine in April 2017.

“I’m feeling fine,” Woods said. “I’m a little bit stiff. I have one more MRI scheduled so that we’ll see if the annulus (fibrosus) is scarred over finally and see if I can start doing more activities. But still in the gym, still doing the mundane stuff that you have to do for rehab, the little things before I can start gravitating towards something a little more.”

“There’s no timetable for coming back, I have to be very careful getting out of bed, tying shoes. I’ve been strengthening my core”.

Woods has not played since he joined his 11-year-old son Charlie at the PNC Challenge a few days before his surgery.

“I don’t know what the plan is,” he said when asked if he would try to play before the Masters.

Why would Tiger want to come back? He has done everything except reach the magic 19 major championships to exceed the 18 of Jack Nicklaus, and he equals Sam Snead’s record of 82 tournament wins. Perhaps that’s the motivation. To beat Sam Snead’s record and become the Greatest of all time in wins on the PGA Tour.

But, with all credit to Alex Myers of Golf Digest, records show Tiger’s already beaten Slamming Sammy’s record by a long way. Here’s how.

Some of Sam Snead’s tournament wins don’t match up to today’s standards.

The 1937 Crosby tournament was shortened to 18 holes because of weather. There were three 36 hole triumphs -today the PGA Tour only counts 54 hole curtailed tournaments as official.

The 1946 World Championship of Golf had only 4 players in the field. 5 other victories had 16 or fewer players and 5 were team events.

So, to level the playing field

Tiger had five victories in the Hero World Challenge which haven’t been counted. Although only 18 players in the field, the last time it was played 16 of the top 23 in the world.

He has 7 wins in the Grand Slam of Golf a 36 hole event of 4 golfers (compare with Snead who won the 1946 World Championship of Golf against 3 oponents).

Two team titles in the World Cup of Golf 1999 and 2000 with Mark O’Meara and David Duval.

On this basis of parity Tiger has 95 wins.

Tiger Woods is definitively the Greatest Golfer of all time.

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