On Friday, Tiger Woods posted his first photo since his devastating car crash back in February, and fans were overjoyed to see him. The picture showed Woods standing on crutches in his own backyard, with a dog sitting by his side. The golfer smiled in spite of the long road to recovery ahead of him.
"My course is coming along faster than I am," Woods joked, referencing the private golf course under construction behind him. "But it's nice to have a faithful rehab partner, man's best friend." Woods has been resting at his home in Florida ever since his car crash in Palos Verdes, California, on Feb. 23. He suffered serious leg injuries and needed multiple surgeries to recover. Even now, it's not clear if his mobility will be back to what it once was.
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Many fans are still holding out hope that Woods will make a full recovery and return to competitive golf before long, though others are more critical of the 45-year-old. According to a report by NBC News, Woods was driving almost twice the speed limit — 84 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone — at the time of his crash. He hit a tree that sent the whole SUV flying into the air.
Woods reportedly told police that he did not remember the crash nor even the drive beforehand, yet they did not seek a search warrant to test his blood for drugs or alcohol. Therefore, many fans are wondering if Woods was impaired at the time of the crash, since he has had problems with prescription drug abuse in the past. That suspicion has never been confirmed, but it permeates the conversation around Woods' new picture. Scroll down for a look at how fans are handling Woods' return to social media.
He’s got 2 more green jackets in him— patrick bright (@PATYBRITE) April 24, 2021
A fierce, vocal contingent of Woods' fans hopped into comment sections everywhere proclaiming his recovery will bring him all the way back to competetive status.prevnext
Bad Role Model
Again - please stop treating this guy like a hero. It's not like he rescued that dog from a fire - he was doing double the speed limit and could easily have killed someone else if his out of control car had went the other way.— The Endless Death (@TheEndlessDeat1) April 24, 2021
Yeah that’s good & well but anyone else would’ve been charged with reckless driving under the influence— MK (@MKGuernsey) April 23, 2021
Many people condemned Woods and the media outlets that have been giving him favorable coverage. They thought that he still deserved some more consequences for his reckless driving.prevnext
Me seeing all the hate on this post. pic.twitter.com/hi0i9GWj8t— Skyler with an E, not an A (@SkylerBauer34) April 23, 2021
Others were furious to see so many people condemning Woods after such a close call for his health and safety. Many arguments broke out in comment sections around the internet.prevnext
Get a driver....
...that was a car and golf joke— Char (@pnwrunnerlass) April 23, 2021
Some want Woods to promise not to drive his own car any more given the circumstances of his crash. They feel this is the least he can promise.prevnext
Don’t like his muscular arms and shoulders.— Bill Luff (@LuffBill) April 24, 2021
Such skinny left leg.
May affect his swing.
When you can't do leg days...— Nicholas King (@Overryde) April 23, 2021
Some fans feared that this picture showed a growing muscle imbalance between Woods' upper and lower bodies. Many thought this would make it all the harder for him to compete seriously again.prevnext
Till the next mishap. Hope he’s getting real help.— Wyndell Long (@WyndellLong) April 24, 2021
While Woods is recovering physically, many wondered about his mental and emotional recovery, especially as they speculated about his intoxication during the crash.prevnext
Never count him out. Never.— Marianna 🗽😷🇺🇸💙 (@mwitch18) April 24, 2021
Dog Therapy? Priceless!
Good luck, Tiger!! pic.twitter.com/cOx1cATJgg
Finally, many fans attributed Woods' recover so far to the healing properties of dogs, sometimes citing their own experiences.prev