Home » Tiger Woods, 45, Is Seen Walking Without Crutches For The FIRST TIME Since Surviving SUV Crash

Tiger Woods, 45, Is Seen Walking Without Crutches For The FIRST TIME Since Surviving SUV Crash

  • by

In what could be the first steps of another comeback for Tiger Woods, the 15-time major winner was finally seen walking without crutches following the February car crash that jeopardized his career and left him with compound fractures in both legs.

The masked Woods, 45, was pictured on Sunday exiting an SUV in Los Angeles while wearing a windbreaker and shorts with a black sleeve covering the lower portion of his right leg. A masked woman — possibly his girlfriend, Erica Herman — was seen alongside the PGA Tour legend.

Woods had been relying on crutches and the use of a protective cast on his right leg since the crash.

He appeared to be walking with a slight limp on Sunday night, but managed to climb a set of five steps without any issue as he entered a hotel.

‘[He’s] doing well, especially all things considered,’ fellow PGA Tour player and friend Justin Thomas recently told the No Laying Up podcast.

The problem for Woods, Thomas said, is breaking the monotony.

‘It’s Groundhog Day — every day is exactly the same for him,’ Thomas said.

‘He’s able to be a dad somewhat again, which is most important. He’s still his sarcastic a**hole self, so nothing’s really changed there. So I’m glad to see he’s as chipper as always.’

In what could be the first steps of another comeback for Tiger Woods, the 15-time major winner was seen walking without crutches for the first time since the February car crash that left him with compound fractures in both legs and jeopardized his career. The masked Woods, 45, was pictured exiting an SUV in Los Angeles wearing a windbreaker and shorts with a black sleeve covering the lower portion of his right leg

A masked woman — possibly his girlfriend, Erica Herman — was seen alongside Woods (right), the 15-time Major winner

It has been 10 months since Woods rolled an SUV in Rancho Palos Verdes, California after allegedly driving at more than 80mph — nearly twice the legal speed limit. Woods, the only person involved in the wreck, suffered multiple compound fractures and has been out of the public eye ever since as he’s continued to rehab from his injuries

It has been 10 months since Woods rolled an SUV in Rancho Palos Verdes, California after allegedly driving at more than 80mph — nearly twice the legal speed limit.

Woods, the only person involved in the wreck, suffered multiple compound fractures and has been out of the public eye ever since as he’s continued to rehab from his injuries.

He has not played since a tournament in December of 2020, when he competed alongside his 11-year-old son, Charlie. Woods then had a fifth back surgery in January, but stressed that he expected to return to the tour, albeit after missing most of 2021.

However, Woods would miss the entire 2021 season due to the February wreck, which he was lucky to survive, according to police. Investigators considered the crash to be an accident, but would not release the cause due to privacy concerns. Strangely, Woods neglected to hit the breaks for 400 feet after running into the media.

Anish Mahajan, the interim chief executive of the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, said a rod and pins were needed to stabilize Woods’s leg following the crash.

‘Mr Woods suffered significant orthopedic injuries to his right lower extremity that were treated during emergency surgery,’ he said. ‘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.

‘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.’

Fans and golfers responded by wearing red for Woods during the World Golf Championships later that month.

‘It is hard to explain how touching today was when I turned on the tv and saw all the red shirts,’ Woods tweeted. ‘To every golfer and every fan, you are truly helping me get through this tough time.’

In April Woods showed himself in his first photo since the accident. Although he was smiling, Woods was leaning on crutches and his right leg remained in a protective cast.

Woods, who is no stranger to recovering from injury, described the grueling process to Golf Digest in May.

‘This has been an entirely different animal,’ he said. ‘I understand more of the rehab processes because of my past injuries, but this was more painful than anything I have ever experienced.’

He was pictured without crutches while watching Charlie in October, but Woods was leaning on a club and did not appear to be walking.

In April Woods showed himself in his first photo since the accident. Although he was smiling, Woods was leaning on crutches and his right leg remained in a protective cast. Now, though, Woods is walking without crutches or a cast on his right leg

Woods would miss the entire 2021 season due to the February wreck, which he was lucky to survive, according to police. Investigators considered the crash to be an accident, but would not release the cause due to privacy concerns. Strangely, Woods neglected to hit the breaks for 400 feet after running into the media