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Rory McIlroy on Tiger Woods returning to PGA Tour after car crash: ‘He’s not Superman’

Tiger Woods, Rory Mcllroy

Northern Irish golf star Rory Mcllroy shed some light on how much good friend and 15-time major champion Tiger Woods has been through in his career in light of Woods’ scary car crash on Tuesday morning.

Mcllroy was asked Wednesday if Woods, who suffered multiple leg injuries in the accident, is the “one person” who can bounce back from such a scary incident. The four-time major champion responded “He’s not Superman” before elaborating on life being more precious than golf:

“[Tiger’s] a human being at the end of the day,” McIlroy said, via Ryan Lavner of Golf Channel. “And he’s already been through so much. At this stage I think everyone should just be grateful that he’s here, that he’s alive, that his kids haven’t lost their dad. That’s the most important thing. Golf is so far from the equation right now, it’s not even on the map at this point.”

Tiger Woods was involved in a single-car crash early Tuesday morning, about 30 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was subsequently diagnosed with multiple fractures to the lower right leg, as well as a crushed ankle.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Wednesday Woods was not inebriated at the time of the crash, noting it was purely an accident. Villanueva added there will be no charges filed against Tiger.

Woods had been on hiatus after yet another back operation, one of many he has had in his career. The Presidents Cup captain has been through it all in his career, from a widespread sex scandal to drug abuse stemming from his back injuries. His triumph at the 2019 Masters marked one of the greatest comebacks in professional sports.

It will be an uphill climb for Tiger Woods. But as Mcllroy made sure to point out, golf should not be a consideration when it comes to Woods and his health.