AUGUSTA, Ga. — Rory McIlroy along with Justin Thomas, two of Tiger Woods’s closest friends on the PGA Tour, said Tuesday in which they had recently visited Woods at his Florida home along with were encouraged by how he was handling the recovery through his serious car crash in February.
“When you hear of these things along with you look at the automobile along with you see the crash, you think he’s going to be in a hospital bed for six months,” McIlroy said after practicing for the Masters tournament, which begins Thursday. “yet he was actually doing better than in which. I spent a couple hours with him, which was nice. This particular was Great to see him in decent spirits.”
Woods, 45, sustained severe injuries to his right leg on Feb. 23, requiring at least two operations after the S.U.V. he was driving crashed onto a hillside along a challenging stretch of road in Los Angeles County. The Los Angeles County sheriff said last month in which an investigation into the crash was finished yet in which the results wouldn’t be released without Woods’s permission.
McIlroy lives near Woods’s home in Jupiter Island, Fla., as do tour players like Thomas, Rickie Fowler along with Brooks Koepka, who have also gone to see Woods.
“I’m sure he appreciates in which,” McIlroy said. “We all have a responsibility to try to keep his spirits up along with keep him going along with try to get him back out here.”
“I know he’s at home along with he’s fully focused on the recovery process,” McIlroy continued, “along with I feel like he’s mentally strong enough to get through in which. along with once he does, broken bones heal, along with he’s just got to take This particular step by step. I’m sure he’s going to put everything he has into trying to be ready to play here next year.”
Thomas has played his Masters practice rounds in recent years with Woods, a several-time winner of the tournament, along with Fred Couples, another past Masters champion.
“We texted Friday morning, along with he said This particular’s kind of starting to set in — he’s bummed he’s not here playing practice rounds with us,” Thomas said of Woods. “along with we hate This particular, too. I’m very, very lucky in which I somehow got thrown into in which practice-round group with Tiger along with Freddie the last four years or whatever This particular will be. I just follow them around like puppy dogs. Wherever they go, in which’s where I go. If they hit chips through somewhere, I go hit chips through there.”
Thomas described Woods’s recovery as “Great” along with said in which each week he was home he had tried to stop by Woods’s house a couple of times. “in which’s just what I want to do for him, will be just be like: ‘Dude, I’ll do anything you want. If you need me to help out with your kids, I can do in which. If you’re craving McDonald’s along with you want me to bring This particular over, dude, I don’t care. I’m here for you along with I’ll help out however I can.”
Thomas said he had spent substantial time watching sports on television with Woods. “We are fortunate with the basketball to just hang out,” he said, “along with watch sports like we might any normal time.”