Tiger Woods car crash: Sport stars express shock after hearing of golfer's serious accident
Justin Thomas: "I'm sick to my stomach. You know, it hurts to see one of my closest friends get in an accident. Man, I just hope he's all right. Just worry for his kids, you know. I'm sure they're struggling."
By Keith Jackson
Last Updated: 24/02/21 2:15pm
Justin Thomas expressed his concern for both Tiger Woods and his children as news of Woods' serious car crash in California dominated the build-up to this week's WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession.
Thomas was clearly shaken when asked for his reaction to the breaking story from California, where Woods was rushed to hospital having suffered "multiple leg injuries" in a single-vehicle accident in which his car rolled over.
Social media was packed with well-wishers from the world of sport, showbusiness and politics, while Thomas was in his pre-tournament press conference in Sarasota, Florida when he gave his view.
"I'm sick to my stomach," said the world No 3. "You know, it hurts to see one of my closest friends get in an accident. Man, I just hope he's all right. Just worry for his kids, you know. I'm sure they're struggling."
Adam Scott, a long-time friend and rival of Woods, added: "It's sickening. He's our hero out here... I just hope he's all right."
Xander Schauffele said: "My putting coach called me and told me. The volunteer who gave me a ride showed me a picture of it, and I read they used the jaws of life. The mood has been very quiet, I'd say.
"Everyone I've talked to has been in a strange mood due to the news. I was talking to my caddie about the impact he's had on the game of golf. It's not good for us, not good for the game of golf. All we can do is hope that he's fine and has a speedy recovery."
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Manahan issued a statement which read: "We have been made aware of Tiger Woods' car accident today. We are awaiting further information when he comes out of surgery. On behalf of the PGA Tour and our players, Tiger is in our prayers and will have our full support as he recovers."
Augusta National chairman, Fred Ridley, said: "Tiger Woods is part of the Augusta National family, and the news of his accident is upsetting to all of us. We pray for him, for his full recovery and for his family during this difficult time."
Tweets from a variety of stars from all sports continued to roll in, with Ian Poulter among the first to offer his well-wishes:
We are all pulling for you, Tiger. We are so sorry that you and your family are going through this tough time. Everyone hopes and prays for your full and speedy recovery.— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) February 23, 2021
Barbara and I just heard about Tiger’s accident, and like everyone else, we are deeply concerned. We want to offer him our heartfelt support and prayers at this difficult time. Please join us in wishing Tiger a successful surgery and all the best for a full recovery.— Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) February 23, 2021
Everyone send your prayers out to Tiger Woods! He was just in a bad car accident. Let us all pray for his speedy recovery 🙏🏾— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) February 23, 2021