'Spoken to him': Rory McIlroy provides major update on Tiger Woods

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
Rory McIlory (pictured left) sharing a laugh with Tiger Woods (pictured right).
Rory McIlory (pictured left) has revealed his conversations with Tiger Woods (pictured right) after his accident. (Getty Images)

Golfer Rory McIlroy has revealed his conversation with Tiger Woods after his terrifying car crash in Los Angeles two weeks ago.

The 15-time major winner has undergone two surgeries after two compound fractures to his right leg suffered in the single-vehicle crash.

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Police said Woods survived "what would otherwise have been a fatal crash" because the interior of his vehicle remained largely intact.

Sheriff’s Deputy Carlos Gonzalez was one of the first people on the scene and said Woods wasn't aware of how badly he was injured at the time and had no recollection of the crash.

Police obtained a search warrant for the black box of the SUV Woods, with the warrant finding Woods had no memory of driving a car or the crash whatsoever when he awoke in the driver's seat.

McIlory reveals conversation with Woods

But now, McIlory has revealed his chat with the American on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

"I've spoken to him a little bit," he said.

"He's doing better. I think all the guys have reached out to him and hopefully if things go well over the next week or so he might be able to get home and start to recover at home, which would be great for him, see his kids, see his family.

"He's doing better and just I think all of us are wishing him a speedy recovery at this point."

McIlory was part of the golf contingent that wore black and red for Woods in a touching gesture for the final round of the recent WGC Championship, five days after the 45-year-old's accident.

McIlory also revealed Woods even offered him some tips on his form after the Northern Irishman's tough final round of 76 at the Arnold Palmer Invitation.

A tow truck recovers the vehicle driven by golfer Tiger Woods in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on February 23, 2021, after a rollover accident.
A tow truck recovers the vehicle driven by golfer Tiger Woods in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on February 23, 2021, after a rollover accident. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

"He texted me some words of encouragement before the final round of Bay Hill on Sunday and things didn't quite go to plan and he was the first one to text me and be like 'What's going on here?'" McIlroy smiled.

"So even from the hospital bed, he's still giving me some heat!"

A post from the golfer's Twitter account revealed the 45-year-old's injuries after the single-vehicle crash.

He suffered open fractures to the 45-year-old's tibia and fibula and further injuries to his foot and ankle were stabilised during surgery with the insertion of a rod, screws and pins.

The severity of the injuries, coupled with the fact that he was already sidelined following a fifth back operation, leaves the prospects of the 15-time major winner being able to return to action hanging in the balance.

with AAP

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