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Four-time major champion Rory McIlroy said on Wednesday that questions
over Tiger Woods’s golfing future are immaterial as the superstar fights
to recover from serious leg injuries sustained in a car crash.

“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,” Northern
Ireland’s McIlroy told reporters at the World Golf Championships Workday
Championship at Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida.

“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.”

McIlroy
echoed the thoughts of US PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan, who said
his energies would be devoted to supporting Woods in whatever way
possible.

“Well, I think that the only thing that really matters
now is his well-being,” Monahan said. “His recovery, his family, the
level of support that we provide to him.

“Listen, when Tiger
wants to talk about golf, we’ll talk about golf,” added Monahan, after
he was asked if it was “too soon” to think about the PGA Tour without
Woods, whose 82 PGA Tour titles include 15 major championships.

“When
you’re going to overcome what he needs to overcome, I think the love of
all of our players and everybody out here, it’s going to come forward
in a big way and across the entire sporting world,” he said.

‘Given everything to this game’

Woods
was recovering in hospital in Los Angeles on Wednesday after surgery
for “significant orthopaedic injuries” to his lower right leg and ankle.

This
included the insertion of a rod into his shin bone and the use of
screws and pins to stabilize his foot and ankle, doctors said.

Law
enforcement officials who responded to the crash in a Los Angeles
suburb said Woods was lucky to survive when his SUV left the steep,
curving road, rolling over several times.

Monahan recalled his
shock at being notified by telephone of the crash and the period of
uncertainty as to whether Woods’s injuries were life-threatening.

“You’re thinking a lot of different things and some of them are pretty scary to think about,” Monahan said.

World
number four Xander Schauffele described the “sombre” mood on the
practice green on Tuesday and said it was still unusually “quiet” on the
course on Wednesday.

“There’s so much speculation right now, and I
hate speculating, but I would really hate to see that if he wouldn’t be
able to play golf again,” Schauffele said.

But even if that’s the case, world number two Jon Rahm noted that Woods’s legacy is secure.

“I
don’t necessarily need to see him on a golf course again,” Rahm said.
“I would love to, but I just hope he can live a normal life from here
on.

“He’s given everything to this game, he’s done so much for us,
and every day that we’re all out here is going to be a memory of Tiger
Woods.

“Luckily he’s got so much impact in this world that even if
he doesn’t hit a golf shot, with his foundation and many other works,
he’s still able to make a great impact in this world.”



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