Kevin Pietersen has hailed Tiger Woods as one of the greatest sportsmen ever, as he sent a message of support to the golf legend after his car accident.
The sporting icon is said to be ‘lucky to be alive’ after he was involved in a serious car crash in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
The golfer was on his way to a Los Angeles course when his car came off the road
His Genesis GV80 flipped over multiple times
Woods had to be cut from his vehicle after hitting a curb, a tree and turning over several times after crashing at high-speed.
The 45-year-old suffered major injuries, with a rod inserted in his right leg during surgery on an open fracture, while injuries to his foot and ankle have been stabilised with pins and screws.
The 15-time major champion is now recovering in hospital and is ‘awake’ and ‘responsive’.
News of the accident sent shockwaves through the world of sport, with legendary golf broadcaster Bob Bubka saying surviving the crash is ‘the biggest accomplishment of Tiger’s career’.
England cricket star Pietersen is a huge golf fan, and he joined talkSPORT on Wednesday to send his well wishes to the sporting great.
“Tiger Woods transcends sport,” KP told the talkSPORT Breakfast.
Woods won the Masters in 2019 to claim his 15th major title
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talkSPORT cricket pundit and former England star KP is a massive golf fan and has hailed Tiger Woods as one of the greatest ever sportsmen
“I said to my wife last night, you’re seeing live coverage of a wreck of a car. What other sports person in the world would you see live minute-by-minute coverage like that?
“It was international, global news, and that is how big a sportsman he is and how great he is for the world of sport and just sport in general.
“I saw a guy on CNN last night talking about an interview he did with Tiger ten years ago, he asked him, ‘where do you feel most comfortable, where do you like being, what do you like doing?’
“Tiger said, ‘mate, I’ve taken up diving, because nobody recognises me under the water’. The kind of life he lives, people are saying, ‘why didn’t he have a driver’, but sometimes you just want to be by yourself, and maybe that was the time he could spend by himself.
“It’s great news that he’s talking, great news.
“I just hope we can see Tiger Woods swinging a golf club again.”
Bob Bubka provides an update on the condition of Tiger Woods after golf legend involved in serious car accident
Golf reporter Bubka also joined Wednesday’s talkSPORT Breakfast to bring us the latest news on Woods’ condition.
Bubka has known Woods for years and has reported at all 15 of his major wins, but he says surviving the crash is ‘the biggest accomplishment’ of Woods’ trophy-laden career.
“The last 12 hours have been absolutely incredible to deal with,” he said.
“I’ve covered all 15 of Tiger’s majors and every one was a major accomplishment, but I think what he did this afternoon in surviving this crash is probably by far his biggest accomplishment of his career.
“The news just out is not good; they said they require screws and pins in his lower right leg, foot and ankle.
“The ankle was apparently severely crushed, and when you think of an ankle being crushed and you think about the sport of golf, that doesn’t add up.
“But the main thing is he is alive. He’s got two children and it looks like, if he can’t be a golfer, he’s going to be able to continue to be a father, and right now that’s the most important thing.
“He’s tough and he’s going to have to be tough. These injuries are so bad for anybody, but for a professional golfer, I cannot even imagine what he’s going through right now.
“We’re just all so thankful that he’s alive, he’s responsive, he’s come out of the operation, and this is the first baby step towards recovery.”