Early this morning, Tiger Woods got into a serious car accident that sent him to the emergency room. The fifteen-time major PGA champion went into surgery this afternoon to address injuries on both of his legs.
In the wake of the accident, countless public figures have spoken up to send their prayers to the legendary golfer. This includes former President Barack Obama, who sent a heartfelt message via Twitter.
“Sending my prayers to Tiger Woods and his family tonight,” the former two-term president said on Twitter. “Here’s to a speedy recovery for the GOAT of golf. If we’ve learned anything over the years, it’s to never count Tiger out.”
Barack Obama definitely speaks some truth in saying never count Tiger Woods out. Over the course of his career, Tiger won 15 major championships and holds countless records in the PGA.
All of this even with suffering from devastating back injuries in the latter half of his career. Despite his physical, mental, and social collapse in the mid-2010s, Woods persevered and returned to win the 2019 Masters once again.
Barack Obama and Tiger Woods
As it turns out, Barack Obama and Tiger Woods have actually teed it up together a couple of times. In 2013, during Obama’s presidency, the POTUS flew down to Palm Beach, Florida for vacation. On that vacation, he and Tiger linked up on the golf course. Needless to say, Tiger got the best of Obama in their skins game.
“I don’t think either party was nervous,” Obama said about their weekend. “He knew that I wasn’t a big threat to his world ranking and I knew that I better keep my day job.”
That wasn’t the last time the couple squared up on the links. In January of 2019, just a few months before Tiger Woods won the Masters, he played with Obama again. In all likelihood, Woods probably laid another beatdown on Obama, however, the former president was not too salty to congratulate Tiger a few months later when he won the Masters.
“Congratulations, Tiger!” the former president said in a Tweet. “To come back and win the Masters after all the highs and lows is a testament to excellence, grit, and determination.”