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THE golfing world will be praying the injuries Tiger Woods suffered in a car wreck are not life-threatening – but it is hard to believe they will not spell the end of his glittering career.

With Woods, 45, undergoing surgery for “multiple leg injuries”, you have to wonder how much more his battered body can make.

14Tiger Woods' car was left shattered on the side of the road following the smashCredit: BackGrid 14Tiger Woods, 45, is undergoing surgery for 'multiple leg injuries'Credit: AP:Associated Press

He underwent a fifth operation of his fused back just last month, and admitted on Sunday he had no idea whether he would be fit to challenge for a sixth Masters title in April.

Sadly, we now know that is definitely not going to happen.

His legs already bear the scars of five more operations for knee problems - and surgery to repair a torn Achilles – and he has also sustained injuries to his calf, shoulder and neck.

And this is not the first time Woods has had to be rescued from the wreckage of his car.

14Footage showed the car was badly damaged 14Golfer had to be lifted from the vehicle with the 'jaws of life' before being transferred to hospital by paramedics

He was also hospitalised after smashing into a tree and a fire hydrant near his Florida home in 2009.

It later emerged he had been chased out of the house by ex-wife Elin, after she had learned about his string of extra-marital affairs.

That sordid scandal destroyed his carefully-constructed image as a family man, although he remains devoted to his two children, Sam and Charlie.

And in August 2017 Woods was arrested by police in Florida who found him ‘spaced out’ on a cocktail of pain-killers in his car – another consequence of his crippling back problems.

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Woods has performed miracles in the past, famously winning the 2008 US Open on one leg.

He went into the event with two stress fractures and a ruptured cruciate ligament that required surgery the day after his victory.

He also defied medical logic by claiming his fifth Masters victory in 2019, after having two discs in his spine fused together.

That was his 15th Major triumph, and his first in 11 years.

14Tiger Woods was also hospitalised after smashing into a tree and a fire hydrantCredit: AP:Associated Press 14The crash was near his Florida home in 2009Credit: Reuters 14In August 2017 Tiger Woods was arrested by police in Florida who found him ‘spaced out’ on a cocktail of pain-killers in his carCredit: AP:Associated Press

And it was the perfect response to everyone who had written him off as a force in the sport.

But it has looked increasingly as if that would prove a final hurrah, as Woods’ back problems resurfaced last year.

He played just nine times, and after starting the year with a top ten at Torrey Pines in California, he did not manage to finish in the top thirty in his remaining eight starts.

For a player who spent a ridiculous 683 weeks at the top of the world rankings – more than twice as long as anyone else – that was a sobering reminder that the years of wear and tear were finally catching up on him.

The last time Woods teed it up was at the Masters in November, with his title defence delayed for seven months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

14Tiger Woods defied medical logic by claiming his fifth Masters victory in 2019Credit: Reuters 14That was his 15th Major triumph, and his first in 11 yearsCredit: Reuters

He was back in hospital a month ago to have a disc fragment removed.

And instead of playing last week in the PGA Tour he hosts every year – the Genesis Invitational in Los Angeles – he was there just as an interested onlooker.

Asked about his chances of being fit to play in Augusta, he replied: “God I hope so. I got to get there first!

“A lot of it is based on my surgeons and my doctors and my therapists and making sure I do it correctly because this is the only back I got so I don’t have much more wiggle room left here.”

Those words proved eerily prophetic, with Woods crashing his car as he was about to return to Florida, where he would have been playing in this week’s World Golf Championship event, the Workday Championship, if he had been fully fit.

14Tiger Woods pictured with former president Donald TrumpCredit: Reuters 14The last time Woods teed it up was at the Masters in NovemberCredit: Getty Images - Getty

The players preparing for that event were stunned by the news that Woods had been cut out of his battered car.

Former world No 1 Justin Thomas, who has become a close pal of Tiger’s, summed up the mood, saying: "I'm sick to my stomach.

“You know, it hurts to see one of your... now 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."

Everyone in sport – and not just golf – will echo Thomas’ concerns.

14Tiger Woods holding a replica of the Masters TrophyCredit: AP1997

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NASCAR Star Kaz Grala Invites NFL Legend Tom Brady to Enter NASCAR Sponsorship

Lately, there has been a lot of NFL involvement in the world of NASCAR racing. From Alvin Kamara to Antonio Williams, NFL interest in the sport has been increasing. Now, NASCAR part-time Cup driver Kaz Grala dropped a message to try and entice superstar Tom Brady into joining the sport.

Apparently, Brady kick-started the conversation on Twitter. When the NFL season concluded, he asked fans to brainstorm ideas on what to do in the off-season. Some fans suggested that he sponsor Grala for a couple of races, and the Xfinity driver jumped at the chance to try and convince him.

Grala said, “I think you [Tom Brady] should join the NASCAR family. We’ve got Michael Jordan now, coach Joe Gibbs, even Pitbull. What we’re missing right now is a 7-time champion.

“Why should you sponsor me? I’ve been successful running in all three series in NASCAR.”

How else did Grala try to convince Tom Brady?

Kaz Grala continued, “I’m a first generation American, living the dreams of my family. We both migrated south from Boston, and so far it seems to be working pretty well for the both of us.”

From there, Grala openly beseeched Brady to contact him and even gave his number. So far, Brady has yet to respond, but his presence could be a massive boon for the NASCAR community.

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On a different note, Kaz Grala is splitting time between the Cup and Truck Series. It is also worth mentioning that he ended up in eighth place at the Daytona road course Truck Race. However, his Cup Series Daytona 500 stint was quite lacklustre. Nevertheless, the 22-year-old is still fairly young and has plenty of time to grow.

Grala is obviously trying to rope in Tom Brady, purely because of the latter’s star power. Brady is regarded as one of the best NFL players of his generation. With the kind of sway that he has in the fanbase, his presence in NASCAR could be a big boon.

For the moment, Brady will be focusing on his Tampa Bay Buccaneers career. He boasted of a dream start to his Bucs career that culminated in a seventh Super Bowl win. Now, he will be keen to continue the momentum into the new season.

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