"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. 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," said Rory McIlroy talking about the Tiger Woods' situation.
John Rahm added: "Just hoping out of a bad situation, the best possible outcome and I hope he can recover from it and we can see him on the golf course as early as possible. I know he underwent surgery early this year, so I hope he didn't damage anything he had done already."
Woods had not played since he joined 11-year-old Charlie at the PNC Challenge a few days before his surgery. "I don't know what the plan is", he said when asked if he would try to play before the Masters. Woods, at Riviera to hand out the trophy as the tournament host, had a microdiscectomy Dec.
23. It was the fifth surgery on his back, and the first since a procedure to fuse his lower spine in April 2017. "I'm feeling fine. I'm a little bit stiff. I have one more MRI scheduled so that we'll see if the annulus (fibrosus) is scarred over finally and see if I can start doing more activities.
But still in the gym, still doing the mundane stuff that you have to do for rehab, the little things before I can start gravitating towards something a little more."
Jay Monahan, PGA Tour Commissioner talked about the American golf star's car accident
He said he was shocked by the Tiger Woods accident: "I was in my office on a Microsoft Teams call.
I answered my phone and I guess my reaction was shock, I was shocked. I kind of had to sit down and ask the same question I had asked a second time because I wasn't sure I completely heard what I was being told. So, the way I look at it is it's never about me.
I was like a lot of people out here. Timing is everything in life, and I wanted to pursue a career in sports. I went to graduate school in 1996, got out in '97 and started my career and ended up working, finding a way to work at a company that did a lot in golf.
I saw the environment of the PGA TOUR and once I saw Tiger and all the great players in action, it led me to want to pursue a career here. Well, I think that the only thing that really matters now is his well-being. 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, but I think right now the entirety of our efforts needs to be around the support. 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. I think he'll feel that energy and I think that's what we should all focus on."