New footage from a TV series filmed by Tiger Woods the day before his horrific 87 km/h car accident in February has been released.
Episode one of ‘A Round with Tiger’, available now on GOLFTV, shows the American star, 45, teaching Jada Pinkett Smith, wife of Hollywood star Will Smith, a golf lesson at Rolling Hills Country Club in California.
The pair initially meet on the driving range at the luxury private members’ club before hitting the track as Woods, the 15-time Major champion, kicks off his career and offers Pinkett Smith advice on her game.
Woods crushed his right leg in the crash on February 23. This footage was taken the day before and it is believed that on the day of the crash, Woods returned to the golf club to film with NFL quarterbacks Justin Herbert and Drew Brees.
No other vehicles were involved in the incident, with Woods reportedly swerving across several lanes of oncoming traffic before rolling his Genesis SUV down a hill.
Police estimate that Woods was traveling at a speed of 140km/h in the 45mph zone that day, but despite his speed and hitting an elevated median strip, Woods is not facing any criminal charges.
The 45-year-old passed out and suffered serious injuries to his leg. He also had a cut on his jaw and “bruised right and left rib cages,” the crash report said.
He underwent surgery for the multiple leg injuries and has since been recovering.
New images show Tiger Woods the day before his horrific 137 km/h car accident in February
Episode one of ‘A Round with Tiger’ features American, 45, teaching Jada Pinkett Smith a lesson
Police estimate Woods drove as fast as 87 mph in the 45 mph zone that day
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has described how Woods was speeding after he lost control of his car and swerved to the other side of the road before hitting a tree
But the first episode of the series he was filming at the time of the crash, which was created with Golf Digest, has surfaced showing that Woods is far from the pinnacle of his powers.
Woods, who has suffered from back problems late in his career, looks remarkably gloomy and very stiff at the time of filming.
He also doesn’t hit a full wave, suggesting he wasn’t in top shape at the time of his crash.
The first meeting between Woods and Pinkett Smith shows the actress, screenwriter and producer enjoying his win at the 2019 Masters, though he doesn’t understand why it was so inspiring.
“Your last Masters you won, Will (Smith) calls me, he says, ‘Now turn on the TV, Tiger is going to make history,'” Pinkett Smith says.
“So I turn on the TV and I watch, and you win. I just get so emotional just thinking about it. I’m like, “Tiger’s back! Like, he did it!”
But Woods disagrees that it was a remarkable win, given that he had been written off in recent years as he battled his problems. He says: ‘Look, I don’t see it that way’.
“I know you don’t, but you wouldn’t because it’s your journey,” Pinkett Smith replies.
Woods looked remarkably bleak in the footage, opening up his fitness issues in golf
The 15-time Major Champion gave Pinkett Smith a lesson at the Rolling Hills Country Club
“But those of us looking out, it’s amazing. So that day I said, “This game has something for me”. And that’s the day I started taking this game seriously.’
Woods, still puzzled, asks, “Seriously?”
After advising Pinkett Smith about the driving range for a while, they hit the track.
On aging, Woods says, “You’re right about the wisdom part of it, but I’ve had 10 surgeries.”
Pinkett Smith replies, “But I have to be honest with you, that’s the part regarding your journey that was amazing. What you have overcome is so inspiring.’
But Woods again chooses not to take the compliment, saying knocked down in the golf cart, “I just want to see if I win.
‘I just don’t look like that. I’m just watching the fight.’
“I know, but you have to look at what you got out of the fight,” Pinkett Smith replies.
Woods, now laughing, replies, “Fun.”
After spending time out on the track, the pair stopped for some food and Pinkett Smith asks Woods where he thinks his resilience comes from.
Pinkett Smith: ‘Where does your resilience come from?
Woods: “That’s all I know. I feel like I’m never out of whack. I’m always pushing and the body knows for sure.’
“For me, I always thought I wasn’t the most talented, so I felt like I had to do my best. I wanted to get better.’
Pinkett Smith: ‘Tiger, your trip was amazing.’
Woods: ‘I just don’t see it that way.
Pinkett Smith: One day you will.
Woods: “I don’t think so. I don’t look at it that way. I’m just watching the fight.’
In this file photo, a tow truck recovers the vehicle driven by golfer Woods in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on Feb. 23, 2021, after a rollover accident
According to police, Woods was driving at high speed when he hit an elevated median strip, slammed through a wooden road sign, splintered a tree and then rolled his SUV off the wrong side of the road where it came to a stop at the bottom of an embankment.
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Woods is still recovering, but last month he was photographed for the first time since the crash four months ago and was spotted on crutches at a Los Angeles airport.
Woods was accompanied by his girlfriend, Erica Herman, who helped him after they landed in town aboard a private jet.
Woods was still wearing a compression stocking on his right leg and still seemed to be in a lot of pain. He struggled to get into a golf cart which then took him to an indoor terminal.
Photos showed that Woods wasn’t back behind the wheel yet either. Herman was pictured driving the golfer in a black SUV as they later left the airport.
Police said there was not enough evidence to charge Woods, who did not undergo a sobriety test, for reckless driving, but he was not said to have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the early morning accident.
“Reckless driving, you have to have multiple violations side by side,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Captain James Powers told media on April 7.
“That didn’t exist here … and the speeding, there are no independent witnesses to the speeding.”
Woods celebrates on the 18th green after winning the Masters at Augusta National in 2019
Woods described the recovery process from his car accident as ‘more painful than anything I’ve ever been through’
First responders noted that they saw Woods sitting in the driver’s seat of the car with blood on his face and chin when they arrived. The legendary golfer was wearing his seat belt and the airbag was deployed.
Woods was “responsive and able to speak,” one deputy noted in the report, but said he “acted in a manner consistent with someone suffering shock.”
He also cut the top right corner of his head, right eye and nose and right chin and jawline.
Woods told emergency responders that his right leg was “in a lot of pain,” the crash report said. When he was removed from the wreckage, first responders noticed “he had an open fracture in the middle of the shaft of his right leg below the knee.”
Los Angeles County Fire Department officials told investigators that Woods was “a little combative when they tried to treat him at the scene.”
Woods was taken by ambulance to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and given morphine and Zofran for the pain. He was later transferred to Cedars Sinai Hospital before being allowed to return home.
A round with tiger is presented by Geico and Blaze Grills. The series is supported by EZ-GO. Discovery, Inc. launched GOLFTV powered by PGA TOUR in January 2019, as part of a pioneering 12-year strategic alliance with the PGA TOUR, and acquired Golf Digest in May 2019.