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Friday, 12 April 2019

Woods involved in frightening collision


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The spectators’ handbook at Augusta National is very clear: “for the safety of everyone, running is considered unacceptable behaviour.”

So is nearly taking out a four-time champion, which is what happened when an over-zealous security guard broke the no-running rule during the second round of the Masters.

For a moment it looked like Tiger Woods had been seriously injured after being blindsided by the security guard, who slipped and collided with the 43-year-old as he attempted to keep the patrons away from Woods.

The incident happened after Woods pulled his tee shot at the 14th hole into the trees. Forced to play from alongside the fans, Woods played a remarkable recovery shot to find the green and set up the most unlikely of birdies.

Immediately after hitting the shot, the crowd milled around Woods, and an over-eager security guard came running to ensure nobody got too close to golfing royalty.

But rain had made the grass slippery, and as he drew alongside Woods he slipped, striking the former world no.1 a nasty blow to the right ankle. Woods was left jumping around in pain, it was the type of contact that so often results in a torn ACL.

Fortunately for Woods, and even more so the security guard, it appears there’s no long term damage.

“Accidents happen, we move on,” Woods told ESPN after the incident.

“Other than having four knee surgeries and four back surgeries I'm great.”

The birdie at the 14th was part of a spectacular final 10 holes for Woods, who shot 68 to sit just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.

Woods birdied 9, 11, 14 and 15 as he vaulted up the leaderboard, leaving him one shot behind five players, including Australians Jason Day and Adam Scott.

The Masters is live on 9GEM with additional streams available on 9NOW.

The spectators’ handbook at Augusta National is very clear: “for the safety of everyone, running is considered unacceptable behaviour.”

So is nearly taking out a four-time champion, which is what happened when an over-zealous security guard broke the no-running rule during the second round of the Masters.

For a moment it looked like Tiger Woods had been seriously injured after being blindsided by the security guard, who slipped and collided with the 43-year-old as he attempted to keep the patrons away from Woods.

The incident happened after Woods pulled his tee shot at the 14th hole into the trees. Forced to play from alongside the fans, Woods played a remarkable recovery shot to find the green and set up the most unlikely of birdies.

Immediately after hitting the shot, the crowd milled around Woods, and an over-eager security guard came running to ensure nobody got too close to golfing royalty.

But rain had made the grass slippery, and as he drew alongside Woods he slipped, striking the former world no.1 a nasty blow to the right ankle. Woods was left jumping around in pain, it was the type of contact that so often results in a torn ACL.

Fortunately for Woods, and even more so the security guard, it appears there’s no long term damage.

“Accidents happen, we move on,” Woods told ESPN after the incident.

“Other than having four knee surgeries and four back surgeries I'm great.”

The birdie at the 14th was part of a spectacular final 10 holes for Woods, who shot 68 to sit just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.

Woods birdied 9, 11, 14 and 15 as he vaulted up the leaderboard, leaving him one shot behind five players, including Australians Jason Day and Adam Scott.

The Masters is live on 9GEM with additional streams available on 9NOW.

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