Thomas Levet: "Tiger Woods can come back"



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Thomas Levet: "Tiger Woods can come back"

The world of golf is in shock because of the Tiger Woods car accident. One-time Ryder Cup rival Thomas Levet talked about recovery times. He broke his leg jumping into a lake to celebrate his victory at the 2011 French Open and his wife Caroline, a leading French amateur, was also seriously hurt in a car crash.

Thomas Levet, statements

"I had only a broken fibula so Tiger's injury is very different but my wife suffered the same injuries as he has as an 18-year-old. She was in a head-on crash - one car going 80kmh, the other 110kmh.

She was in surgery for 15 hours. They operated on both her legs, feet and ankles. She could not walk for six months. But a year and a bit later, in 1988, she was playing for the French Open in a play-off. She couldn't run, walking tired her but she came back.

And if she came back, Tiger can come back too" Few days ago, Tiger Woods said he's didn't know when he would return from a fifth back surgery, and he could not give a definitive answer Sunday when asked if he would be at the Masters.

"God, I hope so", Woods on the CBS broadcast of The Genesis Invitational. 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"

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.