New footage from a TV series that Tiger Woods filmed the day before his horrific 87mph car crash in February has been released.
Episode one of ‘A Round with Tiger’, which is now available on GOLFTV, shows the American star, 45, giving Jada Pinkett Smith, the wife of Hollywood star Will Smith, a golf lesson at the Rolling Hills Country Club in California.
The pair initially meet on the driving range at the luxury private members club before heading out onto the course as Woods, the 15-time Major champion, opens up on his career and offers advice to Pinkett Smith about her game.
Woods shattered his right leg in the crash on February 23. This footage was captured the day before and it is thought Woods was returning to the golf club to film with NFL quarterbacks Justin Herbert and Drew Brees on the day of the crash.
No other vehicles were involved in the incident, which saw Woods allegedly swerve across several lanes of oncoming traffic before rolling his Genesis SUV down a hill.
Police estimate that Woods was driving as fast as 87mph in the 45mph zone that day but, despite his speed and the fact that he struck a raised median, Woods is not facing criminal charges.
The 45-year-old was knocked unconscious and suffered major injuries to his leg. He also had a gash to his jaw as well as ‘bruised right and left rib cage,’ according to the crash report.
He underwent surgery for the multiple leg injuries and has been in recovery ever since.
New footage shows Tiger Woods the day before his horrific 87mph car crash back in February
Episode one of ‘A Round with Tiger’ shows the American, 45, giving Jada Pinkett Smith a lesson
Police estimate that Woods was driving as fast as 87mph in the 45mph zone that day
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department detailed how Woods was speeding after he lost control of his car and veered onto the other side of the road before striking a tree
But the first episode of the series he was filming at the time of the crash, which was made with Golf Digest, has surfaced and shows Woods to be far from the peak of his powers.
Woods, who has suffered with back issues in the latter stages of his career, looks notably downbeat and very stiff at the time of filming.
He also doesn’t hit a full golf shot, suggesting he wasn’t in great shape at the time of his crash.
The first meeting between Woods and Pinkett Smith shows the actress, screenwriter and producer revelling in his victory at the Masters in 2019, although he fails to see why it was so inspiring.
‘Your last Masters that you won, Will (Smith) calls me, he says, “Turn the TV on right now Tiger is about to make history”,’ Pinkett Smith says.
‘So I turn the TV on and I’m watching, and you win. I just get so emotional just thinking about it all. I’m like, “Tiger’s back! Like, he did it!”
But Woods disagrees that it was a remarkable win, given how he had been written off as he battled back problems in recent years. He says: ‘See, 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 notably downbeat in the footage and opened up on his fitness woes in golf
The 15-time Major champion gave Pinkett Smith a lesson at the Rolling Hills Country Club
‘But those of us who are looking on the outside, 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 surprised, asks: ‘Seriously?’.
After some time spent giving Pinkett Smith some advice on the driving range, the pair then move out onto the course.
Discussing getting older, Woods says: ‘You’re right about the wisdom part of it but I’ve had 10 operations.’
Pinkett Smith replies: ‘But I have to be honest with you, that’s the part in regards to your journey that has been amazing. What you’ve overcome, it’s so inspiring.’
But Woods again chooses not to take the compliment and, sat downbeat in the golf cart, says: ‘I just want to see if I win.
‘I just don’t look at like that. I just look at the fight.’
‘I know but you’ve got to look at what you’ve got from the fight,’ Pinkett Smith replies.
Woods, now smiling, replies: ‘Fun’.
After spending time out on the course, the pair stopped for some food and Pinkett Smith asks Woods where he thinks his resilience comes from.
Woods replies: ‘That’s all I know. I feel like I’m never out of the fight. I’m always pushing and the body definitely knows it.’
‘For me, I always thought I wasn’t the most talented so I felt like I had to work my a** off. I wanted to become better.’
In this file photo a tow truck recovers the vehicle driven by golfer Woods in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on February 23, 2021, after a rollover accident
Police say Woods was travelling at high speed when he hit a raised central reservation, smashed through a wooden road sign, splintered a tree and then rolled his SUV off the wrong side of the road where it came to rest at the bottom of an embankment
There are three more episodes of the series to come with 13-time NBA All Star Dwyane Wade and actor and comedian David Spade both featuring.
Woods is still recovering but last month he was pictured out for the first time since the crash four months ago and was spotted hobbling along on crutches at a Los Angeles airport.
Woods was accompanied by his girlfriend, Erica Herman, who helped him after they touched down in the city on board a private jet.
Woods was still wearing a compression stocking on his right leg, and seemed to still be in significant pain. He struggled to get into a golf cart which subsequently whisked him to an inside terminal.
Photos showed that Woods was also not yet back behind the wheel. Herman was pictured driving the golfer in a black SUV as they later left the airport.
According to police, there wasn’t enough evidence to charge Woods, who didn’t undergo sobriety testing, with reckless driving but he is not believed to have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the early-morning crash.
‘Reckless driving, you have to have multiple violations in conjunction with one another,’ Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Captain James Powers told the media on April 7.
‘That did not exist here … and the speeding, there’s no independent witnesses regarding the speeding.’
Woods celebrates on the 18th green after winning the Masters at Augusta National in 2019
Woods described the rehabilitation process from his car accident as ‘more painful than anything I have ever experienced’
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 seatbelt and the airbag had deployed.
Woods was ‘responsive and was able to speak,’ a deputy noted in the report – but said he was ‘acting in a manner consistent with someone suffering from shock.’
He also cut the top-right side of his head, right eye and nose and right chin and jawline.
Woods told first responders that his right leg was ‘in a lot of pain,’ according to the crash report. When he was removed from the wreckage, first responders saw ‘he had an open fracture mid-shaft on his right leg below the knee.’
Officials with the Los Angeles County Fire Department told investigators that Woods ‘was somewhat combative when they were trying to treat him on scene.’
Woods was taken by ambulance to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and was given morphine and Zofran for the pain. He later was transferred to Cedars Sinai hospital before he was allowed to return home.
Fans around the world (excluding the US) can enjoy A Round with Tiger: Celebrity Lessons exclusively on GOLFTV. Fans in selected European markets: the UK, Nordics, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Spain, will also be able to watch the series on Discovery+ from 29 July 2021.
A Round with Tiger is presented by Geico and Blaze Grills. The series is supported by E-Z-GO. Discovery, Inc. launched GOLFTV powered by PGA TOUR in January 2019, as part of a ground-breaking 12-year strategic alliance with the PGA TOUR, and acquired Golf Digest in May 2019.