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Photo sparks concerning theory about Tiger Woods' future in golf

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·4-min read
Tiger Woods, pictured here after winning the Masters in 2019.
Tiger Woods' backyard golf course is under construction. Image: Getty/Twitter

An aerial photo of Tiger Woods' backyard golf course has sparked further intrigue about the golf legend's future in the sport.

The 15-time Major winner was travelling nearly double the speed limit when he veered off the road and flipped his car near Los Angeles in February.

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Woods suffered a shattered lower right leg and ankle in the single-vehicle crash, sparking concerns about his future as a professional golfer.

As fans continue to ponder whether or not the 45-year-old will be able to return to the elite level, the photo of his backyard in Florida has added further intrigue to the mystery.

An aerial photo of Woods’ backyard at his $15 million mansion has gone viral on social media and shows his custom-made practice course under construction.

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The photo was posted by Florida native Dakota Atkinson and wound up on a Woods fan account - TWLegion.

It remains to be seen what Woods is planning for the Jupiter Island Practice Facility, which he designed in 2010 when he moved there.

But the photo had fans fearing the worst, with many speculating that Woods is doing away with the practice course because he won't need it anymore.

However others suggested he's re-designing it with a view to start practicing again, while others suggested he's revamping it for son Charlie.

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“He designed and built a complex with one goal in mind: replicating tournament-like conditions, similar to those he faced around the world,” Woods’ TGR design website said of the facility.

“The design allows Tiger to hit almost any shot of 150 yards or less to one of four unique greens.”

Investigators reveal cause of Tiger Woods crash

After a long investigation, police finally revealed the terrifying speed Woods was travelling before and during his crash.

Woods was travelling between 82.02mph and 86.99mph (around 140 kilometres) - in a 45mph zone (72km/h).

He then smashed into a tree, which sent him airborne at 75mph.

"The primary causal factor for this traffic collision was driving at a speed unsafe for the road conditions and the inability to negotiate the curve of the roadway," LA Sheriff Alex Villanueva said.

"Estimated speeds at the first area of impact were 84 to 87 miles per hour."

Workers, pictured here moving Tiger Woods' vehicle after his horror crash.
Workers move Tiger Woods' vehicle after his horror crash. (Mark J. Terrill for For The Times)

The police confirmed Woods showed "no signs of impairment" and voluntarily allowed the police to release the findings to the public.

Despite the findings, recovered from the 'black box' in the in his Genisis GV.80 on February 23, police have confirmed he won't be facing any charges.

Officials said Woods had received no special treatment and wouldn't be charged for speeding because there was no one around to witness the event.

Captain James Powers said Woods' phone or blood wasn't checked because there was "no evidence of any impairment or intoxication."

He also said it appeared Woods inadvertently hit the accelerator as there was no sign of braking.

The investigation is now closed.

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