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The vehicle of golfer Tiger Woods, who was rushed to hospital after suffering multiple injuries, lies on its side after being involved in a single-vehicle accident in Los Angeles,. KNBC via REUTERS

The vehicle of golfer Tiger Woods, who was rushed to hospital after suffering multiple injuries, lies on its side after being involved in a single-vehicle accident in Los Angeles,. KNBC via REUTERS

The vehicle of golfer Tiger Woods, who was rushed to hospital after suffering multiple injuries, lies on its side after being involved in a single-vehicle accident in Los Angeles,. KNBC via REUTERS

The dreadful California car crash which left Tiger Woods with severe leg injuries may have ended his pursuit of one of the great records in all of sport.

For so long, the golf world, and indeed the sporting world, presumed that Jack Nicklaus’ record of winning 18 Majors in his career was out of sight of any other mortal.

Along came the brilliant Tiger Woods, who had won 14 by 2008 and he was only 32 then. It seemed the great chase was on.

But that US Open triumph for Tiger at Torrey Pines outside San Diego would be his last until a stunning Masters triumph in 2019. Repeated back and knee injuries, and a marriage break-up, meant Tiger was sidelined for many of the years in between.

But when he won a 15th Major at Augusta in April 2019, the chase was on again.

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MAGIC: Tiger Woods celebrates on the 18th hole to win the 2019 Masters. Pic: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo

MAGIC: Tiger Woods celebrates on the 18th hole to win the 2019 Masters. Pic: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo

MAGIC: Tiger Woods celebrates on the 18th hole to win the 2019 Masters. Pic: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo

However Tiger is now 45 years of age, an age after which few players have ever won a Major and gifted young players are coming out onto the PGA Tour all the time, inspired by him.

As the host of the Genesis International tournament in California last week, he saw American Max Homa win the event, a 30-year-old who made no secret of the fact that, as a teenager, it was Tiger’s glorious deeds that inspired him to have a go at being good at golf.

Tiger also told American TV, while at the tournament last Sunday, that he wasn’t sure if he could play the Masters this year as he recovered from a recent back operation.

Now that is a lost cause anyway. But if Tiger was going to take down Jack’s record, he surely had to win at least one, if not both, of the Masters at Augusta in April or the US Open in June, back at Torrey Pines – a course he has been playing since he was a boy.

We know not the seriousness yet of Tiger’s car crash.

The fear has to be that it marks the end of not just of Tiger’s charge for 18 Majors, but of one of the great sporting talents of our time.

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