Rickie Fowler gives positive update on Tiger Woods rehabilitation

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Rickie Fowler gave some positive news to golf fans around the world ahead of his opening round at the 3M Open this week, after confirming Tiger Woods is ‘putting the work in’ as he recovers from a car accident he suffered in February.

Woods was hospitalised following the crash in Los Angeles earlier this year, and was in the area to host the annual Genesis Invitational at the Riviera Country Club, however did not compete due to ongoing back problems.

The 45-year-old suffered severe leg injuries that included ‘open fractures affecting the upper and lower of the tibia and fibula bones’ meaning Woods was set for a life-changing rehabilitation process.

However, ahead of Fowler’s first round in Minnesota the five-time PGA Tour winner gave an optimistic update on his former Ryder Cup teammate: “I know he’s been getting after it as far as rehab goes, that takes up most of his day.”

Fowler added: “I know as kind of stubborn as he is, being as big of a golf nerd as all of us are, he’s putting the work in. I know it’s been tough. It’s a long road till now, he’s got a long road ahead, but he’s putting the work in.”

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After Fowler failed to qualify for the Masters for the first time in 11 years in April, the former world number four revealed he watched the biggest golf event of the year alongside Woods during his recovery. 

“[We were] both disappointed that we were not out there [at Augusta] playing, But he’s not lacking any fire in there right now, he never has.”

After providing the good news on Woods ahead of his opening round at the 3M Open, Fowler seemed to translate this positivity into his golf game after he shot a seven-under-par, 64 to leave him tied for the lead alongside Troy Merritt and Jhonattan Vegas on day one.

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Fowler looked to be back to his best at TPC Twin Cities, with his first round being a bogeyless one, as well as including seven birdies.

Play was later suspended towards the end of the opening day due to darkness, meaning the end of round one will resume early on day two. And, if the 32-year-old’s co-lead is still intact come the end of the opening round it will be his first post-round lead in 555 days.

Fowler will look to defend his lead and continue his hunt for a first PGA Tour title since early 2019 today, when he heads out for his second round at 6:45pm BST alongside Tony Finau and Sergio Garcia.

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