Obama and Trump Express Optimism About Tiger Woods' Return to Golf After Car Crash

The last two U.S. presidents both sent well wishes Tuesday to golfing superstar Tiger Woods, who was severely injured earlier in the day in a single-vehicle crash in California.

And the two presidents couldn't be farther apart on the political spectrum. The common denominator Tuesday was Tiger Woods, who had multiple injuries in his legs from the morning crash.

Former presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump both sent messages to the world. Obama called Tiger the "GOAT" of golf, and Trump said he expects to see Woods strolling the links again.

Here's what Obama tweeted Tuesday evening.

"Sending my prayers to @TigerWoods and his family tonight—here's to a speedy recovery for the GOAT of golf. If we've learned anything over the years, it's to never count Tiger out," Obama tweeted.

Sending my prayers to @TigerWoods and his family tonight—here’s to a speedy recovery for the GOAT of golf. If we’ve learned anything over the years, it’s to never count Tiger out.

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 24, 2021

Note: GOAT is short for the Greatest Of All Time

Trump sent a message through a former adviser since the 45th president's Twitter account is banned. Here's what it said on Jason Miller's social media.

"Get well soon, Tiger. You are a true champion!"

Statement from Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America:

“Get well soon, Tiger. You are a true champion!”

— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) February 23, 2021

Woods actually won his 82 tournaments and 15 major championships through a span of four U.S. presidents, which also included Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Woods had multiple leg injuries, and he was taken to a local hospital for surgery. He was the only occupant in the vehicle, according to local authorities.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Woods' crash happened around 7:12 a.m. Tuesday morning in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

Woods, 45, struck a median at a high rate of speed, and his car rolled several times. Capt. James Powers of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the "jaws of life" were not used to extricate Woods from his vehicle.

Tiger Woods and Barack Obama
Captain's assistant Tiger Woods of the U.S. Team speaks to former U.S. President Barack Obama on the first tee during Thursday foursome matches of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 28, 2017 in Jersey City, New Jersey. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Powers said Woods was traveling north on Hawthorne Boulevard at a rapid speed on a road that has a steep slope. He said Woods lost control of his vehicle before striking a median, then a tree and went into a roll. The sheriff's office said Woods was conscious when he was pulled from the vehicle.

Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, said his client has multiple leg injuries.

"Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident this morning in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries," Steinberg said. "He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support."

Woods recently co-hosted the Genesis Invitational, a PGA tournament at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. Woods had back surgery in December, and he told CBS' Jim Nantz on Sunday that he wasn't sure if he'd be ready to play the Masters tournament in April, but that he was rehabbing his back so he could try to make it to Augusta.

Woods was reportedly teaching celebrities in Southern California to become better golfers as well. He was headed to work with NFL quarterbacks Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints) and Justin Herbert (Los Angeles Chargers) on Tuesday when he had his crash.