Adam Scott, the former world No.1 said: “It’s sickening. He’s our hero here. You think guys like Tiger and Kobe Bryant are untouchable, but they’re not. I just hope he’s okay.
Jack Nicklaus, who is the only player in history to have won more majors than Woods, said: “Please join us in wishing Tiger a successful operation and all the best for a full recovery.”
“Our hearts are with Tiger and his family at this time,” the R&A said.
There were messages of support beyond the world of golf. Donald Trump, the former US President who golfed with Woods and awarded him the Medal of Freedom in 2019, said, “Get well soon, Tiger. You are a true champion! “
Woods’ ex-girlfriend, Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, tweeted: “Praying for TW”.
The PGA Tour said in a statement, “On behalf of the PGA TOUR and our players, Tiger is in our prayers and will have our full support as he recovers.
America’s top sportsmen have tweeted messages of support, including boxer Mike Tyson and basketball legend Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson.