Conor McGregor applauds Tiger Woods as The Master returns
Conor McGregor applauded Tiger Woods for his return to the Masters in a tweet where he said the world applauds the golfer.
Speaking to social media just hours after his Dublin court appearance, McGregor said: “Hats off to the @TigerWoods golf goat this weekend. Courage and hard work can combine for a comeback – the world is cheering you on. Congratulations, my friend.”
The legendary golfer returned to Augusta National and made a remarkable comeback more than a year after his horrific car accident.
The 15-time major winner impressed on his comeback as he shot a first round under par 72 to leave him well in contention.
McGregor, who is also recovering from a horror leg injury, clearly felt some empathy for the American sports star.
The UFC star took to social media just hours after his court appearance for dangerous driving and other traffic offences.
The 33-year-old had the case against him adjourned when he appeared in a Dublin court charged with an incident in the west of the city last month.
Golf Goat Hat @Tiger Woods This weekend. Courage and hard work can combine for a comeback – the world cheers you on. Congratulations my friend.
—Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 7, 2022
Judge David McHugh remanded McGregor on bail to Blanchardstown District Court, to decide how he intended to plead.
McGregor, with an address at The Paddocks, Castledillon, Straffan, Co Kildare is charged with two counts of dangerous driving, at Lucan Road in Lucan and the N4/M50 interchange in Palmerstown, on March 22.
He is also charged with uninsured and unlicensed driving, as well as failing to produce his documents at a guard station within 10 days.
McGregor arrived at the West Dublin Courthouse in a 21-reg Rolls Royce, for his first appearance on the charges.
Dressed in a gray blazer, white shirt, dark striped tie, dark jeans and black shoes, he sat in the dock and looked around the room courtroom, occasionally glancing at the judge.
He was not required to address the court during the brief hearing and has not yet pleaded against the charges.
McGregor declined to comment on the matter outside of court, but spoke briefly about his training.
“Back to training…I can’t wait to get back to the Octagon,” he said.
When asked if he had an opponent in mind, he replied: “We’ll see what happens, the leg is improving day by day so I’m happy with that. I think 170 is where I’m aiming. I train hard. ”
McGregor, the highest-earning athlete in the world in 2021, was said to be driving a €170,000 Bentley Continental GT with 2019 registrations at the time he was arrested.
Following his arrest last month, his spokesperson said: “Mr. McGregor was driving to the gymnasium when he was arrested by the gardaí for alleged traffic violations. He passed the drug and alcohol tests taken at the station.
A video of a passing car of McGregor being stopped by the gardai went viral and was retweeted by McGregor.
Hours after the arrest, the Crumlin-born fighter posted a message on Instagram saying “tea always helps,” along with a photo of tea and muffins.
Several criminal lawsuits have brought McGregor to court in recent years.
In 2019 he was fined €1,000 but avoided jail after pleading guilty to assaulting a man at the Marble Arch pub in Drimnagh in April.
During that hearing, the court was told that McGregor had 18 prior convictions, mostly for traffic offenses but one for assault, as well as public order offences.
Among his previous motoring cases, in 2018 he was banned from driving for six months and fined €1,000 in Naas District Court for speeding.
McGregor was caught driving 154mph in a 100mph zone on the N7 in Co Kildare during the incident on October 11, 2017 and failed to pay the fixed fine due to an administrative error, this court said.
In November 2017, McGregor was fined €400 for speeding in a separate incident on Naas Road after pleading guilty in Blanchardstown District Court.