Tiger Woods, a 15-time Majors champion and top PGA Tour winner (tied): 82, was seriously injured in a car accident in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Woods, 45, underwent several hours of emergency surgery to repair what doctors called “major orthopedic injuries” to his lower right leg and ankle.
Here’s everything we know about Woods’ accident and condition as of Wednesday morning:
What is Tiger’s condition after surgery?
In a statement posted on Tiger’s Twitter account at 12:30 a.m. ET Wednesday, Dr. Anish Mahajan, Medical Director and Acting Executive Director of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, said Woods suffered open comminuted fractures, bones that they were broken into more than two pieces and with breaks in the skin, in the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula of the right leg.
– Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) February 24, 2021
Mahajan said surgeons placed a rod in the tibia of Woods’ right leg and used a combination of screws and pins to stabilize the injuries to his foot and ankle. Mahajan said Woods also suffered trauma to the muscle and soft tissue in his right leg, requiring surgeons to release “the covering of the muscles to relieve pressure due to swelling.”
Mahajan’s statement did not include details about Woods’ left leg. In an earlier statement Tuesday, Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, said he sustained “multiple leg injuries.”
The statement said Woods was “awake, responsive and recovering” after several hours of surgery.
When and where did the accident occur?
California city police and fire department shared what happened with the golfer.
Woods was involved in a car accident shortly after 10 a.m. ET Tuesday near the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, about 30 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. Woods was the sole occupant of a 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV at the time of the accident.
During a news conference Tuesday, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Woods was traveling north on Hawthorne Boulevard at a “relatively higher speed than normal” while descending a steep hill in an area that has a “high frequency of accidents”. He said there were no skid marks on the road or signs of Woods trying to brake.
According to Villanueva, Woods’ vehicle hit the center divider, destroyed a wooden sign that read “Welcome to Rolling Hills Estates” and rolled over multiple times. After crossing the two southbound lanes, the truck struck a sidewalk and a tree before settling several hundred feet from the highway. His vehicle narrowly missed colliding with a utility pole.
Weather was not a factor, according to Villanueva, and authorities did not immediately know how fast Woods was driving when he crashed. Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff Carlos Gonzalez said he sometimes pulls over people driving well over the speed limit in the 45 mph zone, where signs warn truck drivers to use higher speeds. low due to the steep incline.
Villanueva said there was no immediate evidence that Woods was damaged at the scene.
What was Woods’ condition when authorities found him?
Carlos Gonzalez gave details on how he found Tiger Woods in the accident.
Gonzalez initially arrived at the scene and found Woods struggling to get out of his truck. He said Woods was wearing a seatbelt and was conscious and alert.
“I spoke with him. I asked him what his name was. He told me his name was Tiger and at that moment I recognized him immediately,” Gonzalez said during the press conference.
Gonzalez said Woods was able to answer questions about what day it was and where it was.
“Tiger was able to speak lucidly to me,” Gonzalez said, adding that Woods seemed “incredibly calm,” probably because he was in shock.
Due to the damage to the front of the vehicle and the fact that the truck was lying on its side, first responders had to pull Woods out of the car through the windshield. Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby said first responders used a crowbar and ax to remove the windshield and carry Woods to safety.
Villanueva noted that the airbags deployed and the truck’s cabin was still intact, giving Woods a “cushion to survive the crash.”
“I will say that it is very fortunate that Mr. Woods was able to come out of this alive,” Gonzalez said.
Gonzales said Woods was unable to stand on his own, so first responders removed him from the scene on a dash. Woods was alert enough to ask first responders to call his manager to retrieve his golf clubs and luggage.
Villanueva said it would take officers “days or several weeks” to complete their investigation into the accident. They were retrieving video from traffic cameras to determine if another car or animal caused Woods’ car to roll off the road. Data can also be extracted from the car’s computer system to determine how fast Woods was driving at the time of the accident.
Why was Woods in Los Angeles?
Woods made an appearance, but did not play over the weekend at the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. His foundation helps organize and host the tournament.
Woods remained in the Los Angeles area to film shots and scenes for GolfTV, owned by Discovery, a broadcast entity in which he is involved. In a statement, GolfTV said that Woods was filming instructions on the course for a series.
On Monday, he worked with actor David Spade, former NBA player Dwyane Wade and actress Jada Pinkett Smith at Rolling Hills Country Club. Woods was scheduled to work with Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees in another session Tuesday. He was apparently on his way to Rolling Hills Country Club from a nearby resort when he crashed.
Can Tiger recover from his injuries to get back on the field?
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It’s too early to tell, but he’s certainly facing a long and arduous recovery from his injuries. He was already dealing with debilitating back injuries. On December 23, he underwent his fifth back procedure to relieve pain and discomfort.
During a television interview with CBS announcer Jim Nantz during the final round of Sunday’s Genesis Invitational, Woods said he expected to play in the Masters in April. He is a five-time winner of the event, the most recent in 2019.
“God, I hope so. I have to get there first,” Woods said in the interview. “A lot of this is based on my surgeons, doctors and therapist and making sure I do it correctly. This is the only support I have; I don’t have much more leeway.”
Woods’ last official outing was at the 2020 Masters, which was played last November after being postponed from his typical April date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He tied for 38th place. Woods is ranked 50th in the world rankings after playing only nine times during the 2020 season. In December, at his last public golf event, the PNC Championship, Woods played with his 12-year-old son. years, Charlie, before having his last back surgery.