Tiger Woods suffered serious injuries when he met with an accident on Tuesday near Los Angeles. He suffered injuries to both legs when his car flipped several times in a crash he was “very fortunate” to survive, a law enforcement official who found Woods said.
Woods had to undergo surgery to repair “significant orthopaedic injuries” to his lower right leg and ankle which also included the insertion of a rod into his tibia and the use of “a combination of screws and pins” to stabilize his foot and ankle, Harbour-UCLA Medical Center chief medical officer Anish Mahajan said in a statement released on the golfer’s Twitter account on Tuesday.
“He is currently awake, responsive, and recovering in his hospital room,” the Twitter statement read, it also mentioned that there would be no further updates, and thanking responders and well-wishers.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Woods didn’t appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the early-morning incident.
Apart from Woods’ vehicle, no other vehicle was involved in the accident which took place on a steep stretch of road known as an accident “hotspot,” where woods was travelling at “a greater speed than normal,” said the sheriff.
Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, the first officer to arrive at the scene said, “I will say that it’s very fortunate that Mr Woods was able to come out of this alive”.
The golfer was found by Gonzalez trapped in his vehicle but conscious, appearing “calm and lucid” and able to identify himself to the deputy as “Tiger”.
“It is my understanding that he had serious injuries to both legs,” said Los Angeles County fire chief Daryl Osby, describing Woods’ condition as “stable.”
The veteran golfer is one of the most successful golfers of all time with winning 15 major championships. He recently underwent his fifth back surgery and revealed he was uncertain if he would be able to compete in April’s Masters.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan 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”.