Golf star, Tiger Woods was reportedly involved in a single-car crash, from where he sustained a fracture affecting both the upper and lower parts of his right tibia and fibula bones.
According to Skysport, Woods agent, Mark Steinberg, confirmed the incident when he said “Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident this morning in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries. He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support”.
Woods has undergone surgery on his right leg and ankle after suffering multiple open fractures in the accident.
Woods was reported to be conscious and responsive when he was removed from the wreckage by the local fire department early on Tuesday morning before he was rushed to hospital in a “serious condition”.
Anish Mahajan, the chief medical officer and interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where Woods was taken to, said: “Open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the right tibia and fibula bones were stabilised by inserting a rod into the tibia. Additional injuries to the bones of the foot and ankle were stabilised with a combination of screws and pins
“Trauma to the muscle and soft tissue of the leg required surgical release of the covering of the muscles to relieve pressure due to swelling”, reports Skysport.
Woods is now “awake, responsive and recovering in his hospital room”, a statement on his Twitter page said.
The 15-time champion was said to be alone in the car when the accident happened along a two-lane road in Rancho Palos Verdes in Los Angeles County.
According to Golf Digest, Los Angeles County Sheriff, Alex Villanueva said Woods was driving at a “relatively greater speed than normal” when his vehicle crossed onto the wrong side of the road at approximately 7:12 a.m. before veering off the road entirely and onto a hillside, adding that there was “no obvious sign” that Woods was impaired by drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of the accident
The accident and Woods’ subsequent hospitalization have attracted lots of reactions as sympathy messages have been pouring in since the incident on Tuesday.
Discovery Golf, the parent company of Golf Digest and GOLFTV, with which Tiger Woods has a long-term partnership, issued a statement saying:
“Everyone at Discovery and Golf Digest wishes Tiger a speedy recovery and our thoughts are with him, his family, and his team at this time.”
World No. 3, Justin Thomas says he is ‘sick to his stomach” after hearing the news of Tiger Woods’ car accident.
Janet Jackson in her tweet said “sending thoughts and prayers to you, Tiger” while former US President, Barrack Obama said: