The Legendary Golfer Tiger Woods was recovering in hospital on Wednesday after surgery for serious leg and ankle injuries sustained in a car crash that have raised fears for the 45-year-old’s career.
The 45-year-old was driving Tuesday in Rancho Palos Verdes, near Los Angeles, shortly after 7 a.m. PT when his SUV crossed a median and veered across two lanes of road before hitting a curb, hitting a tree and landing on its side in the brush, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Tuesday.
Woods underwent surgery to repair “significant orthopedic injuries” to his lower right leg and ankle, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center chief medical officer Anish Mahajan said.
This included the insertion of a rod into Woods’s shin bone and the use of “a combination of screws and pins” to stabilize his foot and ankle.
The statement was also posted on Woods’s Twitter account, his representatives said he was “currently awake, responsive, and recovering in his hospital room.”
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) February 24, 2021
“A reckless driving charge has a lot of elements into it, this is purely an accident,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told reporters.
There no evidence Woods was impaired by drugs or alcohol, he added.
“He was not drunk,” he said on Wednesday. “We can throw that one out.”
Yesterday US President Barrack Obama sent “prayers” to Tiger Woods, tweeting “Sending my prayers to @TigerWoods and his family tonight—here’s to a speedy recovery for the GOAT of golf.
Sending my prayers to @TigerWoods and his family tonight—here’s to a speedy recovery for the GOAT of golf. If we’ve learned anything over the years, it’s to never count Tiger out.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 24, 2021
The crash comes just two months after the golfing phenomenon underwent his fifth back operation.
Though fellow golf professionals have acknowledged that Woods’ health and his family are the most important things to consider at this time, they are also not counting him out.
“He’s not Superman,” four-time major champion Rory McIlroy said ahead of a tournament in Florida Wednesday.
“He’s a human being at the end of the day. And he’s already been through so much.
“At this stage I think everyone should just be grateful that he’s here, that he’s alive, that his kids haven’t lost their dad,” added the Northern Irishman.
World No. 2 John Rahm said he hoped Woods would be able to play golf and win more tournaments.
And that he would be able to then have a proper retirement, by standing on the iconic Swilcan Bridge in St. Andrew’s Golf Course in Scotland “and just being able to properly say goodbye to the game.”