LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police on Wednesday tried to determine what caused Tiger Woods to break from a Southern California road in his sports car, crashed into a tree and fell on a hillside in a golf crash. serious injury.
Woods, 45, was removed from the wreckage by rescue crews and rushed by ambulance from the crash site Tuesday morning outside Los Angeles to nearby Harbor-UCLA Medical Center suffering from what his agent described as ” multiple leg injuries “.
A statement posted on Woods’s official Twitter account Tuesday night said he had undergone “long surgery” on his lower right leg and ankle and was “awake, responding and recovering in his hospital room”.
Complex fractures of his tibia and fibula – the two bones of his foot below the knee – were fixed with a rod and screws and pins were used to stabilize additional injuries to the leg and ankle, Dr. Anish Mahajan, chief physician of Harbor -UCLA, said in the tweet.
Mahajan also said that the injury to the muscle and other soft tissues of the foot “required surgical release of the muscle cover to relieve the pressure due to swelling”.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies who responded to the wreck found no immediate indication that Woods was under the influence of alcohol or drugs before losing control of his vehicle shortly after 7 p.m.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva, however, said the golf star, who was “clear” after the crash, appeared to be going faster than usual on a downhill, downhill road known to locals as dangerous. Weather was not considered a factor.
Video footage from the scene showed that the dark gray of the 2021 Genesis, Woods sports auxiliary vehicle, was badly crumpled and lying on its side near the bottom of the hillside, its windows were broken.
Woods’ injuries were not life-threatening, the sheriff said, but sports commentators had already speculated that the crash could end the career of the greatest golfer of his generation.
Woods is the only modern professional to have won all four major golf titles in a row, winning the US Open, the British Open and the PGA Championship in 2000 and the Masters title in 2001, an achievement known as the “Tiger Slam”.
But he suffered years of injuries and underwent multiple surgeries on both his back and knees.
Woods, one of the world’s most famous sports figures, was the only passenger in the car when he crashed near the suburban communities of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, the sheriff’s office said.
The vehicle turned opposite the main road divider into an opposite lane, hitting one side of the road, and a tree as it cared over an embankment, and “there were several overturns” before the SUV rested, Villanueva said.
Woods hosted the Genesis Invitational on the PGA Tour at the Riviera Country Club at the weekend, but did not play due to a back injury. The wrecked sports car bears the name Genesis Invitational on its doors.
She was spotted at the Rolling Hills Country Club on Monday with actress Jada Pinkett Smith, retired basketball star Dwyane Wade and comedian David Spade.
Golf Digest reported that Woods was filmed on a TV show where he was giving instruction during classes to the three celebrities and was set to resume filming on Tuesday.
Woods topped the golf world rankings for a total of 683 weeks, winning 14 major league titles from 1997 to 2008. His 15 major titles are in second place after Jack Nicklaus’ record 18.
(Report by Dan Whitcomb; Edited by Peter Rutherford)