Tiger Woods was injured in a roll-over car accident on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Woods fractured portions of both his upper and lower tibia and fibula, as well as his right ankle and foot. There was speculation of drinking and driving. However, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated he was not drinking. It was purely an accident. Woods has undergone emergency surgery and is currently awake, responsive, and recovering.
“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,” said Tiger’s agent Mark Steinberg on Golf Digest’s Daniel Rapaport.
LA law enforcement told the LA Times that Woods was the driver and the only one in the vehicle. He was speeding and lost control of the car before crossing the center median.
“Fortunately, Mr. Woods was able to come out of this alive,” said deputy Carlos Ortiz on Golf Channel’s Brently Romney. Ortiz was the first to arrive at the accident.
Deputy Ortiz also stated that Woods was “calm” when he first saw him and was wearing his seatbelt.
There was “no evidence of impairment,” according to the officers at the scene.
The vehicle was an SUV which was a courtesy car from the past weekend’s Genesis Invitational. It rolled over multiple times until it ended up 30 yards off the road.
The Genesis Invitational was hosted by Woods at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles the weekend before. He did not compete because he was recuperating from a back surgery he had suffered from in December.
Woods was on his way to do a two-day content shoot for Golf Digest and GOLF TV, which would feature celebrities receiving lessons from the 15-time major golf champion.
The sports world sent their thoughts and prayers to Tiger Woods. From golf players to various athletes and sports organizations sent their support.
“Barbara and I just heard about Tiger’s accident, and like everyone else, we are deeply concerned. We want to offer him our heartfelt support and prayers at this difficult time. Please join us in wishing Tiger a successful surgery and all the best for a full recovery,” said retired professional golfer Jack Nicklaus on Twitter.
“Praying for my brother Tiger Woods as we all anxiously await more news,” said baseball player Alex Rodriguez on Twitter.
“Our thoughts are with you,” said the Las Vegas Raiders on Twitter.
“We all are very appreciative and supportive of what Tiger has done for us, but right now, that’s so far from our minds, and I thought Rory Mcllroy said it well when he said that we’re just lucky and appreciative that his kids didn’t lose their father,” said professional golf player Phil Mickelson on Tee Scripts.
Tiger Woods has been through many injuries; there is hope he will return for another PGA tour. Woods, at some point, was “hardly being able to walk” in the year 2017 but then became a Masters champion in 2019.
Woods’ team spoke on Wednesday, Feb. 24 stating the golf player was “awake, responsive, and recovering in his hospital room.”
On Sunday, Feb. 28, an update about Wood’s condition was released, providing more details on his condition. Woods suffered significant orthopedic injuries to his lower right leg and ankle that were treated during emergency surgery. The procedures were successful, and he is now recovering.
Fellow professional golfers honored Wood’s by wearing his trademark red shirt and black pants during the final round of the Workday Championship golf tournament Sunday, Feb. 28.
Woods saw the tribute made by his fellow golfers and tweeted, “It is hard to explain how touching today was when I turned on the TV and saw all the red shirts. To every golfer and every fan, you are truly helping me get through this tough time.”