Just a few days after conducting an interview during CBS’ coverage of the Genesis Open, Tiger Woods was involved in a single-vehicle, roll-over crash in California, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Per a police statement, the LASD responded to the crash around 7:12 a.m. PT on February 23 “on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes,” after a car had crashed at Blackhorse Road.
Woods was the lone person in the car, which the LASD said had “sustained major damage,” and Woods was removed from the wreck with the “jaws of life” by firefighters and paramedics before being transported to a local hospital.
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In a statement to Golf Digest, Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg said that Woods suffered “multiple leg injuries” in the crash, just a few months after the golfer had undergone back surgery ahead of the 2021 Masters.
“He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support,” Steinberg said on the afternoon of February 23.
Around 12:30 a.m. ET on February 24, Woods’ team released a statement through his Twitter account, laying out details of the crash and his injuries.
Dr. Anish Mahajan of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center said that Woods suffered “significant” injuries to his right leg that were “treated during emergency surgery.””
“Comminuted open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula bones were stabilized by inserting a rod into the tibia,” Mahajan said. “Additional injuries to the bones of the foot and ankle were stabilized 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.”
Woods’ team said Woods was awake and responsive, and was recovering in his hospital room as of the morning on February 24.
“We thank everyone for the overwhelming support and messages during this tough time,” his team wrote. “There are no further updated at this time and we continue to thank you for your well-wishes and privacy for him and his family.”
Woods’ team released an update on the night of February 26, saying that Woods had been moved to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for follow-up procedures on his injures.
“The procedures were successful, and he is now recovering and in good spirits,” Woods’ team wrote. “Tiger and his family want to thank you all for the wonderful support and messages they have received over the past few days. We will not have any further updates at this time.”