PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Tiger Woods available on the trophy presentation ceremony after the ultimate spherical of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club on February 21, 2021 in Pacific Palisades, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Harry How / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)
Golf legend Tiger Woods was recovering in hospital on Wednesday after surgical procedure for critical leg accidents sustained in a automotive crash which have raised fears for the 45-year-old’s profession.
Law enforcement officers stated the 15-time main champion, who has been suffering from harm lately, was fortunate to outlive the accident through which his automotive rolled a number of instances.
Woods was driving alone in a Los Angeles suburb on a street infamous for deadly accidents when his SUV crashed on Tuesday morning, with firefighters and paramedics having to chop him out of the wreckage.
The automobile pushed (R backside) by golfer Tiger Woods lies on its aspect in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on February 23, 2021, after a rollover accident. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP)
Woods, the only real occupant, was faraway from the wreckage by firefighters and paramedics, and suffered “multiple leg injuries,” his agent stated in an announcement to US media. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP)
His representatives stated in an announcement on Woods’s Twitter account late Tuesday that the golfer, one of many biggest of all time, was “currently awake, responsive, and recovering in his hospital room.”
In the identical assertion, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center chief medical officer Anish Mahajan stated Woods underwent surgical procedure to restore “significant orthopedic injuries” to his decrease proper leg and ankle.
This included the insertion of a rod into his shin bone and using “a combination of screws and pins” to stabilize his foot and ankle, the assertion learn.
Woods lately underwent his fifth again operation and has had three procedures on his knee throughout a profession that has additionally seen him bounce again from high-profile scandal in his private life.
In 2019, he accomplished an astonishing comeback from 4 again operations between 2014 and 2017 to win the Masters, his first main title since 2008.
News of his newest accidents has forged doubt on Woods’s capability to compete on the prime stage once more.
“If he does come back to be a golfer again then I think that would be quite extraordinary,” six-time main winner Nick Faldo stated Wednesday.
The Englishman added that he thought Woods would first should give attention to rebuilding his physique and that enjoying competitively “is possibly a long way down the line.”
Faldo stated Woods’s age made it much more troublesome.
“It’s tough enough playing at 45 when you’re playing against kids that are 25,” Faldo informed CBS.
“But after going through this, all we can do is pray for him and hope that he finds a way to rebuild himself.”
No different automobiles or passengers had been concerned within the crash, which occurred on a steep stretch of street referred to as an accident hotspot, the place Woods was touring at “a greater speed than normal,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva stated Tuesday.
Woods didn’t seem like underneath the affect of medicine or alcohol throughout the early-morning incident, he added.
Villanueva stated investigators would decide if Woods might have been utilizing a cellphone whereas driving or was in any other case distracted in any means.
“Apparently the first contact was with the center median, and from there (the car) crossed into the opposing lane of traffic, hit the curb, hit a tree, and there was several rollovers during that process,” stated Villanueva.
He didn’t say what precipitated the crash.
The automotive ended up a number of hundred toes from the preliminary affect, mendacity on its aspect on a patch of grass a long way off the street, with its hood badly broken.
Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, the primary officer to reach on the scene, stated it was “very fortunate that Mr. Woods was able to come out of this alive.”
Gonzalez discovered Woods trapped in his automobile however acutely aware, showing “calm and lucid” and capable of determine himself to the deputy as “Tiger.”
“It is my understanding that he had serious injuries to both legs,” stated Los Angeles County hearth chief Daryl Osby.
(FILES) In this file picture US golfer Tiger Woods smiles whereas chatting with the press on the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland on June 24, 2014.(Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)
Woods was within the Los Angeles space for his annual Genesis Invitational golf match on the Riviera Country Club, and was driving a courtesy automotive on the morning of the crash.
The crash occurred close to the hilly Palos Verdes peninsula, on the backside of a stretch of street which has runaway truck ramps for drivers who lose management going downhill.
The part has turn into infamous for deadly accidents through the years.
News of the crash unfold quickly across the sports activities world and past, with figures inside and outdoors golf swift to ship their greatest needs.
“Sending my prayers to @TigerWoods and his family tonight — here’s to a speedy recovery for the GOAT of golf,” stated former US president Barack Obama.
Woods was probably the most revered athletes on this planet when in November 2009, he smashed his automotive right into a tree and a fireplace hydrant exterior his luxurious Florida house, sparking a sequence of scandalous revelations that doomed his marriage and put his recreation in freefall.
He later divorced from his Swedish spouse Elin Nordegren after a cascade of ladies got here ahead to say that they had affairs with the golfer, making him fodder for tabloids all over the world.
In May 2017, he was arrested close to his house for being asleep on the wheel of his automotive in a visitors lane. Woods stated he had taken prescribed drugs and pleaded responsible to reckless driving.
He is the winner of 82 US PGA titles, stage with Sam Snead for the all-time document.
Woods stays three main victories shy of the benchmark of 18 set by Jack Nicklaus.