On Tuesday morning, Tiger Woods was involved in a single-car accident in California and hospitalized with serious injuries. Late Tuesday night, Woods’ team posted a statement on the golfer’s social media accounts confirming the accident and the nature of Woods’ significant injuries.
“We thank everyone for the overwhelming support and messages during this tough time, ” the statement begins. “As previously communicated, Tiger was involved in a single-car accident earlier this morning in California. He has undergone a long surgical procedure on his lower right leg and ankle after being brought to the hospital.”
The message also included a statement by Anish Mahajan, MD, Chief Medical Officer & Interim CEO at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, detailing the injuries Tiger suffered in the wreck and the surgeries required to stabilize his condition. According to Dr. Mahajan, Woods “suffered significant orthopedic injuries to his right lower extremity that were treated during emergency surgery.” The injuries included “comminuted open fractures” in the tibia and fibula, requiring a rod to be inserted into the leg.
Here is Dr. Mahajan’s complete statement on Tiger’s condition:
“Mr. Woods suffered significant orthopedic injuries to his right lower extremity that were treated during emergency surgery by Orthopedic trauma specialists at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, a level 1 trauma center. 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. 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.”
While the injuries are serious, Woods’ condition has stabilized, and “he is currently awake, responsive, and recovering in his hospital room,” according to the official statement.
You can read the full statement from Woods’ team below.