Tiger Woods Faces Tough Recovery From Leg Injuries Sustained In Car Crash
Written by Black Voices on February 24, 2021
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a profession full of exceptional comebacks, Tiger Woods faces his hardest restoration of all.
Woods was driving by way of a sweeping, downhill stretch of street by way of coastal suburbs of Los Angeles when his SUV struck an indication, crossed over a raised median and two oncoming lanes earlier than it toppled down an embankment, coming to a halt on its aspect.
The airbags deployed. A sheriff’s deputy poked his head by way of a gap within the windshield to see Woods, nonetheless carrying his seatbelt, sitting within the driver’s seat.
The crash prompted “important” accidents all down his proper leg that featured rods, pins and screws throughout what was described as a “lengthy surgical process” at Harbor-UCLA Medical Heart.
Anish Mahajan, the chief medical officer, mentioned Woods shattered tibia and fibula bones on his proper leg in a number of areas. These have been stabilized by a rod within the tibia. He mentioned a mixture of screws and pins have been used to stabilize further accidents within the ankle and foot.
A press release on his Twitter account mentioned he was awake, responsive and recovering.
“I’ll say that it’s very lucky that Mr. Woods was capable of come out of this alive,” mentioned Carlos Gonzalez, the deputy from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division who was the primary on the scene after a neighbor referred to as 911.
“As if his physique hasn’t endured sufficient,” Jon Rahm, the No. 2 participant on this planet, mentioned from the Workday Championship in Florida. “I simply hope he can get out of the hospital after restoration and he can nonetheless play along with his children and have a standard life.”
The only-car crash was the newest setback for Woods, who at instances has appeared unstoppable on the golf course along with his 15 main championships and record-tying 82 victories on the PGA Tour. He’s among the many most recognizable sports activities figures on this planet, and at 45 with a lowered schedule from 9 earlier surgical procedures, stays golf’s greatest draw.
He received the 2008 U.S. Open with shredded knee ligaments and two stress fractures in his left leg. His private life imploded on Thanksgiving weekend in 2009 when he was caught having a number of extramarital affairs, and he returned to win his 11th award as PGA Tour participant of the yr and attain No. 1.
After which after 4 again surgical procedures that stored him out of golf for the higher a part of two years, he received the Masters in April 2019 for the fifth time, a victory that ranks among the many nice comebacks within the sport.
Now it’s now not a matter of when he performs once more — the Masters is seven weeks away — but when he performs once more.
No costs have been filed, and police mentioned there was no proof he was impaired.
Woods was in Los Angeles over the weekend because the match host of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Nation Membership. Monday and Tuesday had been put aside for Discovery-owned GOLFTV for Woods to offer taking part in tricks to celebrities. A tweet Monday confirmed him in a cart at Rolling Hills Nation Membership with comic David Spade. He additionally labored with NBA nice Dwyane Wade, who posted a video to his Instagram account.
Woods was headed to Rolling Hills on Tuesday when the accident occurred.
“It was an excellent day,” Wade mentioned Tuesday evening on Turner Sports activities, the place he’s a studio analyst. “And I awakened in the present day so proud to have the ability to publish that second for the world, like somewhat snippet of our second collectively. And I took a nap, and I woke as much as the information. So, you recognize, similar to everyone on the market, my ideas and prayers are all to his family members.”
Ideas and prayers have come from in every single place — Jack Nicklaus and Michael Jordan, Mike Tyson, and former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump. Woods performed golf with each of them, and Trump awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2019 after maybe his nice triumph — the Masters after he had gone by way of 4 again surgical procedures.
Woods had a fifth again surgical procedure, a microdiscectomy, on Dec. 23, simply three days after he performed the PNC Championship along with his son Charlie, who now’s 12. Woods additionally has a 13-year-old daughter, Samantha.
The information put a damper on the World Golf Championship in Florida, the place Woods was eligible to play if wholesome.
“I’m sick to my abdomen,” mentioned Justin Thomas, No. three on this planet and among the many youthful gamers whom Woods has embraced. “It hurts to see certainly one of my closest pals get in an accident. Man, I simply hope he’s all proper.”
The crash occurred about 7:15 a.m. as he drove his courtesy car from the Genesis Invitational by way of the upscale suburbs. Gonzalez says he generally catches folks topping 80 mph (129 kph) within the 45 mph zone and crashes are frequent.
Police mentioned Woods was alert as firefighters pried open the entrance windshield to get him out. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva mentioned the airbags deployed and the within of the SUV stayed largely intact, which “gave him a cushion to outlive the crash.”
Authorities mentioned they checked for any odor of alcohol or different indicators he was underneath the affect of a substance and located none. They didn’t say how briskly he was driving.
That is the third time Woods has been concerned in a automobile investigation. Probably the most infamous was the early morning after Thanksgiving in 2009, when his SUV ran over a fireplace hydrant and hit a tree. That was the beginning of surprising revelations that he had been dishonest on his spouse with a number of girls.
In Could 2017, Florida police discovered him asleep behind the wheel of a automobile parked awkwardly on the aspect of the street. He was arrested on a DUI cost and mentioned he had an sudden response to prescription medication for his again ache. Woods later pleaded responsible to reckless driving and checked right into a clinic to get assist with prescription medicine and a sleep problem.
Woods hasn’t received because the Zozo Championship in Japan in fall 2019, and he’s lowered his taking part in schedule in recent times due to accidents. Apart from his 5 again surgical procedures, he’s had 4 surgical procedures on his left knee.
He was requested throughout the CBS broadcast Sunday at Riviera about recovering from his again surgical procedure in time to play the Masters and Woods replied, “God, I hope so. I’ve obtained to get there first.”
Ferguson reported from Jacksonville, Florida. AP Basketball Author Tim Reynolds reported from Miami.
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