Tiger Woods' Team Says He's "Responsive and Recovering" After Surgery

In a statement shared to his Twitter account late on Feb. 23, Tiger Woods' team provided an update on his surgical procedure following his car crash.

By Ryan Gajewski Feb 24, 2021 6:14 AMTags
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Tiger Woods' team shared an update on his health following his car crash that occurred on the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 23.

According to a statement posted to the golfer's Twitter account, Tiger underwent a lengthy procedure on his right leg and ankle, and he is currently awake and recovering. 

"We thank everyone for the overwhelming support and messages during this tough time," the statement read. "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 post quoted Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Chief Medical Officer and Interim CEO Anish Mahajan, who explained that Tiger "suffered significant orthopaedic injuries to his right lower extremity." 

This included open fractures to his tibia and fibula bones that required the insertion of a rod, injuries to the foot and angle treated with screws and pins, and trauma to his muscle and soft tissue necessitating release of the muscular covering. 

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"He is currently awake, responsive, and recovering in his hospital room," the statement continued. "Thank you to the wonderful doctors and hospital staff at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, and the Fire Department. Your support and assistance has been outstanding."

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department had confirmed earlier in the day that the 45-year-old athlete was involved in a single vehicle roll-over traffic collision between the California cities of Rolling Hills Estate and Rancho Palos Verdes at roughly 7:12 a.m.

Lt. Michael White previously told E! News that Tiger's injuries are "non-life threatening." The LASD Lomita Station, which responded to the incident, is handling the ongoing investigation. 

During a press conference following the crash, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the golfer's vehicle, a 2021 Genesis Tiger, was likely moving at a "relatively greater speed than normal" on a downward-sloping road known for a "high frequency of accidents." 

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