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Tiger Woods, a 15-time major champion and winner of a record-tying 82 PGA Tour tournaments, was seriously injured in a car wreck in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Woods was involved in a single-car accident just after 10 a.m. on Tuesday about 30 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. Woods was the sole occupant of a 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV at the time of the wreck.
Woods, 45, underwent several hours of emergency surgery to repair what doctors called “significant orthopedic injuries” to his lower right leg and ankle. In a statement posted to Tiger’s Twitter account at 12:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Dr. Anish Mahajan, the chief medical officer and interim CEO of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, said Woods suffered comminuted open fractures — bones that were broken into more than two pieces and with breaks in the skin — in the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula of his right leg.
Weather was not a factor, according to Villanueva, and authorities didn’t immediately know how fast Woods was driving when he crashed. L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy Carlos Gonzalez said he sometimes stops people driving well over the speed limit in the 45 mph zone, where signs warn truck drivers to use lower gears because of the steep grade.
Villanueva said there was no immediate evidence that Woods was impaired at the scene. It’s too early to say if he will be back on the course soon, but he faces a long recovery from his injuries. He was dealing with back injuries prior to this incident. On Dec. 23, he underwent his fifth back procedure to alleviate pain and discomfort.