A Doctor Describes Tiger Woods’s ‘Significant’ Leg Injuries

The golfer suffered compound fractures that required rods, screws, and pins to repair

UPDATE, FEB. 24—Tiger Woods is reportedly “awake, responsive, and recovering” after his frightening car accident near Rolling Hills Estates yesterday, during which the golfer sustained compound fractures to his right leg. According to a statement from Dr. Anish Mahajan at UCLA-Harbor Medical Center, Woods suffered “significant orthopedic injuries to his right lower extremity that were treated during emergency surgery.” Mahajan describes the injuries, saying, “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.”

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is reportedly investigating the cause of the crash, although they’ve determined that weather wasn’t a factor. Likewise, they don’t suspect that Woods was under the influence. Locals tell TMZ that the stretch of roadway where Woods’s accident took place is known for being perilous.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23—PGA golf star Tiger Woods, 45, had to be pried from a car with the jaws of life this morning after a single-car, roll-over crash near Rancho Palos Verdes. According to a statement from Woods’s agent, Mark Steinberg, Woods suffered “multiple leg injuries” and was undergoing surgery.

Woods was reportedly the sole occupant of the car, which was traveling north on Hawthorne Boulevard at Blackhorse Road when he crashed just after 7 a.m. The vehicle sustained major damage, and Woods had to be extricated from the by Los Angeles County firefighters and paramedics, sheriff’s officials said.

“The vehicle sustained major damage,” LASD said in a statement. He was transported to a local hospital by ambulance, where he is being treated for his injuries.

According to Golf Digest, Woods was in L.A. for a shoot with the magazine. Yesterday, he was seen in photos on social media playing golf at Rolling Hills Country Club with celebs including Dwyane Wade and David Spade.

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