Shortly after 7:00 a.m. on February 23, 2021 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, just outside of Los Angeles, Tiger Woods suffered multiple “comminated open fractures” to his upper and lower portions of his tibia and fibula in his right leg in a single-car accident. A comminated open fracture is where a bone breaks in two pieces and pierces through the skin. He also sustained damage to his ankle bones and some trauma to the muscle and soft tissues of his leg.
Woods was rushed to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center after being found unconscious by first responders just minutes after the accident occurred. The noticeably lengthy emergency surgery and procedure Woods underwent included a rod being inserted into his tibia, and screws and pins being placed into the foot and ankle for stabilization.
‘It’s very fortunate that Mr. Woods was able to come out of this alive,” said Carlos Gonzalez, an L.A. County Sheriff’s Department deputy who was one of the first on the scene.
According to the sheriff’s department, there was no evidence of impairment though it is believed his 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV was traveling at a “high-speed.”
As Woods is a worldwide known athlete, the world was stunned late that Tuesday afternoon when the news broke.
“I was shocked, I saw the pictures on the news and my first thought was he would be seriously injured and would probably never play golf again,” said junior girls golf team member Ella Taylor.
Woods, 45, was on his way to do a two-day content shoot with Golf Digest/GOLFTV after serving as tournament host for the Genesis Invitational, a PGA TOUR event. The shoot was planned to be with other professional athletes and celebrities for some playing lessons. Woods would not have been able to play though, as he was still recovering from his fifth back procedure.
“I think it will definitely be a shock for everyone knowing that one of the best players might never play again,” said Taylor.