Tiger Woods Is Now Recovering From Major Surgery To His Leg, Ankle, And Foot
Yesterday, 45-year-old Tiger Woods had to be rescued after he was involved in a serious rollover car crash in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. At least one of Tiger’s legs was majorly fucked up in the crash and he had to go through surgery, involving pins, screws, and rods. Tiger is in the hospital where he’s awake and recovering as we learn a little more about what exactly happened.
TMZ says that just before 7 AM yesterday, Tiger left Terranea Resort, the Ranchos Palos Verdes resort he was staying in. The show Grown-ish was shooting at the resort, and a crew member told TMZ that Tiger seemed “agitated and impatient” and took off really fast, nearly hitting the director’s car. The reason for Tiger speeding out of that bitch was probably because he was scheduled to be at a GolfTV shoot at 7:30 AM. TMZ claims the shoot was at the Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades (which is about an hour drive from Terranea), but others, including ESPN, say the shoot was at the Rolling Hills Country Club, which is only twenty minutes from Terranea. Whatever the case may be, at 7:12 AM, a neighbor called 911 to report that a rollover accident happened on a curving portion of Hawthorne Ave.
L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva held a press conference on the crash yesterday and said that when officers arrived at the scene, Tiger, who was wearing a seatbelt, was struggling to get out of the SUV. He was the only one in the SUV and no other car was involved in the crash. Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, the first officer at the scene, said that Tiger is lucky to be alive and the airbags, which busted open, helped him survive. Tiger was driving a 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV. Tiger hosted the PGA Tour’s Genesis Invitational on Sunday, so obviously, the SUV was a loaner. Genesis is also getting some dark-sided good promo out of this because many say the SUV’s safety features, including 10 airbags, saved Tiger.
Sheriff Villaneuva added that the spot where Tiger crashed is a problem area for drivers. And he said that Tiger was going a “greater speed than normal” in the 45MPH zone, but as of right now, there’s no evidence that Tiger was drunk or high during the crash.
As for his injuries, Tiger’s right leg was in a bad, bad way and Orthopedic trauma specialists at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center operated on his leg, ankle, and foot. In a statement posted by Tiger Wood’s Twitter account, Dr. Anish Mahajan, the chief medical officer at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, said that Tiger suffered comminuted open fractures. Strangely enough, the med school classes I took as a child (read: watching episodes of General Hospital) didn’t teach me about what a comminuted open fracture is, so I had to Google that, and Google tells me it’s “a break or splinter of the bone into more than two fragments.” Dr. Mahajan went on to say how they stabilized Tiger’s leg:
“Mr Woods suffered significant orthopaedic injuries to his right lower extremity that were treated during emergency surgery by orthopaedic trauma specialists at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, a level 1 trauma center. Comminuted open fractures affecting the upper and lower of the tibia and fibula bones were stabilised by inserting a rod into the tibia. Additional injuries to the bones of the foot and ankle were stabilised with a combination of screws and pins. Trauma to the muscle and soft tissue of the leg required surgical release of the covering of the muscles to relieve pressure due to swelling.”
Here’s the tweet from Team Tiger:
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) February 24, 2021
Tiger survived the crash, but there are already a million “But Will Tiger Wood’s Career Survive?” pieces. Because Tiger’s body has been through it. Since 2017, he’s had five back surgeries with his latest surgery happening in December. On top of that, Tiger + Cars = Not A Fucking Good Combination. In 2009, Tiger crashed his Cadillac Escalade, just two days after The National Enquirer said he had been cheating on his wife Elin Nordegren with Rachel Uchitel. And in 2017, Tiger was arrested for DUI in Jupiter, FL when cops found him asleep at the wheel of a running car in the right lane. Five drugs (Vicodin, Dilaudid, Xanax, Ambien, and THC) were found in his system and he said he was taking the meds to deal with back pain and insomnia. Tiger pleaded guilty to reckless driving and was sentenced to community service and had to take a DUI course.
So if Tiger’s career can survive multiple back surgeries, a cheating scandal, a DUI, the backlash (not at all) from his attempted assassination of a duck, and Elin Nordegren chasing him out of their house with a golf club after finding out about his wandering peen antics, it can probably survive anything.