One day after Tiger Woods rolled his SUV down a hill in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, the details of Tiger’s injuries have come into full focus and it’s become very evident how serious the accident was.
It’s also obvious, and something confirmed by first the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department who arrived on the scene, that Tiger is lucky he survived the single car rollover.
There were two factors the Sheriff’s Department credited for Tiger not being killed. He was wearing his seat belt, and the 2021 Genesis SUV Tiger was driving also played a role in Tiger serving the force of the accident.
One fact that can’t be disputed is Tiger’s vehicle was traveling at what authorities have called “a high rate of speed.” That is what caused him to lose control of the vehicle before it crossed the center divider and rolled several times.
Tiger was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center where the chief medical officer, Dr. Anish Mahajan laid out in detail the extent of Tiger’s injuries, saying Tiger “suffered significant orthopedic injuries to his right lower extremity that were treated during emergency surgery.”
The damage to Tiger’s legs were substantial, as he suffered a compound fracture and shattered ankle that were repaired by doctors in a lengthy surgery on Tuesday.
Here’s how Dr. Mahajan explained it: “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. 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.”
Speculating on if this will mark the end of Tiger’s golf career can come much later and hopefully he is able to fully recover and get back to living his life.
The simple fact is Tiger is lucky he survived, and his tens of millions of his fans and admirers around the world are breathing a huge sigh of relief Wednesday, as we all hope for the very best for the sports and pop culture icon as he begins a long recovery.