Tiger Woods does not remember the accident that left him with a shattered right leg this week — and was unaware of how urgent his situation was when the first deputy arrived at the scene, according to reports. Woods, 45, was injured in a one-car crash at 7:12 a.m. PST on Tuesday when his Genesis GV80 rolled over on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, California, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
“At the hospital, he was asked about it by the investigators and he had no recollection of the crash itself,” LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told media outlets.
The golfer was hurrying to a nearby country club to meet a pair of NFL quarterbacks for a televised golf lesson when he crashed early on Tuesday.
He lost control of a borrowed SUV while travelling at high speed on a steep, winding road through a suburb of south Los Angeles.
Sheriff’s Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, who arrived first at the scene, told NBC News that on Wednesday that the golfing legend was calm, but appeared to be unaware of how badly he was hurt.
“I don’t think he was aware of how gravely he was injured at the time. It could be a mixture of adrenaline, it could’ve been shock,” Gonzalez said.
The superstar golfer suffered “significant orthopaedic injuries” to his lower right leg that were treated with emergency surgery in which a rod was inserted into his tibia, according to Anish Mahajan, the chief medical officer and interim CEO at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
Screws and pins were also used to treat injuries to his foot and ankle, Mahajan said in the statement.
The statement by Mahajan said Woods suffered “comminuted open fractures affecting the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula bones.” He also had “trauma to the muscle and soft tissue of the leg requiring the surgical release of the covering of the muscles to relieve pressure due to swelling,” Mahajan said.