Tiger Woods was transferred from Harbor-UCLA to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a hospital located in West Hollywood (Los Angeles County, California), "to continue orthopedic care and recovery."
Tiger Woods, the situation
This was announced by Anish Mahajan Chief Medical Officer and interim CEO of the hospital where the golf champion was operated on for serious leg injuries after a bad car accident.
The former number 1 on the men's "green" underwent surgery to repair significant orthopedic injuries to his right leg and ankle. Alex Villanueva, Los Angeles County Sheriff, said thar "Tiger Woods wasn't drunk, it was just an accident"
Investigators found no evidence that the golf champion was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Deputy Sheriff Carlos Gonzalez, the first to arrive at the scene of the accident, often patrols the road and said he surprised people who exceed 129 km/ h, and that accidents are common.
Even Justin King, a California-based personal injury attorney, said that if investigators prove the road is unsafe and therefore contributed to the Woods accident, the council that controls it could be held responsible. The incident occurred on the border between the Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes communities, and the county supervisor representing the area requested a safety review.
Meanwhile Villanueva added that investigators may request a Woods blood sample to definitively rule out drugs and alcohol. In addition, the option of asking for search warrants for the cell phone of the US star and checking if he was distracted at the time of the crash is considered, as well as data from the car's black box, which would provide information on the speed of the car.
Few days ago, Tiger Woods said he's didn't know when he would return from a fifth back surgery, and he could not give a definitive answer Sunday when asked if he would be at the Masters. "God, I hope so", Woods on the CBS broadcast of The Genesis Invitational.
Woods, at Riviera to hand out the trophy as the tournament host, had a microdiscectomy Dec. 23. It was the fifth surgery on his back, and the first since a procedure to fuse his lower spine in April 2017. "I'm feeling fine.
I'm a little bit stiff. I have one more MRI scheduled so that we'll see if the annulus (fibrosus) is scarred over finally and see if I can start doing more activities. But still in the gym, still doing the mundane stuff that you have to do for rehab, the little things before I can start gravitating towards something a little more"
Woods had not played since he joined 11-year-old Charlie at the PNC Challenge a few days before his surgery. "I don't know what the plan is", he said when asked if he would try to play before the Masters.