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Barack Obama Sends Prayers to Tiger Woods after He Was Involved in a Major Car Crash

Junie Sihlangu
Feb 24, 2021
07:30 A.M.

Professional Golf player Tiger Woods was recently involved in a car accident. One of the people who have wished him well via social media is former President Barack Obama.


On Tuesday morning Tiger Woods, 45, was involved in a car accident. The professional golf player sustained significant injuries, but it was reported that they weren’t life-threatening.

In a press conference by the Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, an update on the star’s health was given. It was said Woods was able to communicate and that he was awake.

President Barack Obama makes a statement after the shooting death of  Michael Brown at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on November 24, 2014, in Washington, DC. | Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Barack Obama makes a statement after the shooting death of Michael Brown at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on November 24, 2014, in Washington, DC. | Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

However, according to Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby, the professional golfer sustained injuries to both of his legs. The first responder on the scene of the accident was Deputy Carlos Gonzalez.

The deputy noted how the golfer’s state was when assistance first arrived. He said Woods wasn’t able to stand on his own using his own strength when Gonzalez arrived on the scene.


The athlete’s accident was a single-car incident that occurred in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. The eighty-two-time PGA Tour winner suffered serious injuries to his right leg and was hospitalized.

He underwent surgery after sustaining comminuted open fractures. The star’s lower and upper sections of his right leg sustained fractures, and he also had significant trauma to his ankle.


Former President Barack Obama has since sent his well wishes to the athlete. Taking to Twitter the day after the incident, the former president said he was sending his prayers to Woods, adding:

“Here’s to a speedy recovery for the GOAT of golf. If we’ve learned anything over the years, it’s to never count Tiger out.”

Woods was treated by orthopedic trauma specialists at the level one trauma center called the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. This was confirmed by the Chief Medical Officer & Interim CEO, Dr. Anish Mahajan.


At the time, Tiger Woods was in town to host The Genesis Invitational.

The golfer’s fractures of the fibula and tibia bones were stabilized with a rod's insertion into the tibia. His additional bone injuries to the foot and ankle would be stabilized with screws and pins.

The legendary golfer also needed surgical release for the trauma to the leg's soft tissue and muscles. The covering of the muscles was meant to “relieve pressure due to swelling."

Woods, who had his fifth back surgery in December 2020, is in recovery after his SUV rolled over while he was traveling northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard. At the time, he was in town to host The Genesis Invitational.

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