Woods 'awake, responsive' after car wreck surgery

More details are emerging over the extent of injuries suffered by Tiger Woods, following his major car accident on Tuesday.

In a statement posted on the golf icon’s Twitter account Woods needed to have fractures of his tibia and fibula bones stabilized with a rod.

Screws and pins also had to be used for other injuries to his foot and ankle.

It goes on to add that the 45-year-old was awake, responsive, and recovering after surgery at Harbor UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.

It was not immediately clear what effect the accident might have on his career.

Woods was already out of golf action, even before this latest accident, when his car careened off a road and rolled down a hillside early Tuesday morning.

He'd been hosting the PGA tour's annual Genesis Invitational at the nearby Riviera Country Club over the weekend, although he did not compete.

Woods had a fifth back surgery in December and was quoted only last weekend as saying he was hopeful of playing in April’s Masters in Augusta - a tournament he’s won five times and the scene of his incredible comeback victory in 2019.

Messages and tributes have been posted on social media from a host of sporting well wishers.

Fellow major winning golfer Phil Mickelson wrote "We are all pulling for you. We are so sorry that you and your family are going through this tough time. Everyone hopes and prays for your full and speedy recovery."

Another former champion Ernie Els said of Els “We've been friends a very long time, obviously I'm concerned for his well being. He's always been a fighter and I hope he fully recovers very soon."