Tiger Woods has thanked people for their support and said he is in “good spirits” after he suffered serious injuries in a car crash in Los Angeles on Tuesday and was pulled from the wreckage by firefighters.
The golf icon was taken to hospital for surgery on “multiple leg injuries” and police said he is “lucky to be alive”.
On Friday, a statement issued on his behalf said: “Tiger and his family want to thank you all for the wonderful support and messages they have received over the past few days.”
Police are now investigating what caused Woods to swerve off the Southern California road in his sport utility vehicle, before colliding with a tree and rolling down a hillside in a crash that left him a fractured right leg and shattered ankle.
Here is everything we know about the crash.
Woods was driving towards the Riviera Country Club in west Los Angeles on Tuesday morning where he had last weekend been hosting the Genesis Open golf tournament.
He was supposed to be attending day two of a photoshoot at the club on behalf of the sponsors. But Woods did not make the appointment.
At 7.12am (3.12pm in the UK) Woods’ 4×4 car – a $100,000 Genesis GV80, which was provided for his use by the sponsors – crashed on Hawthorne Boulevard in Ranchos Palos Verdes, a district south of LA.
The crash occurred near the hilly Palos Verdes peninsula, which is at the bottom of a steep stretch of road which has runaway truck ramps for vehicles that lose control going downhill, and is notorious for fatal accidents.