Justin Thomas ‘sick to my stomach’, Bryson DeChambeau ‘heartbroken and shocked’, while Gareth Bale sends his ‘thoughts and prayers’ – stars of the sporting world left stunned at the news of Tiger Woods’ car crash
- Sport stars from around the world have shown their support for Tiger Woods
- Woods is undergoing surgery for non life-threatening injuries after a car crash
- Justin Rose, Ian Poulter and Gareth Bale are among those showing support
Sport stars from around the world have shown their support for golf great Tiger Woods after his car crash in Los Angeles in the early hours of Tuesday.
The golfing legend is undergoing surgery for ‘multiple leg injuries’ that include a compound fracture and a shattered ankle after crashing his car while on his way to an LA golf course to film for GolfTV on Tuesday.
The 45-year-old golfer was driving alone near Rancho Palos Verdes when his Genesis GV80 flipped over at 7.12am.
Sport stars from around the world have shown their support for golf great Tiger Woods
Woods is undergoing surgery for non life-threatening injuries following a car crash on Tuesday
World No 1 golfer Justin Thomas said that he was ‘sick to his stomach’ after hearing news of the accident.
He tweeted: ‘Sick to my stomach right now. Praying for @tigerwoods and hoping for an amazing recovery. Thinking about his entire family and team, as all of us are sending our best wishes. We know TW is a fighter. Get well soon’
Bryson DeChambeau, ranked 10th in the PGA standings, tweeted: ‘Heartbroken and shocked to hear about @tigerwoods accident today. My thoughts and prayers are with him for a full recovery.’
Former PGA Major Tournament winner Phil Mickelson tweeted: ‘We are all pulling for you, Tiger. 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.’
Justin Rose tweeted: ‘Just seen the awful news. We know how tough you are, we’ve seen it a hundred times. Hoping and praying you’re ok my friend.’
Golfer Ian Poulter also showed his support for Woods, tweeting: ‘Thoughts are with @tigerwoods and others involved, wishing a speedy recovery and I hope the injuries are not bad.’
Tottenham star Gareth Bale, who is well known for his love of golf, tweeted: ‘Sending my thoughts and prayers to @tigerwoods. Get well soon champ’
Firefighters had to use a device known as the ‘jaws of life’ to break open the car and rescue Woods.
But LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva revealed Woods ‘was alive and conscious’ at the scene.
He was taken by ambulance to the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center where he is now undergoing surgery to correct ‘multiple injuries’ on his legs, his agent Mark Steinberg said in a statement shortly after the crash.
‘Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident this morning in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries.
‘He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support,’ Steinberg said.