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Photo: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Tiger Woods underwent emergency surgery to repair damage to his right leg and ankle, after he was involved in a single-vehicle accident on Tuesday in which his SUV ran off the road.

What we know: The golf star "is currently awake, responsive and recovering in his hospital room" at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, according to a late-night statement from his team.

What they're saying: Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a Wednesday press conference Wednesday the crash was "purely an accident" and that no criminal charges will be filed against Woods, according to the Los Angeles Times.

  • Anish Mahajan, the hospital's chief medical officer and interim CEO, said Woods had comminuted fractures (i.e. the bone broke into more than two fragments) affecting the upper and lower portions of his right tibia and fibula.
  • The bones were stabilized by inserting a rod into the tibia, and additional injuries to the foot and ankle bones were stabilized using pins and screws, added Mahajan.
Photo: Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The crash: The incident happened around 7:15am PT on Hawthorne Boulevard, near the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, a coastal Los Angeles suburb.

  • Woods was on his way to meet Drew Brees and Justin Herbert for a photoshoot at Riviera Country Club, about 25 miles north of the crash location, per ESPN.
  • He was driving a 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV, which had been loaned out to him. Last week, he hosted the PGA Tour's Genesis Invitational.
  • The crash occurred on a winding two-lane road with a speed limit of 45 mph. Woods was traveling at a "greater speed than normal," but did not seem impaired, said Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva.
  • Sheriff's Deputy Carlos Gonzalez said crashes in the area are common because the road quickly descends and features an "S" curve. "That specific stretch of roadway is one of our trouble spots," he said.

The scene: Woods "left his lane, crashed into a sign on the median ... crossed into the southbound lanes, skipped a curb and went into a nearby field, where his vehicle hit a tree and came to a stop," per WashPost.

  • He was found pinned in the driver's seat of his car, which had deployed its air bags. He was wearing his seatbelt, which may have saved his life.
  • The fire department used a pry bar and an ax to free Woods, who was unable to walk and immediately rushed to the hospital.
  • "I spoke to him," said Gonzalez, the first officer on the scene. "I asked him what his name was. He told me his name was Tiger. ... He seemed lucid and calm."

Watch: Helicopter footage (AP)

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Tiger Woods "awake, responsive" in hospital after rollover crash

Tiger Woods golfing at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando in December 2020. Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Tiger Woods is "awake, responsive and recovering in his hospital room" after sustaining serious leg injuries in a rollover car crash in Los Angeles County, his team said in a statement early Wednesday.

The latest: Per the statement, the 45-year-old golfing great underwent "a long surgical procedure on his lower right leg and ankle" at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Tuesday night.

Scoop: U.S. begins denying Afghan immigrants

Afghan refugees on a bus bound for temporary housing after arriving in Greece. Photo: Byron Smith/Getty Images

The Biden administration has begun issuing denials to Afghans seeking to emigrate to the United States through the humanitarian parole process, after a system that typically processes 2,000 applications annually has been flooded with more than 30,000.

Why it matters: Afghans face steeper odds and longer processes for escaping to the U.S., despite the earlier sweeping efforts by the Biden administration to assist its allies. Immigration lawyers and advocacy groups say the government has set untenable barriers to a safe haven in the U.S.

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A small group of Senate Democrats is privately invoking the legacy of late West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd in an effort to sway Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to support their plans to change the chamber's rules, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Manchin — who holds Byrd's Senate seat — has often referenced his predecessor's strong moral conviction and insistence on preserving the Senate as an institution, as justification for some of his tough positions.