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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.

  • Anish Mahajan, the center's chief medical officer and interim CEO, said in the statement Woods "suffered significant orthopaedic injuries to his right lower extremity that were treated during emergency surgery."
  • The medical team inserted a rod into his leg, while injuries to his foot and ankle bones were stabilized with screws and pins, Mahajan added.

The big picture: Woods' SUV traveled several hundred feet downhill following the rollover in the single-vehicle crash in Los Angeles County on Tuesday morning, the LA County Sheriff's Department said.

  • The department initially said Woods was removed from the wreck with the "jaws of life" but Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby later said a different tool was used to remove him, per NBC.
  • "Deputies at the time, they did not see any evidence of impairment," Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at Tuesday afternoon's press conference.

What they're saying: "It's very fortunate that Mr. Woods was able to come out of this alive, because this is an accident prone stretch of road," said Deputy Carlos Gonzalez at a press conference Tuesday. "We've seen a number of accidents on this stretch of roadway."

This post has been updated with further information about the car crash from Los Angeles County officials and the Woods' team.

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California residents in affluent communities are taking up COVID-19 vaccination appointments meant for underserved communities of color, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.

Why it matters: Although Gov. Gavin Newsom has frequently stressed the importance of establishing equity in the state’s vaccine rollout, affluent white and Asian-American Californians are still receiving the vaccine at higher rates than Black and Latino residents in underserved areas, per the Times.

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Mitt Romney calls Ray Dalio's China investments a "sad moral lapse"

Sen. Mitt Romney walks to a Senate Republican caucus meeting at the Capitol on Oct. 7. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) on Thursday criticized billionaire Ray Dalio's investments in China, writing in a tweet that "his feigned ignorance of China's horrific abuses and rationalization of complicit investments there is a sad moral lapse."

Driving the news: Romney's comments come after Dalio's firm, Bridgewater Associates, the largest hedge fund in the world, raised $1.3 billion in November for a new private fund in China, Bloomberg reports.