Tiger Woods thanked people for their support, saying he was “in a good mood” after sustaining serious injuries in a car crash in Los Angeles on Tuesday and being pulled from the rubble by firefighters.

The golf icon was taken to hospital for surgery for “multiple leg injuries” and police said he was “lucky to be alive”.

A statement made for him on Friday said: “Tiger and his family would like to thank you all for the wonderful support and messages you have received over the past few days.”

Police are now investigating what caused Woods to turn off the road in Southern California in his sport utility vehicle before colliding with a tree and rolling down a hill in an accident, leaving him with a broken right leg and ankle.

Here’s everything we know about the crash.

What happened?

Woods drove to the Riviera Country Club in western Los Angeles on Tuesday morning, where he had hosted the Genesis Open golf tournament last weekend.

On behalf of the sponsors, he was to take part in the second day of a photo shoot in the club. But Woods didn’t make the appointment.

At 7:12 a.m. (3:12 p.m. UK), Woods’ 4×4 – a $ 100,000 Genesis GV80 donated by sponsors – crashed on Hawthorne Boulevard in Ranchos Palos Verdes, a district south of LA , from.

The crash occurred near the hilly Palos Verdes peninsula, which is at the end of a steep stretch of road lined with runaway truck ramps for vehicles that lose control when going downhill and which are notorious for fatal accidents is.