PGA TOUR commissioner Jay Monahan says the world will rally around Tiger Woods after the legendary golfer suffered significant leg injuries in a car accident on Tuesday.
Woods underwent extensive surgery in Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles County following a horrific single-vehicle crash.
Firefighters had to use mechanical cutters to get Woods out of the vehicle he had been travelling in after it careered up an embankment before overturning on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, near Los Angeles.
The 15-time major champion suffered compound fractures to his lower extremities, but was "awake, responsive and recovering" in his hospital room following his operation.
Monahan said at the World Golf Championships-Workday Championship on Wednesday: "As we wake up today, we are so thankful and so grateful to have read that statement last night and to know that he is going to be okay.
"All that really matters right now is his wellbeing, his recovery, his family.
"He knows he's got the support of everybody out here. The golf world will rally around him, the sporting world has rallied around him, the world will rally around him."
"The world will rally around him."— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 24, 2021
Commissioner Jay Monahan shares his thoughts on Tiger Woods following his car accident on Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/SbltbwG2No
Monahan has been in contact with Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, but said talk of how the 45-year-old's injuries will impact his career have not been discussed so soon after the accident.
"Listen, when Tiger wants to talk about golf, we'll talk about golf, but I think right now the entirety of our efforts needs to be around the support," he added.
"When you're going to overcome what he needs to overcome, I think the love of all of our players and everybody out here, it's going to come forward in a big way and across the entire sporting world.
"I think he'll feel that energy and I think that's what we should all focus on."
Woods had been recovering after undergoing back surgery for a fifth time.