Tiger Woods crashes car, golf star injured and in surgery
An SUV driven by Tiger Woods crashed and rolled over in Los Angeles on Tuesday. The golf superstar had multiple leg injuries, the authorities and his agent said.
Woods had surgery on Tuesday afternoon after the car crash, his agent said.
According to Lt. Michael White of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, his injuries are not life threatening.
Woods, who was the only person in the SUV, was “rescued from the wreck with the” jaws of life “by Los Angeles County firefighters and paramedics and then taken by ambulance to a local hospital for his injuries,” said the sheriff’s Department a tweet.
The MPs arrived at the scene of the accident on the border between Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes at around 7:12 a.m.
The vehicle “suffered major damage,” authorities said.
Tiger Woods’ car after an accident
Woods, 45, lived at Rolling Hills Resort while filming under a contract with Golf Digest and the Discovery Channel.
His agent, Mark Steinberg, said in a statement, “Tiger Woods was in a car accident in California this morning in which he sustained multiple leg injuries.”
“He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and assistance,” Steinberg said.
Tiger Woods watches from the 18th hole during the final round of the Genesis Invitational golf tournament at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California on February 21, 2021.
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Last month Woods announced that he “recently” had a fifth microdisectomy on his back to remove a pressurized disc fragment that caused him pain during the PNC championship in December.
“I’m looking forward to starting training and focusing on getting back on tour,” Woods said in a January statement.
The Jupiter, Florida-based resident has won 82 titles on the PGA, which is linked to Sam Snead for the most titles of all time. He has won 15 major championships, including five Masters tournaments.
PGA Commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement: “”We were made aware of the Tiger Woods car accident today. We are waiting for more information when he comes out of the operation. “
“On behalf of the PGA TOUR and our players, Tiger is in our prayers and will have our full support when he recovers,” said Monahan.
Sportswear giant Nike, which sponsors Woods, said in a statement: “We follow the news all around Tiger and our thoughts and hearts are with him and his family at this time.”
Wood’s stellar career was shaken in November 2009 when he crashed an SUV into a fire hydrant one morning outside of his then home in Windermere, Florida.
Woods was knocked unconscious for more than five minutes in the accident, and his then-wife allegedly used a golf club to smash a window in the vehicle and pull it out.
After this mysterious crash, Woods is said to have had numerous extramarital affairs. Soon after, he entered a Mississippi clinic for treatment.
In May 2017, Woods was accused of driving under the Florida influence after police discovered him sleeping in a damaged car. He later apologized and issued a statement to several reporters saying that he assumed full responsibility for the arrest, which he attributed to “an unexpected reaction” to a mixture of prescribed drugs.
“I want the public to know it’s not alcohol,” Woods said at the time.
“I would like to wholeheartedly apologize to my family, friends and fans. I also expect more from myself,” said Woods. “I will do everything in my power to make sure this never happens again.”
A month after this arrest, Woods entered a clinic for treatment for problems with prescription pain medication and a sleep disorder.
Steinberg said at the time that Woods used pain medication to get up and move around while he was recovering from four back surgeries.
Senior golfer Justin Thomas choked on Tuesday speaking about Woods at a press conference.
It hurts to see one of my closest friends having an accident and I just hope he’s fine, Thomas told reporters. “I’m just worried about his children. I am sure they will fight. “
Woods was spotted on social media on a golf course with former Miami Heat basketball star Dwyane Wade on Monday.
Woods most recently competed in the PNC Championship in Orlando, Florida, which ended on December 20. He played in the tournament with his eleven year old son, Charlie Woods. The duo came in seventh.
– CNBC’s Jessica Golden and Amanda Macias contributed to this report.