Tiger Woods was injured when the car he was driving hurtled down a road in a Los Angeles suburb and overturned, sending the golfing legend to a hospital where he was undergoing surgery for “multiple” injuries to the body. leg.
According to Los Angeles County Police, no other vehicles were involved in the wreckage, and the Los Angeles Times, quoting unnamed law enforcement officials reported Woods’ car was traveling at a high speed when it lost control.
Authorities did not immediately disclose the severity of his injuries, but Mark Steinberg, Woods’ agent, released a statement revealing that he had been operated on for injuries to his leg.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Woods was the driver and sole occupant of a vehicle involved in a rollover collision around 7 a.m. local time with damage significant enough to require the use of so-called jaws of life to extract the star golfer from the debris.
Images of the crash site at Rancho Palos Verdes, south of the LA airport, captured by local TV channel NBCLA showed a silver SUV rolled over the side of a boulevard with severe damage to the front and rear of the vehicle.
Woods, 45, is among the greatest golfers of all time, tied for most career wins on the PGA Tour and second overall in major championships behind Jack Nicklaus. After winning the Masters tournament at the age of 21 in 1997, he quickly became one of the world’s best-known athletes, starring in advertising campaigns for Nike and driving the resurgence of golf in the TV ratings and popularity.
A set of personal setbacks, including an infidelity scandal, back injuries, and a 2017 reckless driving conviction, has shrunk Woods’ presence on tour for years, though he completed one of the sport’s most memorable comebacks by winning the 2019 Masters Tournament more than a decade after his last major victory.
As authorities revealed the severity of the crash, fellow players and tour officials offered Woods their best wishes and concerns.
“Barbara and I just heard about Tiger’s accident, and like everyone else, we are deeply concerned,” Nicklaus written on twitter. “We want to offer her our sincere support and prayers during this difficult time. Please join us in wishing Tiger successful surgery and all the best for a full recovery.
“My stomach hurts,” fellow professional golfer Justin Thomas said at a press conference for the WGC Workday Championship in Florida on Tuesday. “It hurts to see one of your closest friends have an accident.”
Over the weekend, Woods hosted the Genesis Invitational tournament in North Los Angeles, where he said he was still recovering from a fifth back surgery and couldn’t set a timeline for a back to the game.
When asked if he intends to compete in this year’s Masters, he seemed uncertain, saying, “I don’t know what the plan is.”