Tiger Woods car after accident
Golf superstar Tiger Woods was in surgery Tuesday after suffering multiple leg injuries when an SUV he was driving crashed and rolled over in Los Angeles, authorities and his agent said.
Woods, who was the only person in the vehicle, was “extricated from the wreck with the ‘jaws of life’ by Los Angeles County firefighters and paramedics, then transported to a local hospital by ambulance for his injuries,” that county’s sheriff’s department said in a tweet.
Deputies arrived at the crash scene on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes at about 7:12 a.m. PT, the department said.
Officials said “the vehicle sustained major damage.”
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg told Golf Digest in a statement: “Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident this morning in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries.”
“He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support,” Steinberg said.
Woods, 45, was staying at the Rolling Hills resort while he was filming as part of a deal he has with Golf Digest and the Discovery channel.
Last month, he revealed he had “recently” undergone a fifth microdisectomy surgery on his back, to remove a pressurized disc fragment that was causing him pain during the PNC Championship in December.
“I look forward to begin training and am focused on getting back out on Tour,” Woods said in a statement in January.
The Jupiter, Florida, resident has won 82 titles on the PGA, which is tied with Sam Snead for the most titles ever. He has won 15 major championships, including the Masters Tournament five times.
Tiger Woods looks on from the 18th hole during the final round of The Genesis Invitational golf tournament at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, CA on February 21, 2021.
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Woods’ stellar career was rocked in November 2009 when he crashed an SUV early one more into a fire hydrant outside of his then-residence in Windermere, Florida.
Woods was knocked unconscious in that crash for more than five minutes, and his then-wife reportedly used a golf club to smash a window in the vehicle and drag him from it.
On the heels of that mysterious crash, Woods was reported to have numerous extramarital affairs. He entered a Mississippi clinic for treatment shortly afterward.
In May 2017, Wood was charged with driving under the influence in Florida after police discovered him asleep in a car that was damaged.
A month after that arrest, Woods entered a clinic for treatment related to issues with prescription pain medication and a sleep disorder.
Steinberg said at the time that Woods used pain medication to help him get up and move while recovering from four back operations.
Top-ranked golfer Justice Thomas choked up Tuesday when speaking about Woods at a press conference.
“I’m sick to my stomach. It hurts to see, now one of my closest friends get in an accident and I just hope he’s alright, Thomas told reporters. “I’m just worried for his kids. I’m sure they’re struggling.”
Woods was seen on social media on Monday on a golf course with former Miami Heat basketball star Dwyane Wade.
Woods last competed at the PNC Championship in Orlando, Florida, which concluded Dec. 20. He played alongside his son 11-year-old son, Charlie Woods, in the tournament. The duo finished seventh.
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