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.
No other vehicles were involved in the wreckage, according to Los Angeles County Police, and the Los Angeles Times, citing anonymous law enforcement officials, reported Woods’ car was traveling at high speed. when she lost control.
Daryl Osby, the Los Angeles County Fire Chief, said Woods suffered “serious injuries to both legs” but had “no other life-threatening injuries to my knowledge.” Mark Steinberg, Woods’ agent, released a statement revealing that he had been operated on for leg injuries.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Woods was the driver and sole occupant of a vehicle in a rollover collision around 7 a.m. local time. At a Tuesday afternoon press conference, Alex Villanueva, the county sheriff, said there was “no evidence of impairment” found at the scene of the crash, and that Woods was aware and communicative when emergency personnel have arrived.
Osby said an ax and a prying tool were used to extract Woods from the wreckage, correcting an earlier county statement that the so-called Jaws of Life had been used.
Images of the crash site at Rancho Palos Verdes, south of the LA airport, captured by NBC television in Los Angeles, showed a silver SUV overturned on the side of a boulevard with severe damage to the front and rear of the vehicle.
Woods, 45, is among golf’s all-time greats, tied for most career PGA Tour wins 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 best-known athletes in the world, starring in advertising campaigns for Nike and driving the resurgence of odds golf. and the popularity of television.
A series of personal setbacks, including an infidelity scandal, back injuries and reckless driving conviction in 2017, have shrunk Woods’ presence on tour for years, despite completing one of the returns. most famous in the sport by winning the 2019 Masters more than a decade after his previous 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 ahead of the WGC-Workday Championship in Florida on Tuesday. “It hurts to see one of your closest friends have an accident.”
Over the weekend, Woods was in Los Angeles hosting the Genesis Invitational tournament, where he said he was still recovering from his fifth back surgery and couldn’t set a timeline for one. back to the game.
When asked if he was planning on making the Masters this year, he looked uncertain, saying, “I don’t know what the plan is.”