Tiger Woods was rushed into surgery after a car crash that left the golfing legend with multiple leg injuries, officials have confirmed.
Fire crews had to use the “ jaws of life ” to pull Woods out of the vehicle after he rolled over and suffered severe damage.
The 45-year-old was then taken to a local hospital by ambulance where he is currently in surgery for multiple leg injuries, his agent Mark Steinberg confirmed.
He said: “Tiger Woods had a single car accident this morning in California where he sustained multiple leg injuries. He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support. “
A statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department read, “On February 23, 2021 at approximately 7:12 am, LASD responded to a single vehicle rollover collision at the Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes border.
“The vehicle was traveling north on Hawthorne Boulevard at Blackhorse Road when it crashed. The vehicle sustained significant damage.
“The driver and sole occupant has been identified as PGA Golfer Eldrick“ Tiger ”Woods.
“Mr. Woods was pulled from the wreckage with the “jaws of life” by Los Angeles County firefighters and paramedics, then transported to a local hospital by ambulance for his injuries.
“The traffic investigation is being carried out by investigators from the LASD station in Lomita.”
Woods, a 15-time major winner, is one of the greatest golfers of all time and one of the most iconic figures in the history of the sport.
Woods dominated the world of golf for more than a decade from the late 90s to the early 2010s, before public scandal and physical issues saw him struggle for many years.
He is the youngest player to complete the majors’ Grand Slam career and made the “Tiger Slam” in 2000 and 2001, winning all four majors in a row.
His most recent triumph at the 2019 Masters came after years of back injuries and spinal fusion surgery, sparking new hope that he could pursue Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major championships.
The American was injured following new back surgery in December – and was hoping to return for this year’s Masters in April.
The great victories of Tiger Woods
Masters: 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2019
PGA Championship: 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007
US Open: 2000, 2002, 2008
The Open Championship: 2000, 2005, 2006
Woods’ last appearance on the course came alongside his son Charlie at the Cabin Crew Members Championship at the end of 2020.
He hosted the Genesis Open in Riviera last weekend, presenting the trophy to Max Homa and commenting alongside Jim Nantz on Sunday.
The golf world has reacted to the news, offering prayers and best wishes for Woods as he undergoes surgery.
World No.3 Justin Thomas, who has become a close friend of Woods and his family, became emotional upon reacting to the news.
“My stomach hurts,” Thomas said at a press conference ahead of the WGC-Workday Championship.
“You know, it hurts to see one of your… now one of my closest friends has an accident.”
“Dude, I just hope he’s okay. Just worry about her kids, you know. I’m sure they’re struggling.
British golfer Ian Poulter, former England international Gary Lineker and Tottenham striker Gareth Bale were also among the social media supporters.
Former US alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn, a former girlfriend of Woods, also tweeted, “Praying for TW right now.”