Golfer Tiger Woods has been injured in a major car accident in California on Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department said. Mark Steinberg, Tiger’s agent, said in a statement that the golfer sustained multiple leg injuries.
“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.
In a statement, the LA County Sheriffs Department said Woods’ vehicle sustained major damage and he had to be extricated from the wreck with ‘jaws of life’ tools.
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“On February 23, 2021, at approximately 7:12 AM, LASD responded to a single vehicle roll-over traffic collision on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Ranchos Palos Verdes. The vehicle was traveling northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard, at Blackhorse Road, when it crashed,” a statement by LA County Sheriffs Department said.
“Woods 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,” it further said.
Visuals showed a car flipped on its side with the front end heavily damaged. Air bags appeared to be deployed. The wreckage appeared to be just off the side of a road on a hillside, AP reported.
The 45-year-old was in the area for his annual Genesis Invitational golf tournament at the Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades. Earlier this week, Woods announced that his recent back surgery could keep him out of the upcoming Masters tournament in Augusta, Georgia.
The 15-time major champion last played on December 20 in the PNC Championship with his 11-year-old son, Charlie.
This is the third time that Woods has been involved in a car mishap. The most notorious was in 2009, when his SUV ran over a fire hydrant and hit a tree. That was the start of shocking revelations that he had been cheating on his wife with multiple women.