LOS ANGELES – Golfer tiger Woods was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday after sustaining multiple injuries when his car pulled off a road and overturned, forcing the “jaws of life” out.
Woods, 45, was the sole occupant of the dark gray Genesis sport utility vehicle when it crashed around 7:12 a.m. near the suburbs of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a written statement.
“tiger Woods was in 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. “ Woods‘agent Daniel Rapaport said in a statement given to Golf Digest.
Video footage of the scene showed the SUV lying on its side about 9.14 m from the roadway, its front end severely damaged and surrounded by debris. The jaws of life refer to the tools used to open vehicles involved in crashes where a victim may be trapped.
Woods, considered one of the greatest athletes in the history of his sport, hosted the PGA Tour’s annual Genesis Invitational at the Riviera Country Club this weekend.
He did not compete, citing persistent issues with his surgically repaired back, but was seen at the Rolling Hills Country Club on Monday with actress Jada Pinkett Smith, former basketball star Dwayne Wade and comedian David Spade.
Woods underwent her fifth back surgery in December.
THE WORLD OF SPORT SHOCKED
News of the crash sent shockwaves through the sports world.
“Pray for my brother @tigerWoods as we all look forward to more news, ”former baseball star Alex Rodriguez said on Twitter. “Thinking of him and his whole family.”
“My stomach hurts,” Justin Thomas, a PGA Tour golfer, said at a press conference where he called Woods one of his closest friends. “I just hope he’s okay.
The PGA Tour released a statement from Commissioner Jay Monahan. “We have been made aware tiger Woods“Car crash today,” he says. “We are awaiting further information at the end of the surgery. On behalf of the PGA TOUR and our players, tiger is part of our prayers and will have our full support as he recovers.
Woods held the top spot in the professional golf world rankings for a record 683 weeks, winning 14 major league titles between 1997 and 2008.
After a series of injuries and personal issues sometimes derailed his career, Woods won his 15th major Masters title in 2019, his fifth time winning the coveted green jacket given to Masters champions.
Woods turned pro in 1996 and won his first U.S. Tour title just on his fifth start. Since then, he has virtually redefined the game.
His success on the greens transformed him into a global superstar who ushered in an era of multi-million dollar supporters and lucrative-looking money and spread the sport to audiences far beyond his traditional image of male, white and middle class.
Woods was also a major influence on the modern generation of golfers such as Australia’s world No.1 Jason Day, who said he read a book on Woods and decided to copy the high work ethic of the American, spending hours and hours in the practice field.
His 15 Grand Slam titles are in second place after the record of 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus.
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