LOS ANGELES – Tiger Woods was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday after sustaining multiple injuries when his car pulled off a road and rolled down a steep hill, forcing the ‘jaws of life’ out of the golf course. wreck.
Woods’ injuries are not considered life threatening, ESPN reported, citing law enforcement sources, despite video footage of the crash scene that showed his dark gray Genesis sport utility vehicle severely crumpled at the bottom of the hill with broken windows.
Woods, 45, was the sole occupant of the car 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 statement. written.
“Tiger Woods was in a single car accident this morning in California, sustaining multiple leg injuries. He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support, ”Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg said in a statement to Golf Digest reporter Daniel Rapaport.
Sheriff’s deputy Joana Warren told Reuters the vehicle exited the freeway and rolled down the hill before coming to a stop at the bottom. The jaws of life refer to the tools used to open vehicles involved in crashes when a victim may be trapped inside.
Woods, whose career has been hampered in recent years by back injuries, hosted the annual PGA Tour Genesis Invitational at the Riviera Country Club this weekend, but did not participate.
He 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 had his fifth back surgery in December.
‘Pray for TW’
News of the crash sent shockwaves through the sports world.
“Praying 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.
Woods’ ex-girlfriend, Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, simply tweeted: “Pray for TW”
The PGA Tour released a statement from Commissioner Jay Monahan. “We are awaiting further information at the end of the surgery. On behalf of the PGA TOUR and our players, Tiger is in our prayers and will have our full support as he recovers.
Former US President Donald Trump, who golfed with Woods several times and awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2019, issued a statement urging Woods to recover quickly, adding: “You are a true champion !
Woods held the top spot in the professional golf world rankings for a record 683 weeks, winning 14 major championship titles between 1997 and 2008.
After a series of injuries and personal issues at times derailed his career, Woods won his 15th major Masters title in 2019, his fifth time winning the coveted green jacket given to Masters champions.
Born in California, Eldrick “Tiger” Woods turned pro in 1996 and won his first US Tour title with just his fifth start. Since then, he has virtually redefined the game.
His success on the greens turned him into a global superstar, ushering in an era of multi-million dollar supporters and seemingly lucrative money and spread the sport to audiences far beyond its 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 American’s high work ethic, spending hours and hours on the training ground. .
His 15 Grand Slam titles are in second place after the record of 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus.
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