Tiger Woods Injured in Roll-Over Car Accident in California, Undergoing Surgery
Tiger Woods Injured in Roll-Over Car Accident in California, Extricated with Jaws of Life
Tiger Woods was taken to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department said
Tiger Woods has been injured in a roll-over car accident in California, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department confirmed in a statement on Tuesday. The famed golfer, 45, is now undergoing surgery.
"On Feb. 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 Rancho Palos Verdes," the sheriff's department said in the Twitter statement. "The vehicle was traveling northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard at Blackhorse Road, where it crashed. The vehicle sustained major damage."
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Continued the statement, "The driver and sole occupant was identified as PGA golfer Eldrick 'Tiger' Woods. Mr. 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."
During a press conference later on Tuesday, the sheriff's department amended their initial statement and said the jaws of life were not used to extricate Woods, but a halligan tool was.
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The sheriff's department said it is conducting an investigation into the crash, and a spokesman said Woods' injuries "do not appear to be life-threatening." Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department, who did the transport of Woods, tells PEOPLE that the golfer is in "serious condition."
In a statement issued to PEOPLE, Woods' agent Mark Steinberg said, "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."
This morning @LMTLASD responded to a roll-over collision in which @TigerWoods was injured. Please see our statement... pic.twitter.com/cSWOxKZC1w
— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) February 23, 2021
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The PGA Tour also issued a statement about Woods' accident, saying, "We have been made aware of Tiger Woods' car accident today. We are awaiting further information when he comes out of surgery. On behalf of the PGA TOUR and our players, Tiger is in our prayers and will have our full support as he recovers."
Woods was in California for the Genesis Invitational last week and into the weekend. The athlete didn't play in the tournament at the Riviera Country Club as he's still recovering from a back surgery, but served as host.
The golfer and dad of two underwent the surgery to remove a disc fragment pinching his nerve after experiencing discomfort following the December PNC Championship.
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In an interview at the tournament, Woods said that he was "feeling fine" but "a little bit stiff" two months after his procedure.
"I have one more MRI scheduled so we'll see if the annulus is scarred over finally and see if I can start doing more activities," he explained in an interview. "But still in the gym, still doing the mundane stuff you have to do for rehab, the little things before you start gravitating to something a little more."
Earlier on Tuesday, basketball star Dwyane Wade posted photos and videos of a golf outing with Woods on Monday.
"So I told ya'll I was about to do something amazing today, I got an opportunity … to come out with this guy right here," Wade said in a video with Woods on a golf course, adding later, "I got some lessons today."