Tiger Woods hospitalized after single-car accident in Los Angeles

'He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support.'
Published February 23, 2021 4:03 p.m. EST
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Tiger Woods was hospitalized after suffering multiple leg injuries following a vehicle rollover in Los Angeles. The golf superstar had to be extricated from his SUV with the "jaws of life" tools, according to authorities.

"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 Rancho Palos Verdes," the Los Angeles Country Sheriffs statement read. "The vehicle was travelling northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard, at Blackhorse Road, when it crashed. The vehicle sustained major damage."

The statement continued, "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."

Woods' crash is being investigated by investigators from LASD Lomita Station. 

Woods' agent Mark Steinberg told Golf Digest, "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."

The 45-year-old golfer was in California for a two-day content shoot with Golf Digest/GOLFTV after hosting the PGA Tour's Genesis Invitational over the weekend. The shoot involved Woods giving on-course lessons to celebrities. The outlet said that Woods was in "good spirits on Monday but did not arrive to the course for the second day of shooting."

This isn't the first high-profile car accident that Woods has been involved in. He crashed his SUV in 2009 into a fire hydrant outside of his then-home in Flordia and in 2017 he was arrested after police found him passed out behind the wheel of his car. The golf star said that he had taken prescription medication before the accident and didn't know the effect the medication would have on him.

Woods 2021 season was already on hold after he underwent a microdiscectomy procedure to remove a pressurized disc fragment that was pinching a nerve in January. That was the fifth operation Woods has had on his back. He previously had microdiscectomy surgery three times in 2014 and 2015 and he also had spinal fusion surgery in April 2017.

He was expected to be sidelined through the first two months of the year and miss the Farmers Insurance Open and the Genesis Invitational, where he was set to double as the tournament host. Woods last competed alongside his 11-year-old son at the PNC Championship in December in Orlando. They finished seventh.

Many fans and friends of Woods took to Twitter to send their prayers after news of his crash spread.

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