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VideoTiger Woods was rushed to hospital Tuesday after being injured in a rollover in Los Angeles County on Tuesday.recognitionRecognition…KABC-TV via Associated Press
Tiger Woods suffered “multiple leg injuries” in a serious car accident Tuesday morning and had surgery after being pulled from his overturned car and taken to hospital, his agent and authorities said.
Mark Steinberg, Wood’s longtime agent, said in a statement around noon Pacific time that he was “currently in surgery”.
Steinberg added, “Thank you for your privacy and assistance.”
The crash occurred around 7:12 a.m. on Tuesday near the border between Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, a coastal town of about 42,000 in Los Angeles County. Woods’ vehicle was traveling north on Hawthorne Boulevard on Blackhorse Road when it rolled over and crashed, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
Woods suffered “compound breaks” because the officer was not authorized to speak publicly, according to a police officer who spoke on condition of anonymity. The official said Woods drove a Hyundai Genesis SUV
“The vehicle was badly damaged,” said the department.
Pictures of a crash scene broadcast on local television Tuesday afternoon showed an SUV being turned on its side in an open lawn with significant damage to the front of the vehicle.
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The Sheriff’s Office said Woods was removed from the vehicle using a hydraulic spreader tool known as the “Jaw of Life,” but a Los Angeles County firefighter told a local TV station that the tools were not used to extract Woods be.
It wasn’t immediately clear what had caused the crash. The incident is being investigated by the Lomita Ward of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.
Woods, 45, has not played competitive since December and underwent his fifth back surgery in January, a procedure known as microdiscectomy to remove a pressurized fragment of a disc that has trapped a nerve. Last weekend he hosted a PGA tour in Southern California, the Genesis Invitational.
Interviewed on that tournament’s broadcast, Woods said he had started practicing and he seemed comfortable, smiling and joking with CBS announcers about his progress with the operation. But he did not offer a schedule for his return to competitive golf.
He just said he was hoping to get back to playing the Masters tournament, which takes place in the first full week of April.
At an event held at Rolling Hills Country Club near Los Angeles, pictures on social media showed Woods happily interacting with various celebrities, including NBA player Dwyane Wade. During the event, Woods gave golf tips and limited instruction to players, but did not swing a golf club.
Recognition…Doug Mills / The New York Times
The Masters, the fabled tournament that Tiger Woods has conquered five times, is less than seven weeks away. But even before the wreck on Tuesday, it wasn’t clear whether Woods, who has recovered from another back operation, will be able to play at Augusta National Golf Club this year.
When asked by CBS on Sunday if he would be competing in Georgia in April, Woods replied, “God, I hope so. I have to go there first. “
Woods announced on Jan. 19 that doctors removed a pressurized disc fragment during his fifth back surgery. The procedure, a microdiscectomy, was a familiar reason to Woods. He had gone through the procedure several times over the past few years but said he would miss at least two tournaments.
However, the Masters are still central to Woods’ calendar. On Sunday he said he was feeling “fine, a little stiff” and was waiting for another MRI scan to assess his progress.
In the meantime, he said, he was “still doing the everyday things you need to do for rehab, the little things before you can start getting into anything more.”
Jay Monahan, the PGA Tour commissioner, said in a statement Tuesday afternoon that he was aware of the crash. “We are waiting for more information when he comes out of the operation,” said Monahan. “On behalf of the PGA Tour and our players, Tiger is in our prayers and will have our full support when he recovers.”
Woods finished 38th in November when the pandemic delayed 2020 Masters was played. Even though he shot a 10 on hole 12 on the final round, he screwed five of the last six holes.
“No matter how hard I try, things just don’t work the way they used to, and no matter how much I push and ask of this body, sometimes it just doesn’t work,” said Woods after this round.
This week Woods admitted that surgeons may only have so many options left to help him: “This is the only back I have. I don’t have much more leeway there. “
Tiger Woods was previously known to have been in a car accident.
In November 2009, Woods crashed his SUV into a fire hydrant outside his Florida home in the middle of the night. He was knocked unconscious in the accident and taken to a hospital in an ambulance, where he was treated for minor facial injuries. But the incident will be remembered mainly for what happened next and the aftermath of his career. There have been numerous reports of Wood’s infidelity and an apology in which he admitted cheating on his wife. He lost numerous sponsors and resigned from golf for months. Woods and Elin Nordegren eventually got divorced.
Woods was also arrested in Florida in 2017 after police found him sleeping in his car on the side of the road at 3 a.m. with the engine running. Woods attributed the incident to the interaction of several prescription drugs, including Vicodin, and had no alcohol on his system. He eventually entered a diversion program for first-time DUI offenders and plead guilty of reckless driving.
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Justin Thomas, a trusted confidante of Tiger Woods who often joins Woods for pre-tournament practice rounds, appeared stunned by news of Woods’ accident on Tuesday.
“I have a stomach problem,” said Thomas as he prepared for the Workday Championship, a PGA tour of central Florida due to begin Thursday. “It hurts to see one of your closest friends have an accident.”
Thomas said he had only heard of Wood’s crash minutes before.
“Man, I just hope he’s fine,” he said. “I’m just worried about his kids, I’m sure they fight.”
Thomas and his father Mike were paired up with Woods and his son Charlie during the PNC Championship, a father-and-son tournament in December. Woods also has a daughter, Sam.
Recognition…Doug Mills / The New York Times
It was not even two years since Tiger Woods achieved a feat that people have long wondered about: he broke a decade-long drought at major championships with a sweeping victory at the Masters.
By that Sunday in April 2019, it had been a decade of misery for Woods. His body, then 43 years old, showed its pain and wear and tear. A November 2009 wreck turned Woods and his marriage, which ended not long after, into tabloid fodder. He was later accused of driving under the driver’s influence and made efforts to control the pain that came with one operation after another.
His fifth green jacket at Augusta National Golf Club, won in one fell swoop in 2019, was a particularly big comeback for a player who had been celebrated long before. He was the second oldest player to win the Masters, the tournament in which he was a great champion for the first time in 1997.
He didn’t do well in the other majors of the year and missed the cut in the PGA Championship and the British Open, despite finishing 21st at the US Open in Pebble Beach. But for Woods what happened in Augusta remained a personal triumph with few, if any, rivals.
“I still get the chills just thinking about it,” Woods said in November 2020 when the Masters was last played because of the pandemic. Woods was similarly emotional at the traditional Masters Champions of the Week dinner, held behind closed doors and limited to the Augusta National Chairman and former tournament winners.
“He said he was on the way to the golf course and had to stop because he had tears in his eyes and stopped for a while on the road because memories quickly crossed his mind,” said Gary Spieler, three-time Masters winner .
“Tiger was very emotional,” added Jack Nicklaus, who won the Masters six times. “I’ve never seen Tiger like this before.”