Tiger Woods was seriously injured in a one-car crash today in Rancho Palos Verde, California. Woods suffered multiple injuries to his legs and was said to be in serious condition after surgery Tuesday afternoon.
LA County Fire Chief Daryl Osby: “Earlier it was stated that the jaws of life were utilized to extricate [Tiger Woods]. It was later determined by our personnel that a Halligan tool, which is used for prying, and an ax was also used to pry the person free from the vehicle.” pic.twitter.com/Nkd0ctSJ15— ABC News (@ABC) February 23, 2021
The Los Angeles Times reports:
Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Woods was traveling at a “relatively greater speed than normal” descending down a hill, noting “that area has a high frequency of accidents.” The sheriff said that there were “no skid marks” and no signs of braking and that the golfer hit the center divider, a curb and a tree in the rollover crash.
Villanueva said Tuesday there was “no evidence” Woods was impaired at the scene.
BREAKING: Tiger Woods transported to hospital with injuries following vehicle crash with "major damage," LA County Sheriff's Dept. says. pic.twitter.com/hxcGYAig8D— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 23, 2021
His agent Mark Steinberg released a statement saying, “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.”
USA Today writes that Woods was driving a luxury Hyundai SUV:
The 2021 Genesis GV80 carries a starting price of nearly $50,000. It has a 14.5-inch horizontal touchscreen on the center console and an 8-inch digital instrument panel. It has 10 airbags, a forward-collision warning system, evasive steering technology and an interior camera that alerts the driver if they’re falling asleep.
The interior of Tiger Woods' car acted as a "cushion to survive what otherwise would have been a fatal crash," Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said about Tuesday's crash. https://t.co/fEkfVBGpSs pic.twitter.com/FC39W1CSmL— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) February 23, 2021
Woods hosted a golf tournament over the weekend in Los Angeles. According to an Instagram video posted by basketball star Dwayne Wade, Woods was out on the golf course with him just yesterday.
This was @TigerWoods and @DwyaneWade just yesterday – Woods was driving to meet Drew Brees and Chargers QB Justin Herbert out at the same course today, reports @ShelleyESPN. pic.twitter.com/ua0rql3xgp— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) February 24, 2021
Golf Digest reports on the 45-year-old’s recent back problems:
Woods last competed alongside his son at the PNC Championship, which finished on Dec. 20 in Orlando. He then underwent a microdiscectomy procedure to remove a pressurized disc fragment that was pinching a nerve. It was his fifth back surgery overall and the first since his spinal fusion in April 2017.
We are all pulling for you, Tiger. We are so sorry that you and your family are going through this tough time. Everyone hopes and prays for your full and speedy recovery.— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) February 23, 2021
Fight @tigerwoods like the champion you are for your kids and the world. Love and prayers— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) February 23, 2021