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Tiger Woods has been hospitalized after suffering injuries in a major car accident.
The greatest golfer in the history of the sport was involved in a single-car crash in Los Angeles, California, on Tuesday. Woods was the driver and lone occupant of the vehicle when it rolled over on the side of the road in Ranchos Palos Verdes. The vehicle “sustained major damage,” the Los Angeles County Sheriffs department shared on Twitter, with firefighters and paramedics were forced to use the “Jaws of Life” to remove Woods from the wreckage.
Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, told Golf Digest’s Daniel Rapaport that his client “suffered multiple leg injuries” and is currently undergoing surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. ESPN’s Michael Eaves reported shortly thereafter that Woods’ injuries are not thought to be life threatening, though the initial news from the scene suggested the possibility of multiple leg fractures.
— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) February 23, 2021
Woods was back in his home state of California to participate in a content shoot with Golf Digest and GOLFTV after hosting this weekend’s PGA Tour Genesis Invitational. On Monday, Woods was spotted on the Rolling Hills Country Club course with Dwyane Wade and David Spade for the shoot, and news from the crash site suggests that his car veered off the road early Tuesday morning while he was en route back to the club. His car was moving at high speeds leading up to the accident, a local police source told Eaves.
Shots of Woods’ vehicle circulating online and featured on various news networks showed a the remains of a silver SUV laying on its side. Both the hood and rear of the car — a Genesis —appeared mangled with some of the windows shattered and the wheels splayed.
MSNBC has a shot of Tiger’s car after the crash. Insane. pic.twitter.com/GdR0Id13ge
— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) February 23, 2021
— Steven Bognar (@Bogs4NY) February 23, 2021
Overhead imagery of the scene appears to show that Woods drove his car over a median and crossed into the wrong lane before rolling off the road. In the past, the star has gotten into multiple high-profile car crashes, some of which have been attributed to Woods driving under the influence while using painkillers during recovery from the many back surgeries he underwent over the course of his career.
Looks like Tiger covered quite a bit of ground, this kind of tracks the path from overhead pic.twitter.com/I3EOUQatHS
— CJ Fogler #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) February 23, 2021
Currently 45 years old, Woods was in the midst of returning to the links after undergoing offseason back surgery. Though he’s already accrued 82 PGA TOUR victories over the course of his illustrious career, Woods was intent on stretching his golf reign a bit longer. But following news of Tuesday’s crash, the future of the star’s competitive years is in serious question.