Tiger Woods was injured in a critical automobile crash, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division mentioned Tuesday, including in a press release that paramedics pulled him from the wreckage with the rescue software referred to as the “jaws of life.”
Mark Steinberg, Mr. Woods’s longtime agent, mentioned in a press release that Woods had suffered “a number of leg accidents” and is “at present in surgical procedure.”
Steinberg added: “We thanks to your privateness and assist.”
The incident occurred about 7:12 a.m. native time on Tuesday close to the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, a coastal metropolis of about 42,000 individuals in Los Angeles County. Mr. Woods’s automobile was touring north on Hawthorne Boulevard at Blackhorse Street when it crashed, the Sheriff’s Division mentioned.
“The automobile sustained main harm,” the division mentioned.
Footage of crash scene broadcast on native tv Tuesday afternoon confirmed a black SUV turned on its facet in an open, grassy space with intensive harm to the entrance of the automobile.
Mr. Woods was faraway from the automobile with a hydraulic spreader software, usually referred to as the “jaws of life,” by Los Angeles County firefighters and paramedics, and he was then taken to a hospital. His situation and the extent of his accidents weren’t instantly clear.
The incident is being investigated by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Division Lomita station.
Mr. Woods, 45, has not performed competitively since December and had his fifth again surgical procedure in January, a process referred to as a microdiscectomy, to take away a pressurized disc fragment that was pinching a nerve. Final weekend, he hosted a PGA Tour occasion in Southern California, the Genesis Invitational. Interviewed on the printed of that event, Woods mentioned he had begun working towards, and he appeared comfortable, smiling and joking with CBS announcers about his progress from the surgical procedure. However he provided no timetable for his return to aggressive golf.
He solely mentioned he had hoped to renew taking part in by the Masters Event, which is held within the first full week of April.
Monday, at an occasion on the Rolling Hills Nation Membership close to Los Angeles, photos on social media confirmed Mr. Woods fortunately interacting with varied celebrities, together with the NBA participant Dwyane Wade. Throughout the perform, Mr. Woods gave gamers golf suggestions and restricted instruction however was not swinging a golf membership.
The Masters, the fabled event that Tiger Woods has conquered 5 occasions, is lower than seven weeks away. However even earlier than Tuesday’s wreck, it was removed from clear whether or not Woods, who has been recovering from yet one more again surgical procedure, would have the ability to play at Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership this yr.
Requested on CBS on Sunday whether or not he would compete in Georgia in April, Woods replied: “God, I hope so. I’ve acquired to get there first.”
Woods introduced on Jan. 19 that docs had eliminated a pressurized disc fragment throughout what was his fifth again surgical procedure. The process, a microdiscectomy, was acquainted floor for Woods. He had undergone the process a number of occasions lately, however he mentioned he would miss a minimum of two tournaments.
The Masters, although, has remained central on Woods’s calendar. On Sunday, he mentioned he was “feeling tremendous, slightly bit stiff” and was awaiting one other M.R.I. scan to guage his progress.
Within the meantime, he mentioned, he had been “nonetheless doing the mundane stuff that it’s a must to do for rehab, the little issues earlier than you can begin gravitating towards one thing slightly extra.”
Woods tied for 38th place in November, when the pandemic-delayed 2020 Masters was performed. Though he shot a 10 on gap No. 12 throughout the ultimate spherical, he birdied 5 of the final six holes.
“Regardless of how arduous I strive, issues simply don’t work the way in which they used to, and irrespective of how a lot I push and ask of this physique, it simply doesn’t work at occasions,” Woods mentioned after that spherical.
Talking this week, Woods conceded that surgeons could have solely so many extra methods to assist him: “That is the one again I’ve acquired. I don’t have rather more wiggle room there.”
Tiger Woods has been in a well-publicized automobile crash earlier than.
In November of 2009, Woods crashed his SUV into a fire hydrant exterior of his Florida dwelling in the midst of the evening. He was knocked unconscious within the crash and was taken to a hospital in an ambulance, the place he was handled for minor facial accidents. However the incident is remembered largely for what occurred subsequent and the fallout for his profession. There have been quite a few stories of Woods’s infidelities and an apology in which he admitted cheating on his wife. He misplaced quite a few sponsors and stepped away from golf for months. Woods and Elin Nordegren finally divorced.
Woods was additionally arrested in 2017 in Florida, after police discovered him asleep in his car at 3 a.m. with the engine working. Woods blamed the incident on the interplay of a number of prescription medicines, together with Vicodin, and didn’t have any alcohol in his system. He finally entered a diversion program for first-time D.U.I. offenders, and pleaded responsible to reckless driving.