Tiger Woods suffers leg injuries in Southern California rollover crash
ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, Calif. – Golfer Tiger Woods was hospitalized after he was in a single-car crash in Rolling Hills Estates on Tuesday, officials said.
His agent Mark Steinberg told Golf Digest that Woods suffered “multiple” leg injuries.
“He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support,” Steinberg said.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the crash involving a dark SUV occurred at 7:12 a.m. on the northbound side of Hawthorne Boulevard near Blackhorse Road.
He was rushed to the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance in serious condition, the LA County Fire Department said.
FOX 11’s Bill Melugin said that an LASD source told him that drugs and alcohol did not appear to be contributing factors in the crash.
Woods was in the area to film something at the luxury Terranea Resort. Being unfamiliar with the steep terrain, authorities believe Woods lost control of the vehicle while traveling downhill.
“You can easily without noticing go 60 mph down this road. A lot of people have died on this road,” a concerned fan near the crash site told FOX 11’s Hal Eisner.
A tweet by David Spade reveals that he was on the golf course with Woods on Monday.
Rolling Hills Estates is an affluent community located about 30 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.
Woods hosted the PGA Tour’s Genesis Invitational in Pacific Palisades over the weekend.
Born Eldrick Woods, the 45-year-old is considered one of the greatest golfers of all-time and broke racial barriers throughout his career. He is set to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame later this year.
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan issued the following statement:
“We have been made aware of Tiger Woods’ car accident today. We are awaiting further information when he comes out of surgery. On behalf of the PGA TOUR and our players, Tiger is in our prayers and will have our full support as he recovers.”
The 15-time major champion last played Dec. 20 in the PNC Championship with his 11-year-old son, Charlie. He had a fifth surgery on his back, a microdiscectomy, two days before Christmas and gave no indication when he would return. The Masters is April 8-11 and when asked if he would be there during the CBS telecast, Woods replied, “God, I hope so.”
This is the third time Woods has been involved in a car investigation. The most notorious was the early morning after Thanksgiving in 2009, when his SUV ran over a fire hydrant and hit a tree. That was the start of shocking revelations that he had been cheating on his wife with multiple women. Woods lost major corporate sponsorship, went to a rehabilitation clinic in Mississippi and did not return to golf for five months.
In May 2017, Florida police found him asleep behind the wheel of a car parked awkwardly on the side of the road. He was arrested on a DUI charge and said later he had an unexpected reaction to prescription medicine his back pain. Woods later pleaded guilty to reckless driving and checked into a clinic to get help with prescription medication and a sleep disorder.
Officials have asked the public to avoid the area where the crash occurred.
The LASD Lomita Station is handling the investigation.
Many athletes took to social media to share their support for Woods and said they are keeping him in their prayers.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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