Tiger Woods undergoes surgery after rollover crash in Rancho Palos Verdes – Daily Breeze

Tiger Woods undergoes surgery after rollover crash in Rancho Palos Verdes – Daily Breeze
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Tiger Woods was hospitalized Tuesday, Feb. 23, with multiple leg injuries after he was involved in a single-vehicle rollover crash on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, authorities and his agent said.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of Hawthorne Boulevard and Blackhorse Road, near Peninsula High School, just before 7:15 a.m., according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The pro golfer was traveling northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard, downhill, when the crash occurred. It was unclear what caused the crash that left Woods’ vehicle with major damage, the department said.

Woods, who had to be helped out of the vehicle by firefighters after they removed the windshield, was the only person in the vehicle, the department said (Authorities earlier had incorrectly said the so-called “jaws of life” rescue tool was used; it was on scene but not deployed).

“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,” his agent, Mark Steinberg, said in a statement.

CBS2’s Jim Hill reported that Woods was with actor/comedian David Spade and former NBA star Dwyane Wade in the area doing a documentary for Golf Digest before he started driving down the hill.

Traffic investigators remained on scene into the afternoon to determine the cause of the crash.

The SUV was in a brushy swath off of the west side of Hawthorne Boulevard, between the roadway and homes.

Aerial images show the SUV on its side with a Genesis Invitational logo on the passenger door.

Many neighbors described the stretch of road as notorious for accidents, especially among those not from the area.

“I was just in my kitchen when I heard this loud noise,” said Irene Foster, a resident along Shady Vista Road. “I thought it was like neighbors landscaping or something.”

“It’s crazy and horrible,” Foster continued, “but that’s what happens along these windy roads. People drive fast and don’t know what’s ahead.”

It had yet to be determined if speed was a factor in the crash.

Woods had just hosted the four-day golf tournament at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades; on Sunday, he handed the trophy to the tournament’s winner, Max Homa.

He said in an interview during the final round of the Genesis Invitational that he hoped to be healthy enough to play in the Masters in April after coming off of his fifth back operation.

Woods, 45, turned professional in 1996 and has 82 PGA Tour wins in his career, including 15 major championships. But back problems and other injuries have slowed his career.

In 2009, he was involved in another high-profile crash where he struck a fire hydrant and a tree while backing out of his Florida home.

 

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