LOS ANGELES — Tiger Woods was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday after struggling a number of accidents when his automotive went off a highway and rolled down a steep hillside, requiring the “jaws of life” to extricate the golf nice from the wreckage.
Woods’ accidents weren’t believed to be life threatening, ESPN reported, citing police sources, regardless of video footage of the crash scene that confirmed his darkish grey Genesis sport utility car badly crumpled on the backside of the hill, home windows smashed.
Woods, 45, was the only real occupant of the automotive when it crashed at about 7:12 a.m. close to the suburban communities of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division mentioned in a written assertion.
“Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident this morning in California the place he suffered a number of leg accidents. He’s at the moment in surgical procedure and we thanks on your privateness and help,” Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, mentioned in an announcement given to Golf Digest journalist Daniel Rapaport.
Sheriff’s deputy Joana Warren advised Reuters the car had gone off the freeway and rolled down the hillside earlier than coming to relaxation on the backside. The jaws of life refers to instruments used to pry open automobiles concerned in accidents when a sufferer could also be trapped inside.
Woods, whose profession has been hampered lately by again accidents, hosted the PGA tour’s annual Genesis Invitational on the Riviera Nation Membership over the weekend however didn’t compete.
He was seen on the Rolling Hills Nation Membership on Monday with actress Jada Pinkett Smith, former basketball star Dwayne Wade and comic David Spade.
Woods underwent his fifth again surgical procedure in December.
‘Praying for TW’
Information of the accident despatched shockwaves by the sports activities world.
“Praying for my brother @TigerWoods as all of us anxiously await extra information,” former baseball star Alex Rodriguez mentioned on Twitter. “Pondering of him and his total household.”
“I’m sick to my abdomen,” fellow PGA Tour golfer Justin Thomas mentioned throughout a information convention by which he known as Woods one among his closest mates. “I simply hope he’s alright.”
Former Woods girlfriend, Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, tweeted merely: “Praying for TW”
The PGA Tour issued an announcement from Commissioner Jay Monahan. “We’re awaiting additional data when he comes out of surgical procedure. On behalf of the PGA TOUR and our gamers, Tiger is in our prayers and may have our full help as he recovers.”
Former U.S. President Donald Trump, who has performed golf with Woods on a number of events and awarded him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2019, issued an announcement urging Woods to get effectively quickly, including: “You’re a true champion!”
Woods held the highest spot in skilled golf’s world rankings for a report complete of 683 weeks, successful 14 main championship titles between 1997 and 2008.
After a collection of accidents and private points derailed his profession at instances, Woods claimed his fifteenth main title on the Masters in 2019, his fifth time incomes the coveted inexperienced jacket given to Masters champions.
California-born Eldrick “Tiger” Woods turned skilled in 1996 and gained his first U.S. Tour title in solely his fifth begin. Since then, he has nearly redefined the sport.
His success on the greens remodeled him right into a worldwide celebrity, ushering in an period of multimillion-dollar endorsements and profitable look cash and unfold the game to an viewers far past its conventional picture of male, white and middle-class.
Woods additionally served as a significant affect on the trendy era of golfers resembling Australian world No. 1 Jason Day, who has mentioned he learn a ebook about Woods and determined to repeat the American’s excessive work ethic, spending hours and hours on the apply vary.
His 15 Grand Slam titles stands second solely to the report 18 majors gained by Jack Nicklaus.
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