LOS ANGELES — Golfer Tiger Woods was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday after struggling a number of accidents when his automobile went off a highway and rolled over, requiring the “jaws of life” to extricate him.
Woods, 45, was the only occupant of the darkish grey Genesis sport utility automobile 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 present in surgical procedure and we thanks in your privateness and assist,” Woods‘ agent, Daniel Rapaport, mentioned in an announcement given to Golf Digest.
Video photos of the scene confirmed the SUV resting on its aspect some 30 ft (9.14 m) off the roadway, its entrance finish badly broken and surrounded by particles. The jaws of life refers to instruments used to pry open automobiles concerned in accidents when a sufferer could also be trapped.
Woods, thought of one of many biggest athletes within the historical past of his sport, had hosted the PGA tour’s annual Genesis Invitational on the Riviera Nation Membership over the weekend.
He didn’t compete, citing ongoing points together with his surgically-repaired again, however 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.
SPORTS WORLD SHOCKED
Information of the accident despatched shockwaves by way of 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. “Considering of him and his total household.”
“I’m sick to my abdomen,” fellow PGA Tour golfer Justin Thomas mentioned throughout a information convention the place he known as Woods one among his closest buddies. “I simply hope he’s alright.”
The PGA Tour issued an announcement from Commissioner Jay Monahan. “We’ve been made conscious of Tiger Woods‘ automobile accident immediately,” it mentioned. “We’re awaiting additional info when he comes out of surgical procedure. On behalf of the PGA TOUR and our gamers, Tiger is in our prayers and could have our full assist as he recovers.”
Woods has held the highest spot in skilled golf’s world rankings for a document whole of 683 weeks, successful 14 main championship titles between 1997 and 2008.
After a collection of accidents and private points derailed his profession at occasions, Woods claimed his fifteenth main title on the Masters in 2019, his fifth time incomes the coveted inexperienced jacket given to Masters champions.
Woods turned skilled in 1996 and received his first U.S. Tour title in solely his fifth begin. Since then, he has nearly redefined the sport.
His success on the greens reworked him right into a worldwide famous person ushering in an period of multi-million greenback 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 akin to Australian world No. 1 Jason Day, who has mentioned he learn a e book 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 document 18 majors received by Jack Nicklaus.
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