Tiger Woods was involved in a single-car accident in the Los Angeles area on Tuesday morning that required the ‘jaws of life’ to free him from his vehicle. Woods was in California serving as the host of the 2021 Genesis Invitational and completing a two-day content shoot with Golf Digest/GOLFTV.
Woods was rushed to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and is now in surgery being treated for “multiple leg injuries,” his agent, Mark Steinberg, told GolfDigest.com.
Tiger Woods hospitalized after single-car accident in LA
On Tuesday morning, Tiger Woods was rushed to a local hospital after being involved in a single-car accident in LA. He recently joined Dwayne Wade and David Spade at Rolling Hills Country Club on Monday to offer them some tips on their golf game, but he didn’t play himself because of his ailing back.
According to the LA County Sheriff’s Department, the accident occurred around 7 a.m. local time “on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes,” and the vehicle sustained “major damage.”
Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, later provided an update on the PGA Tour star.
“Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident this morning in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries,” Steinberg told GolfDigest.com. “He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support.”
According to Joe Musso of CBS Sports, the LASD has said Woods’ injuries are non-life-threatening.
Images of Tiger Woods’ crash appear
Shortly after the news of Woods’ car accident broke, helicopters from news stations around LA captured images of the wreck. Adam Schefter of ESPN posted a photo of the car, which is turned completely on its left side and visibly wrecked, on Twitter.
Woods’ car was traveling northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard when it crashed off the side of the road. When police arrived at 7:12 a.m., they had to extricate Woods from the wreck using the ‘jaws of life.’
The sports world reacts to Tiger Woods’ car accident
Following the news of Woods’ accident, professional athletes from all over the sports world took to Twitter to send their thoughts and prayers to the golf legend. From Baker Mayfield to Alex Rodriguez to Woods’ favorite NFL team, the Las Vegas Raiders, so many were quick to offer words of encouragement.
Fellow PGA Tour member and close personal friend to Woods, Justin Thomas, spoke to the media ahead of this weekend’s WGC-Workday Championship and offered some emotional words regarding the situation.
“It hurts to see one of your closest friends get in an accident, and I just hope he’s alright,” Thomas told reporters Tuesday. “I just worry for his kids. I’m sure they’re struggling.”
Woods last played in competition with his son, Charlie, in the PNC Championship in late December. He’s been away from the golf course since undergoing a fifth microdiscectomy surgery on his back shortly after the tournament.