'Unsafe': Investigators finally reveal cause of Tiger Woods crash

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·4-min read
Tiger Woods (pictured left) during competition and (pictured right) his car after a crash near LA last month.
Police have revealed Tiger Woods (pictured left) was travelling up to 140km/h when he veered off the road and crashed (pictured right) near LA last month. (Getty Images)

Police have released the findings of their investigation into Tiger Woods' crash and revealed the 15-time Major winner was travelling nearly double the speed limit when he veered off the road and flipped his car near Los Angeles last month.

Woods, who will miss this week's 85th Masters, suffered a shattered lower right leg and ankle in the one-car crash near LA.

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He underwent hours of surgery to repair the damage, a rod inserted into his tibia with screws and pins used to stabilise the joint.

But after a long investigation, police have revealed the terrifying speed Woods was travelling at before and during the crash.

The 15-time Majors winner was travelling between 82.02mph and 86.99mph (around 140 kilometres) - in a 45mph zone (72km/h).

He then smashed into a tree, which sent him airborne at 75mph.

"The primary causal factor for this traffic collision was driving at a speed unsafe for the road conditions and the inability to negotiate the curve of the roadway," LA Sheriff Alex Villanueva said.

"Estimated speeds at the first area of impact were 84 to 87 miles per hour."

The police confirmed Woods showed "no signs of impairment" and voluntarily allowed the police to release the findings to the public.

Tiger Woods won't face charges

Despite the findings, recovered from the 'black box' in the in his Genisis GV.80 on February 23, police have confirmed he won't be facing any charges.

Officials said Woods had received no special treatment and wouldn't be charged for speeding because there was no one around to witness the event.

Captain James Powers said Woods' phone or blood wasn't checked because there was: "no evidence of any impairment or intoxication."

He also said it appeared Woods inadvertently hit the accelerator as there was no sign of braking.

Woods was not aware of what happened immediately prior to the crash, but when asked about what happened Powers said: “The only statement I recall is he had a long day the day prior.”

“He was kind of dazed and confused, being in a state of shock,” Powers said of Woods when he was found after the crash.

The investigation is now closed.

Golf legend Tiger Woods's car after a crash near LA.
A tow truck operator secures the car that golf legend Tiger Woods was driving when seriously injured in a rollover accident on February 23, 2021 in Rolling Hills Estates, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Recently, four-time major winner Rory McIlroy and second-ranked Justin Thomas have both visited Woods at his South Florida home since he left hospital last month.

"I went over and saw him a couple times last week," Thomas said on Tuesday.

"Try to go over a couple times during the week whenever I'm home and see him.

"We texted Friday morning, and he said it's kind of starting to set in. He's bummed he's not here playing practice rounds with us, and we hate it, too."

Los Angeles County Sheriff deputies gather evidence from Tiger Woods' car after a crash.
Los Angeles County Sheriff deputies gather evidence from the car that golf legend Tiger Woods was driving when seriously injured in a rollover accident on February 23, 2021 in Rolling Hills Estates, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

McIlroy visited last month and saw Woods in much better condition than he expected after seeing photos of the car wreckage.

"It was good to see him in decent spirits," McIlroy said.

"When you hear of these things and you look at the car and you see the crash, it's like, you think he's going to be in a hospital bed for six months. But he was actually doing better than that.

"I know he'd love to be here and I'm sure he's going to put everything he has into trying to be ready to play here next year."

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