'Multiple injuries': Tiger Woods hospitalised after shocking car crash

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·3-min read
Tiger Woods was hospitalised after a major car crash. Image: Twitter/Getty
Tiger Woods was hospitalised after a major car crash. Image: Twitter/Getty

Golf legend Tiger Woods has been rushed to hospital in Los Angeles after his car crashed and rolled over on Tuesday (local time).

Fire crews had to use the 'jaws of life' to get Woods from the vehicle after it rolled and suffered major damage.

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The 45-year-old was then taken to a local hospital by ambulance where he is undergoing surgery.

No other cars were involved in the wreck that injured the golfer.

The full extent of the 15-time major winner's injuries have not been disclosed, however his agent said he suffered "multiple leg injuries".

“Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident this morning in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries,” Mark Steinberg said in the release.

“He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support.”

A KABC-TV helicopter over the scene of Woods' accident showed a car on its side with the front end heavily damaged.

Air bags appeared to be deployed. The wreckage appeared to be just off the side of a road on a hillside.

Woods, whose first name is Eldrick, was the sole occupant of the vehicle, the sheriff's department said.

The crash occurred shortly before 7:15am Tuesday, officials said.

"The vehicle sustained major damage," a sheriff's department statement said.

"The driver and sole occupant was identified as PGA golfer Eldrick "Tiger" Woods.

"Mr Woods was extricated from the wreck with the "jaws of life" by Los Angeles County firefighters and paramedics, then transported to a local hospital by ambulance for his injuries.

"The traffic investigation is being conducted by investigators from LASD Lomita Station."

Woods was in Los Angeles for the PGA Tour's Genesis Invitational, an event where he serves as the tournament host.

He was to spend Monday and Tuesday filming with Discovery-owned GOLFTV, with whom he has an endorsement contract.

One tweet on Monday showed him in a cart smiling with actor David Spade.

Tiger Woods, pictured here after winning the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in 2019.
Tiger Woods celebrates after winning the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in 2019. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods almost certain to miss Masters

Woods is now in major doubt to play at the upcoming Masters tournament.

The 45-year-old, who underwent a fifth back surgery in December, said in a CBS interview during the Genesis Invitational that he could not commit to playing a tournament before the Masters and that even the event itself, from April 8-11, remained uncertain.

Asked specifically about the Masters, he said: "God, I hope so. But I've got to get there first.

"I don't have much wiggle room left. I've got only one back."

Woods won his fifth Masters in 2019, bringing him within one of the record held by Jack Nicklaus, but has missed the cut at three of the six majors since then.

A 15th major title for Woods is four more than any golfer except Nicklaus, who won 18.

Woods has won 82 PGA Tour titles, equal with Sam Snead atop the all-time list.

But at the 2020 Masters, won by Dustin Johnson in November, Woods tied for 38th in what was his most recent official event.

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