Tiger Woods is undergoing surgery after sustaining leg injuries in a rollover accident in Los Angeles on Tuesday, his agent said in a statement. Woods, 45, was pulled from the wreckage with the “jaws of life” by first responders, authorities said.
MPs responded to the scene at 7:12 a.m. local time on Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a declaration. Woods was the only person inside the vehicle, who suffered “major damage” in the crash.
An investigation is underway. No other car was involved in the accident.
His agent, Mark Steinberg, told CBS Sports that Woods “suffered multiple leg injuries” in the crash. “He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support,” he said.
Woods, a Florida resident, was in Los Angeles to host the Genesis Invitational tournament. He has spent the last two days filming with Discovery GOLFTV, including former professional basketball player Dwayne Wade. Wade posted a video of their meeting this morning.
A CBS Los Angeles helicopter video showed the vehicle overturned on its side, with extensive damage to the front of the vehicle.
Woods, widely regarded as one of the greatest golfers of all time, has 82 career PGA Tour victories, including 15 major championships.
Woods is recovering from extensive back surgery and has not played since the PNC Championship in December. On February 16, Woods said he was still in rehabilitation after the procedure. He has not confirmed whether he will appear at the Masters 2021 in April.
The professional golfer has been at the center of several surveys in the past. In 2009, Woods was involved in an accident when he lost control of his SUV, hitting a fire hydrant and a tree. The incident revealed that he had cheated on his wife and sparked the biggest scandal of his career.
In 2017, Woods was arrested after he was found asleep while driving his car. He pleaded guilty and sought medical help.
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