Tiger Woods was reportedly in a major car accident on Tuesday morning in southern California which required the golf star to be extricated with the “jaws of life,” according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Woods was said to be traveling northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard when his car crashed and rolled over in what is being reported as a “single vehicle roll-over traffic collision.”
The golf superstar was driving a courtesy vehicle given to PGA Tour players attending the Genesis Invitational. Woods’ foundation manages the PGA Tour stop at Riviera Country Club, where he also acts as tournament host. Woods, the player, has been sidelined since December following back surgery.
The vehicle – reported to be a Genesis GV80 – sustained major damage and Woods was transported to a local hospital for his injuries.
Here’s a pic of the car. pic.twitter.com/cb2TYqBS1n
— Sons of Johnnie LeMaster (@SonsofJohnnieLe) February 23, 2021
The PGA Tour released a statement via Twitter:
“On behalf of the PGA Tour and our players, Tiger is in our prayers and will have our full support as he recovers.”
Statement from the PGA TOUR on Tiger Woods.
Woods was involved in a single-car accident this morning in California and suffered multiple leg injuries. pic.twitter.com/iEx6QUiKcN
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 23, 2021
According to a Golf Digest report, Woods suffered injuries to both legs.
“Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident this morning in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries. He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support,” Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg told the website.
Woods was last seen by millions on the broadcast of CBS where he talked about his possible return at the Masters, following a fifth back surgery.
Tiger Woods joined Jim Nantz in the booth and spoke about his recovery from back surgery. pic.twitter.com/3TyTHgRFPA
— GOLFonCBS (@GOLFonCBS) February 21, 2021
According to Golf Channel, Woods had stayed in L.A. following the Genesis event to take part in a two-day content shoot with Golf Digest and Golf TV (both owned by Discovery) at Rolling Hills Country Club. Woods has an endorsement contract with Golf TV.
The LA Sherriff’s Department is saying the injuries are not “life threatening.”
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) February 23, 2021