American golf legend, Eldrick ‘Tiger’ Woods was on Tuesday involved in a single-car crash in the US state of California, suffering “multiple leg injuries”.
Confirming the accident, the Los Angeles County Sheriff said Wood’s car rolled over and sustained ‘major damage”, adding that no other vehicle was involved in the accident.
He was reported to be conscious and responsive when the local fire department arrived at the scene of the accident. He was removed from the wreckage and rushed to the hospital.
Although his injuries have been described as “non-life-threatening”, Woods underwent surgery at the nearby Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for multiple compound fractures in both legs and a shattered ankle. Medical authorities are expected to provide an update on the extent of his injuries following surgery, reports Sky Sports.
The Sheriff’s statement read: “On February 23, 2021, at approximately 7:12 AM, LASD responded to a single vehicle roll-over traffic collision on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes. The vehicle was traveling northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard, at Blackhorse Road, when it crashed. The vehicle sustained major damage.
“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.”
Mark Steinberg, his manager said, “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 has been in Los Angeles as tournament host for last week’s Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club, but the 15-time major champion is currently unable to play, or even practice, following further back surgery towards the end of December.