Sunday, February 28

Tiger Woods injured in car crash in California

The golfer had to be removed from the vehicle with the ‘jaws of life’ after the single-vehicle accident.

Tiger Woods is hospitalised following a single-vehicle accident Tuesday morning.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, Woods was the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, which rolled over at and crashed off a road at at 7:12 am PST (15:12 GST) on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, California. The sheriff’s office said his vehicle “sustained major damage”.

“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 statement said.

Woods is undergoing surgery for “multiple leg injuries” his agent Mark Steinberg said, according to multiple news reports.

The 45-year-old Woods attended the PGA Tour’s Genesis Invitational in Pacific Palisades, California, this past weekend, although he did not compete in the tournament as he is recovering from recent back surgery.

“I’m feeling fine, little bit stiff,” Woods told CBS during their broadcast of the tournament. “Have one more MRI scheduled to see if the annulus has scarred over finally, and then I can start doing more activities. Still in the gym, still doing the mundane stuff that you have to do for rehab, the little things before you can start gravitating towards something a little more.”

Woods has a recent history of high-profile car incidents, the first in 2009 when his vehicle hit a fire hydrant and collided with a tree near his Florida home. It turned out Woods was fleeing his wife, Elin Nordegren, who discovered he had been involved in extramarital affairs, and who chased him out of their home wielding a golf club.

That episode tarnished Woods’ squeaky-clean reputation and led to the loss of sponsorships and a break from the pro golf circuit for several months.

Then in 2017, Woods was found by police asleep behind the wheel on the side of a road in Florida and was arrested for driving under the influence. Woods blamed the prescription medication he was taking for back pain.

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