Golfing champion Tiger Woods was hospitalized in Los Angeles on Tuesday with extreme leg injuries suffered when his car veered off a street and rolled down a steep hillside, requiring rescue crews to pry him from the wreckage, authorities stated.
The injuries weren’t believed to be life-threatening, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva advised a information convention hours later, including that Woods was acutely aware and “able to communicate” when rescue personnel arrived.
The sheriff stated there was no proof of impairment when Woods was assessed by emergency staff on the scene, and that no blood samples have been drawn by investigators after he was rushed by ambulance to the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby stated Woods suffered serious injuries to each legs and that he was initially listed in serious however steady situation. CNN reported Woods sustained compound fractures to his legs.
Carlos Gonzales, a sheriff’s deputy who was the primary to succeed in the wreck, described Woods, who was carrying his seatbelt, as “calm and lucid,” and stated he acknowledged the golf nice after Woods advised the officer his title was “Tiger.”
Video footage from the crash scene confirmed Woods’ darkish grey Genesis sport utility automobile badly crumpled and mendacity on its facet close to the underside of the hillside, its home windows smashed.
Woods, 45, a 15-time Grand Slam champion and one of many world’s most celebrated sports activities figures, was the only occupant of the car when it crashed at about 7:12 a.m. close to the suburban communities of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, the sheriff’s division stated.
“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, stated earlier in a press release given to Golf Digest journalist Daniel Rapaport.
Villanueva stated Woods’ automobile struck a tree and rolled over a number of instances after swerving off the roadway and down the embankment.
The sheriff’s division initially stated a rescue device referred to as “the jaws of life” was used to pry Woods from the wreckage. Fire division officers later stated emergency personnel pulled Woods from the automobile by way of the entrance windshield after the glass was eliminated.
Woods’ success on the greens remodeled him right into a worldwide famous person, ushering in an period of multimillion-dollar endorsements and profitable look cash and unfold the game to an viewers far past its conventional picture of male, white and middle-class.
He was additionally a significant affect on the trendy technology of golfers akin to Australian world No. 1 Jason Day, who has stated he learn a e book about Woods and determined to repeat the American’s excessive work ethic.
Woods, whose profession has been hampered in current years by again injuries and underwent his fifth again surgical procedure in December, hosted the PGA tour’s annual Genesis Invitational on the Riviera Country Club over the weekend however didn’t compete.
He was seen on the Rolling Hills Country Club on Monday with actress Jada Pinkett Smith, former basketball star Dwayne Wade and comic David Spade.
‘PRAYING FOR TW’
News that Woods, the best golfer of his technology, had been injured in a serious car wreck despatched shockwaves by way of the sports activities world.
“Praying for my brother @TigerWoods as we all anxiously await more news,” former baseball star Alex Rodriguez stated on Twitter. “Thinking of him and his entire family.”
“I’m sick to my abdomen,” fellow PGA Tour golfer Justin Thomas stated throughout a information convention in which he referred to as Woods certainly one of his closest pals. “I just hope he’s alright.”
Former Woods girlfriend, Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, tweeted merely: “Praying for TW”
The PGA Tour issued a press release from Commissioner Jay Monahan. “We are awaiting further information when he comes out of surgery. On behalf of the PGA TOUR and our players, Tiger is in our prayers and will have our full support as he recovers.”
Former U.S. President Donald Trump, who has performed golf with Woods on a number of events and awarded him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2019, issued a press release urging Woods to get effectively quickly, including: “You are a true champion!”
California-born Eldrick “Tiger” Woods turned skilled in 1996 and received his first U.S. Tour title in solely his fifth begin. Since then, he has nearly redefined the sport.
Woods held the highest spot in skilled golf’s world rankings for a document complete of 683 weeks, successful 14 main championship titles between 1997 and 2008.
After a collection of injuries and private points derailed his profession at instances, Woods claimed his fifteenth main title on the Masters in 2019, his fifth time incomes the coveted inexperienced jacket given to Masters champions.
His 15 main titles stands second solely to the document 18 received by Jack Nicklaus.