• Fri. Feb 26th, 2021

Tiger Woods seriously injured in rollover car crash near Los Angeles

Golf legend Tiger Woods was seriously injured Tuesday in a one-car accident that called for a Jaws of Life rescue in Southern California, authorities said.

Woods’ vehicle was going north on Hawthorne Boulevard at Blackhorse road, on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, at about 7:12 a.m. PST when it crashed and sustained “major damage,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

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He was the driver and only occupant of the vehicle, the sheriff said, adding that Woods was extracted with the Jaws of Life, a tool used to pry open vehicles, and rushed to a hospital.

Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, told NBC News on Tuesday afternoon that Woods was in surgery for multiple leg injuries.

Images of the crash scene showed the sports utility vehicle on its side with the front end almost totally smashed apart.

A vehicle rests on its side after a rollover accident involving golfer Tiger Woods along a road in the Rancho Palos Verdes section of Los Angeles on Feb. 23, 2021. Woods suffered leg injuries in the one-car accident and was undergoing surgery, authorities and his manager said.Ringo H.W. Chiu / AP

Woods also crashed his car just a few days after Thanksgiving 2009 in Florida. The accident inadvertently revealed a bitter marital dispute with then-wife Elin Nordegren, as a host of women came forward to admit to having extra-marital affairs with the famed golfer.

Woods hasn’t played in a tournament this year and is recovering from back surgery in December, his fifth such operation.

The 45-year-old golfer, who is based in Jupiter, Florida, was in Southern California this weekend for the Genesis Invitational, which benefits his foundation.

An HBO documentary last month chronicled Woods’ meteoric rise and public shaming in 2009 and 2010.

Woods is considered one of the greatest golfers in the sport’s history. His 82 tournament wins is tied for most in a career with Sam Snead, and his 15 majors is second only to Jack Nicklaus.

Woods’ last tournament title was at the 2019 Zozo Championship in Japan. His most recent major victory was at the 2019 Masters.

This is a developing story, please refresh here for updates.

Rex Hoggard contributed.