Tiger Woods has been hospitalized after a significant single-car crash in Los Angeles County on Tuesday morning. The accident was severe, with officials needing to use the jaws of life in order to remove the world-famous golfer from his car, which rolled off of the road and was flipped over.
"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," Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. "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, Woods' agent, confirmed that it was the 45-year-old who was in the crash, saying that Woods was "currently in surgery" after suffering "multiple leg injuries."
Police said that they do not believe that alcohol was a cause of the accident but did not rule out other possible substances. Woods recently had back surgery, which he said could keep him out of the upcoming Masters tournament in April. The golfer was arrested back in 2017 when he was found passed out behind the wheel of his car. He told the police that he had taken prescription medication before driving.
Woods was in L.A. for his annual Genesis Invitational golf tournament at the Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades.