Golfer Tiger Woods Hospitalized After Serious Car Crash…

Tiger Woods is in surgery after suf­fer­ing “mul­ti­ple leg injuries” in a car crash in Los Angeles, California.

The LA County Sheriff’s Department said that it “respond­ed to a sin­gle-vehi­cle rollover” acci­dent in which the “vehi­cle sus­tained major damage”.

American Woods, 45, had to be “extri­cat­ed from the wreck” by fire­fight­ers and paramedics.

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg said: “He is cur­rent­ly in surgery and we thank you for your pri­va­cy and support.”(BBCSPORTS)

The LA County Sheriff’s Department said that it “respond­ed to a sin­gle-vehi­cle rollover” acci­dent in which the “vehi­cle sus­tained major dam­age”. The 15-time golf major cham­pi­on, 45, had to be “extri­cat­ed from the wreck” by fire­fight­ers and para­medics. Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg said: “He is cur­rent­ly in surgery and we thank you for your pri­va­cy and sup­port.” Steinberg con­firmed the detail about the American hav­ing sus­tained “mul­ti­ple leg injuries”. Woods was at the Riviera Country Club in LA at the week­end as host of the Genesis Invitational tournament.

A state­ment from the LA County Sheriff’s Department said it respond­ed to the crash “on the bor­der of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes” on Tuesday morn­ing local time.
It added: “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 LA County Fire Department said:“Units dis­patched at 07:22 and found a sin­gle-vehi­cle rollover. One adult male was assist­ed out of the vehi­cle and trans­port­ed to a local area hos­pi­tal in seri­ous con­di­tion. World num­ber three Justin Thomas is one of Woods’ best friends on the tour and expressed con­cern for his com­pa­tri­ot. “I’m sick to my stom­ach,” Thomas said. “You know, it hurts to see one of your… clos­est friends get in an acci­dent. “Man, I just hope he’s all right. Just wor­ry for his kids, you know. I’m sure they’re strug­gling.” A state­ment from PGA Tour com­mis­sion­er Jay Monahan said: “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.”

Woods was involved in a car crash in November 2009 which even­tu­al­ly led to admis­sions of infi­deli­ty and the break­down of his mar­riage. He then took a break from golf but returned short­ly after­ward. Following five wins in 2013, Woods start­ed just 24 events in the next four years because of chron­ic back pain and mul­ti­ple surg­eries. In 2017 Woods was arrest­ed on sus­pi­cion of dri­ving under the influ­ence when he was found asleep at the wheel of his car. He lat­er plead­ed guilty to reck­less dri­ving. He had five pre­scrip­tion drugs in his sys­tem as he recov­ered from the spinal fusion surgery that ulti­mate­ly gave him a sec­ond golf­ing career. Woods end­ed an 11-year wait for a major title when he won the Masters at Augusta in 2019.
He joint­ly holds the record for most PGA Tour wins at 82 with Sam Snead and is three behind Jack Nicklaus’ mark of 18 major titles. Woods recent­ly said he had hoped to play in this year’s Masters in April after hav­ing a fifth back surgery in January. 

He end­ed 2019 sixth in golf’s world rank­ings but is now 50thBBC golf cor­re­spon­dent Iain Carter told BBC Radio 5 Live: “Tiger Woods has had this extra­or­di­nary life which has had such mas­sive highs on the golf course but some extra­or­di­nary lows in his per­son­al life. “This is now a very seri­ous sit­u­a­tion for his career. “He was on American tele­vi­sion on Sunday. A lot of observers were con­cerned at how hes­i­tant he was about the nature of the progress that was being made in terms of his recov­ery and whether or not he would be fit for the Masters. “All thoughts of that now go com­plete­ly out of the win­dow and are no longer a priority.”

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