Tiger Woods is shown on Sunday at the Genesis Invitational golf tournament. He is now in surgery
Tiger Woods is undergoing surgery after sustaining ‘multiple leg injuries’ in a serious car crash in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning.
The 45-year-old golfer was driving alone near Rancho Palos Verdes when his Genesis GV80 flipped over at 7.12am.
Firefighters had to use a device known as the ‘jaws of life’ to break open the car and rescue him.
He was then taken to an unspecified L.A. hospital where he is now undergoing surgery to correct ‘multiple injuries’ on his legs, his agent Mark Steinberg said in a statement shortly after the crash.
‘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,’ Steinberg said.
Woods was previously arrested on a DUI in 2017.
The cause of Tuesday’s crash is unknown but sheriffs are investigating. An anonymous source cited by TMZ on Tuesday said they didn’t think alcohol was involved.
Woods recently underwent his fifth back surgery and has not been playing competitively while he recovers.
He lives in Florida but was in California for a two-day video shoot with Golf Digest/GOLFTV, which involved him giving on-camera golf lessons to celebrities, after completing hosting duties at the PGA Genesis Invitational over the weekend.
On Monday, he was seen with Jada Pinkett Smith, Dwyane Wade and David Spade at the Rolling Hills Country Club near where the crash happened. He is understood to have been on his way to the course on Tuesday for the second day of the shoot when he crashed.
The wreckage of Woods’ car on Tuesday after the crash shortly at 7am. He had to be pulled from the wreckage
This is how far the golfer’s car was from the road. The cause of the crash is unclear
Sources told DailyMail.com he was driving a Genesis GV80 which had been lent to him by the car company while he was in California to host the PGA Tour’s Genesis Invitational over the weekend
Police markings on the road suggest that Woods crossed the central reservation from right to left before crashing in the greenery
On Monday, Woods filmed with David Spade and Jada Pinkett Smith for GolfTV. He was staying in L.A. for a two-day shoot after hosting the PGA tournament over the weekend
Dwyane Wade was also on the golf course with him on Monday afternoon
Pinkett Smith uploaded photos of her on the golf course with him on Instagram, writing alongside them: ‘Guess who I had the most awesome golf day with yesterdayyyyyy??? Yes! The magnificent @tigerwoods!!!!
‘Yes … dreams come true✨I can’t wait for you to see my golf journey with Tiger. Stay tuned! @golftv @golfdigest’
David Spade also tweeted a photo with him.
‘Golf lesson with this guy today. And you know what? He’s not bad… He picks things up very quickly. Good listener,’ he captioned it.
Wayde uploaded a video of the pair where Woods was in high spirits.
They joked around about Wayde’s ability. Woods laughed: ‘We’re getting better!’
Sources told DailyMail.com he was driving a Genesis GV80 which had been lent to him by the car company while he was in California to host the PGA Genesis Invitational over the weekend.
Images taken at the scene show police markings traversing the road and going over the central reservation which suggests that is the path Woods took.
In a statement, the sheriff’s department said: ‘On February 23, at approximately 7.12am, LASD responded to a single vehicle roll-over traffic collision on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes.
The crash happened on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes in LA om Tuesday morning
‘On February 23, at approximately 7.12am, LASD responded to a single vehicle roll-over traffic collision on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes.
‘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 LA County firefighters and paramedics, then transported to a local hospital by ambulance for his injuries.’
It is unclear which hospital he has been taken to, and what type of surgery he is undergoing.
Woods lives with his girlfriend, Erica Herman, in his mansion in Jupiter, Florida.
His agent recently hit out at an HBO documentary about him that he says is ‘salaciois’ and ‘just another unauthorized and salacious outsider attempt to paint an incomplete portrait of one of the greatest athletes of all-time’.
The documentary focuses on his childhood and his relationship with his father Earl, and also includes interviews with kindergarten teachers and former girlfriends.
Woods does not appear and he has always been shy of sharing details of his personal life. He has two kids with his ex-wife Elin Nordegren. They divorced in 2010 after his infidelity was exposed.