Tiger Woods suffers 'multiple leg injuries' after auto crash in Los Angeles

Henrietta Brewer
February 26, 2021

Golfer Tiger Woods was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday (Feb 23) after suffering multiple injuries when his auto went off a road and rolled over, requiring the "jaws of life" to extricate him.

Shortly after 7 a.m. local time, emergency personnel arrived on the scene where firefighters extricated Woods from the heavily-damaged vehicle following a rollover, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Mr Woods was the only person in the auto when it crashed at around 7am this morning local time.

Woods' agent Mark Steinberg said: "He is now in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support".

Tiger Woods Crash

A KABC-TV helicopter over the wreck showed a vehicle on its side, with its front end heavily damaged just off the side of a road near a hillside. The jaws of life refers to tools used to pry open vehicles involved in accidents when a victim may be trapped.

Woods was in Los Angeles over the weekend as the tournament host of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera, where he presented the trophy.

News of the accident sent shockwaves through the sports world.

"Praying for my brother @TigerWoods as we all anxiously await more news", former baseball star Alex Rodriguez said on Twitter.

The biggest influence on Woods' career was undoubtedly his father Earl, a retired US Army lieutenant colonel who named his son Eldrick but gave him the nickname Tiger after a Vietnamese soldier he had befriended during the war.

"You know, it hurts to see one of your. now one of my closest friends get in an accident".

Now, we wait and hope for Tiger the man, and a future once again in question.

Tiger Woods hits a shot on the 4th hole during the final round of the Masters, November 15, 2020.

The 15-time major champion was in the process of recovering from the fifth back surgery of his career, which he underwent in January after experiencing "discomfort" whilst playing at the PNC Championship in December.

Woods turned professional in 1996 and his talent and charisma meant he soon transcended golf and became a global icon.

His success on the greens transformed him into a worldwide superstar ushering in an era of multi-million dollar endorsements and lucrative appearance money and spread the sport to an audience far beyond its traditional image of male, white and middle-class.

When Woods' world ranking plummeted outside 1,100, even his most ardent fans would have struggled to dream up what happened next. He won 14 majors in just 11 years and, after winning the US Open in 2008, looked set to stroll past the all-time record of 18 set by Jack Nicklaus.

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