At 7:12 AM, the golf superstar was involved in a serious car accident while driving his Genesis GV80 pickup in the town of Rancho Palos Verdes, in Los Angeles County.
The 45-year-old golfer was driving alone on a two-lane highway, over the speed limit, according to Sheriff Alex Villanueva.
Woods lost control of the car, which made several turns to end up on the other side of the street, crashing into the sidewalk and a tree.
Noticing the situation, a neighbor called 911 and alerted the authorities, who moments later arrived at the scene and found the athlete conscious and with no signs of being intoxicated.
Alex Villanueva said blood tests were not done at the crash site, but would be carried out later.
So the cause of the accident is not yet known, however the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is conducting an investigation.
The first to arrive on the scene was Officer Carlos Gonzalez.
“When I arrived at the scene, Mr. Woods was in the driver’s seat,” Gonzalez said. “He was able to talk to me. He seemed calm and lucid. He didn’t seem concerned about his injuries, which are common in car accidents. They may be in shock and not feel pain until later, ”he added.
The injuries were severe, with fractures to both legs, including a compound one and a broken ankle, for which he underwent extensive surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
As for the car, it was completely wrecked and a crane was required to lift it off the slope and onto a tow truck, as seen in this video.
Fortunately, the cockpit of the Genesis GV80 remained intact and did not go to major.
Tiger Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, issued the following statement:
“Tiger Woods was in a car accident this morning in California, where he suffered multiple leg injuries. He is currently in surgery and we thank him for his privacy and support ”.
The Florida-based golfer was in Los Angeles to host the PGA Genesis Invitational, as well as a campaign with Golf Digest / GOLFTV.
Just the day before he had a filming session, where he gave lessons to celebrities such as Jada Pinkett Smith, Dwyane Wade and David Spade.
The 15-time Major Champion and 82-time PGA Tour winner has already had 5 back surgeries, but let’s hope it’s the last to see him back on the golf courses.