Tiger Woods sustained multiple leg injuries early February 23 when he was involved in a single-car accident in Los Angeles County. The accident continued the golf icon’s years of misfortune while driving.
After removing Woods from his vehicle with the “jaws of life,” the golfer was taken by ambulance to Harbor UCLA Medical Center.
“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,” a police spokesperson reported.
Tiger Woods traveling solo
“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.”
A KABC-TV (Loss Angeles) helicopter over the scene of Woods’ accident showed a car on its side with the front end heavily damaged. Air bags appeared to be deployed. The wreckage appeared to be just off the side of a road on a hillside.
According to CNN, another vehicle stopped after the crash and was rear-ended. It was not involved in the initial rollover crash.
Woods, 45, an 82-time PGA Tour winner, was in the Southern California area for his annual Genesis Invitational golf tournament at the Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades.
Woods recently had another in his long series of back surgeries and he recently said his recovery could recent back surgery could keep him out of the upcoming Masters tournament in Augusta, Georgia.
Now, his multiple leg injures from his car accident place his future golfing career in limbo.
Woods injuries were described as “moderate to critical.”
It’s not the first time Tiger Woods has been in a high-profile car accident.
In 2009, he crashed his sport utility vehicle near his home in Florida.
Woods was arrested in 2017 after police found him passed out behind the wheel of his car.
Woods said he had taken prescription medication before the accident and didn’t realize how the medication would affect his ability to drive.
Woods last competed with his son at the PNC Championship, which ended December 20 in Orlando, Florida. He then underwent a microdiscectomy procedure to remove a pressurized disc fragment that was pinching a nerve.
Before his most recent surgery, his fifth since his spinal fusion in April 2017, Woods recovered to win the 2019 Masters.
Article Last Updated: February 23, 2021.
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