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Tiger Woods involved in car accident, hospitalized with leg injuries

This Dec. 19, 2020, file photo shows Tiger Woods watching his tee shot on the first hole during the first round of the PNC Championship golf tournament, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Golf star Tiger Woods was injured Tuesday in a single-vehicle rollover accident in Los Angeles County, authorities said.

Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, confirmed the single-car accident and told Golf Digest’s Daniel Rapaport that the golfer, who was alone in the car, sustained multiple leg injuries.

Woods’ injuries to both legs are not life-threatening, according to authorities.

“He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support,” Steinberg’s statement said.

While the statement says the “jaws of life” were used to extricate Woods, a fire department spokesperson later clarified that an axe and halligan tool was used.

There is no evidence of impairment at this time.

According to police, Woods’ car traveled well over 100 feet before it came to rest. The vehicle hit a curb, a tree and rolled over multiple times.

A KABC-TV 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 and the wreckage looked to be just off the side of a road on a hillside.

The 45-year-old Woods was in California for a Golf Digest and Golf TV shoot.

Woods last played in the PNC Championship on Dec. 20 but recently required surgery on his back to alleviate a pinched nerve.

This is the third time Woods has been involved in a car investigation. The most notorious was the early morning after Thanksgiving in 2009, when his SUV ran over a fire hydrant and hit a tree. That was the start of shocking revelations that he had been cheating on his wife with multiple women. Woods lost major corporate sponsorships, went to a rehabilitation clinic in Mississippi and did not return to golf for five months.

In May 2017, Florida police found him asleep behind the wheel of a car parked awkwardly on the side of the road. He was arrested on a DUI charge and said later he had an unexpected reaction to prescription medicine for his back pain. Woods later pleaded guilty to reckless driving and checked into a clinic to get help with prescription medication and a sleep disorder.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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