Early this morning, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single vehicle roll-over traffic collision on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes. The driver was none other than PGA golfer Tiger Woods, who was in town serving as host for the Genesis Invitational golf tournament.
According to a statement from LASD, Woods was “extricated from the wreck with the ‘jaws of life’ by Los Angeles County firefighters and paramedics”, after which he was transported to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for emergency surgery, having suffered multiple leg injuries.
Many people asked about the SUV that he was driving, and I immediately recognized it as the new Genesis GV80, those taillights unmistakable. As it turns out, this was a courtesy vehicle from the golf tournament he was hosting, and it sustained major damage, having flipped over several times. You can see the aftermath below:
Images have been released from the scene of Tiger Woods' car accident today 😓 The 15-time Major winner's condition is not life threatening according to reports, with his agent Mark Steinberg saying he has suffered multiple leg injuries. Get well soon Tiger 🙏 pic.twitter.com/KnEi4UAFgD
— Golf Monthly (@GolfMonthly) February 23, 2021
Thankfully, Tiger Woods was the only passenger in the car, and authorities noted that he was conscious when first responders arrived at the scene and was calm and lucid, asserting that there was “no evidence of impairment,” despite the fact that this is a seemingly calm section of road, and it’s unclear how exactly he veered off the road.
We’ll be sure to keep you guys updated as more news is released.
Update on February 24:
Tiger Woods underwent surgery yesterday after suffering comminuted open fractures to the upper and lower sections of his right leg along with significant trauma to his ankle. A rod was inserted into the tibia to stabilize Woods’ leg. The golfer suffered addition injuries to his foot and ankle that required stabilization with a combination of screws and pins. He’s currently awake, responsive, and recovering in his hospital room.
Update on February 26:
Woods underwent unspecified follow-up procedures at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after being transported from the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center on Wednesday night. Cedars-Sinai has catered to professional athletes on numerous occasions due to a renowned Sports Medicine Institute and a rehab program for sports-related and orthopedic injuries.
Update on March 16:
Tiger Woods is back at home in Florida and continuing his recovery, releasing the following statement on social media:
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) March 16, 2021
Given the extent of his injuries, it’s hard to say if Tiger Woods will ever play golf again. But honestly, he’s just lucky to be alive, and that’s what’s most important.