UPDATE: Tiger Woods sustains ‘multiple leg injuries’ in car crash
Los Angeles – Tiger Woods is in surgery after suffering “multiple leg injuries” in a car crash in Los Angeles, California.
The LA County Sheriff’s Department said that it “responded to a single-vehicle rollover” accident in which the “vehicle sustained major damage”.
The 15-time golf major champion, 45, had to be “extricated from the wreck” by firefighters and paramedics.
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg said: “He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support.”
Steinberg confirmed the detail about the American having sustained “multiple leg injuries”.
Woods was at the Riviera Country Club in LA at the weekend as host of the Genesis Invitational tournament.
A statement from the LA County Sheriff’s Department said it responded to the crash “on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes” on Tuesday morning local time.
It added: “Mr Woods was extricated from the wreck with the ‘jaws of life’ by Los Angeles County firefighters and paramedics, then transported to a local hospital by ambulance for his injuries.”
The LA County Fire Department said: “Units dispatched at 07:22 and found a single-vehicle rollover. One adult male was assisted out of the vehicle and transported to a local area hospital in serious condition.”
World number three Justin Thomas is one of Woods’ best friends on the tour and expressed concern for his compatriot.
“I’m sick to my stomach,” Thomas said. “You know, it hurts to see one of your . . . closest friends get in an accident.
“Man, I just hope he’s all right. Just worry for his kids, you know. I’m sure they’re struggling.”
A statement from PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said: “We are awaiting further information when he comes out of surgery.
“On behalf of the PGA Tour and our players, Tiger is in our prayers and will have our full support as he recovers.” (BBC)