The athlete suffered multiple leg injuries and is receiving surgical treatment, his agent said Tuesday.
Legendary golfer Tiger Woods has been injured in a car accident, Los Angeles authorities said Tuesday.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said it responded to a single-vehicle rollover collision at 7:12 a.m. Pacific Time and extricated Woods from the vehicle — which “sustained major damage” — using the jaws of life.
Woods was in “serious” condition and taken to a local hospital via helicopter for treatment, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said in a separate statement.
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg told Golf Digest that the golfer has “multiple leg injuries” and is undergoing surgery. “We thank you for your privacy and support.” Steinberg did not immediately respond to a request for comment from BuzzFeed News.
Authorities said that the car rolled off the road near the upscale Los Angeles suburban communities of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes. Aerial images from the scene show extensive damage to the vehicle.
The Florida athlete was in Los Angeles to host the Genesis Invitational golf tournament. Woods, who underwent back surgery in December, sat out the match but presented the trophy to winner Max Homa on Sunday.
The champion last competed in the PGA family tournament, the PNC Championship, with his 11-year-old son Charlie on Dec. 20. Three days later, he underwent back surgery to remove a “pressurized disc fragment” that pained him as he golfed in the tournament.
“I’m feeling fine, little bit stiff,” Woods told CBS on Sunday when asked about his recovery. “Plan is to get the MRI and see if the annulus is healed, and scarred over, and then start progressing.”
December’s surgery was Woods’ fifth microdiscectomy procedure. The athlete’s back injuries have plagued him throughout his career, and Woods said Sunday that he hoped he would be able to recover in time for the Masters Tournament in April.
“I got to get there first,” he said. “Lot of it is based off my surgeons, my doctors, my therapists and making sure I do [the recovery] correctly. This is the only back I got, and I don’t have much wiggle room left there.”
Woods spent Monday filming a show for GolfTV with a number of high-profile guests, among them actor David Spade and NBA player Dwyane Wade, according to images and video posted on social media.
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