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  • Authorities responded to a single vehicle rollover Tuesday morning just after 7 a.m. local time near the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, a coastal city in Los Angeles County.
  • Police say Woods, who was the only person in the car, had to be extricated from the wreckage.
  • Wood’s agent Mark Steinberg said his client suffered multiple leg injuries and was currently undergoing surgery.

Editor's note: This story was updated on Feb. 24 to reflect that rescuers used tools such as an axe, not the "Jaws of Life," to extricate Woods from the wreckage. 

Golf legend Tiger Woods was injured in a car crash on Tuesday and has been hospitalized in serious condition, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. 

Authorities responded to a single vehicle rollover Tuesday morning just after 7 a.m. local time near the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, a coastal city in Los Angeles County. Photos of the accident show a black SUV turned on its side in an open area with extensive damage. 


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Woods, who was the only person in the car, had to be extricated from the wreckage and was then transported to a local hospital by ambulance for his injuries. The Sheriff's Department initially said Woods was removed from the vehicle with hydraulic tools known as "Jaws of Life," but fire officials now say the tools were not used. Rescuers had used an ax to get Woods out of the car. 

According to The New York Times, Wood’s agent Mark Steinberg said his client suffered multiple leg injuries and was currently undergoing surgery. 

Woods, 45, was in California for a content shoot with Golf Digest/GOLFTV after hosting the PGA Tour’s Genesis Invitational over the weekend. Pictures on social media showed Woods with various celebrities, including former NBA player Dwayne Wade, at an event at the Rolling Hills Country Club near Los Angeles Monday. 

The PGA Tour released a statement saying “on behalf of the PGA Tour and our players, Tiger is in our prayers and will have our full support as he recovers.” 

Former President Trump, who is a friend of Woods, also sent well wishes to the golfer, saying “Get well soon, Tiger. You are a true champion!”


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Published on Feb 23, 2021