Golf legend Tiger Woods was seriously injured Tuesday in a one-car crash in Southern California, officials said, calling for a Jaws of Life rescue.
On Hawthorne Boulevard at Blackhorse Lane, at the boundary of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, Woods’ vehicle was heading north at around 7:12 a.m. “When it crashed and sustained “significant damage,”
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He was the driver and only occupant of the car, said the sheriff, adding that with the Jaws of Life, a method used to pry open cars, Woods was removed and rushed to a hospital.
On Tuesday afternoon, Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, told NBC News that Woods had been operated on for multiple leg injuries.
The sports utility vehicle on its side revealed photos of the accident scene with the front end almost entirely smashed apart.
Just a few days after Thanksgiving 2009 in Florida, Woods also crashed his motorcycle. As a host of women came forward to confess to having extra-marital affairs with the famous golfer, the accident unintentionally exposed a bitter marital dispute with then-wife Elin Nordegren.
This year, Woods did not participate in a tournament and is recovering from back surgery in December, his fifth such surgery.
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This weekend, the 45-year-old golfer, based in Jupiter, Florida, was in Southern California for the Genesis Invitational, which will benefit his foundation.
Last month, an HBO documentary chronicled the meteoric rise and public embarrassment of Woods in 2009 and 2010.
Woods is regarded as one of the best golfers in the history of the sport. His 82 tournament wins are tied with Sam Snead for most in a career, and his 15 majors are second only to Jack Nicklaus.