Tiger Woods sustained severe leg accidents on Tuesday after the luxurious S.U.V. he was driving struck the median of a street in Los Angeles County, crossed over into the other lane of visitors and rolled over a number of occasions earlier than coming to a cease in a grassy space a number of hundred ft from the place he had been driving, the authorities mentioned.
Emergency staff rushed to the scene simply after 7 a.m. Pacific time and took Woods, 45, to the closest trauma middle, the place the golfer’s supervisor mentioned he had gone into surgical procedure. The authorities mentioned that Woods was in severe however secure situation at Harbor-U.C.L.A. Medical Center, and that his accidents didn’t seem like life-threatening.
Woods was aware and in a position to converse to deputies after they arrived, giving them his title and showing “lucid and calm,” mentioned Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, who was the primary officer on the scene. Woods was not in a position to stand on his personal due to his accidents, Deputy Gonzalez mentioned.
Woods was driving close to the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes and was heading downhill alongside a street the place individuals usually drive over the 45 m.p.h. pace restrict, Sheriff Alex Villanueva of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department mentioned at a information convention.
Sheriff Villanueva mentioned solely that Woods seemed to be driving at a “greater speed than normal” and that he didn’t appear to be impaired by medicine or alcohol. He added that as a result of Woods didn’t appear to be impaired, “there was no effort to draw blood, for example, at the hospital.”
The sheriff mentioned it was not but clear what had induced the crash. No different automobiles had been struck, and there have been no skid marks on the scene, he mentioned.
Mark Steinberg, Woods’s longtime agent, mentioned in an announcement round midday that the golfer was “currently in surgery,” including: “We thank you for your privacy and support.”
Deputy Gonzalez mentioned that when he arrived on the scene, Woods didn’t initially seem like too apprehensive about his accidents, which the officer mentioned was frequent with crashes when individuals are in shock. He mentioned that Woods was carrying his seatbelt and that the airbags on his S.U.V. deployed.
“He told me his name was Tiger, and at that moment, I immediately recognized him,” Deputy Gonzalez mentioned on the information convention.
Woods was driving a Genesis S.U.V., which is made by Hyundai’s luxurious division. Last weekend, he hosted a PGA Tour occasion at Riviera Country Club in Southern California, the Genesis Invitational, which is sponsored by the automotive division. Riviera is the place he made his PGA Tour debut in 1992.
Woods’s automobile was touring north on Hawthorne Boulevard on the intersection of Blackhorse Road when it crashed, putting a “Welcome to Rolling Hills Estates” signal and hitting a tree because it rolled over, Villanueva mentioned.
Video from native tv stations confirmed Woods’s automobile on its facet in an open, grassy space, with its hood crumpled and its windshield damaged.
The Sheriff’s Office initially mentioned Woods had been faraway from the automobile with a hydraulic spreader device often called “Jaws of Life,” however fireplace officers later mentioned that device was not used. Daryl L. Osby, the chief of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, mentioned rescuers had used an ax, amongst different instruments, to get Woods out of the S.U.V.
Chief Osby mentioned that Woods had accidents to each legs and that he was positioned on a seat with a backboard as a regular precaution after severe crashes, in case of doable spinal accidents.
Woods has not performed competitively since December, and he had his fifth again operation in January, a process referred to as a microdiscectomy, to take away a pressurized disc fragment that was pinching a nerve. Interviewed on the printed of the Genesis Invitational, Woods mentioned he had begun working towards once more, and he appeared comfortable, smiling and joking with CBS announcers about his progress from the surgical procedure. But he supplied no timetable for his return to aggressive golf.
He solely mentioned he had hoped to renew enjoying by the Masters Tournament, which is held within the first full week of April.
On Monday, at an occasion on the Rolling Hills Country Club close to Los Angeles, photos on social media confirmed Woods fortunately interacting with varied celebrities, together with the N.B.A. participant Dwyane Wade. During the perform, Woods gave gamers golf suggestions and restricted instruction however was not swinging a golf membership.