Sports fans are on edge this morning after the headline, Tiger Woods Hospitalised began appearing on news websites around the world. The fifteen-time major winner was driving along a Los Angeles Highway when his car rolled off a hillside. Woods is reportedly undergoing surgery for “multiple leg injuries”, but police did not believe the injuries to be life-threatening.
Initial reports claimed Woods had to be removed from the wreckage via the jaws of life, but emergency services crews have since clarified that they used a halligan tool and an axe.
Woods’s manager Mark Steinberg has released a statement updating fans on the situation.
“Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident this morning in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries. He is currently in surgery, and we thank you for your privacy and support,” Mr Steinberg said.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the vehicle sustained significant damage.
The sheriff’s department also confirmed an investigation into whether Woods was under the influence of narcotics or alcohol would take place.
In scenes that were eerily reminiscent of LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant’s fatal crash last January, footage from a local television helicopter flying over the scene showed devastating wreckage. Wood’s dark grey Genesis sports utility vehicle was flipped on its side and heavily damaged.
— Getty Images Sport (@GettySport) February 23, 2021
This is the third time Woods has been involved in a car-related investigation and threatens to derail his appearance at the Masters in April.
“We have been made aware of Tiger Woods’ car accident today,” reads a statement issued by the PGA.
“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.”
— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) February 23, 2021
The sports world was quick to react to the crash news, with fellow athletes taking to Twitter to wish Woods’ the best in his recovery.
Heal up quickly @TigerWoods! Praying for you and your family. God is in control always. Stay strong
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) February 23, 2021
Fight @tigerwoods like the champion you are for your kids and the world. Love and prayers
— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) February 23, 2021
Praying for my brother @TigerWoods as we all anxiously await more news.
Thinking of him and his entire family. 🙏 https://t.co/jpWbI3cLvO
— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) February 23, 2021