Update (1800ET): The sheriff's office offered a few confirmations and clarifications to reporters during a press briefing about the accident involving golf star Tiger Woods earlier on Tuesday. Though the jaws of life weren't used to extricate Woods, the sheriff said, but an axe, Halligan bar and other tools were used. Woods was found alive and conscience, with "no evidence of impairment" - there was no effort to draw blood from Woods or anything like that once he was brought to the hospital.
According to police, Woods was traveling at "greater than normal" speed at the time of the crash, and he hit a curb and then a tree.
Woods was conscious when he was found by paramedics, but police refused to share details from his communications with first responder. Woods sustained serious injuries to both legs, and his condition was described as severe but stable.
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Update (1710ET): As it turns out, the bit about Woods being extracted with the jaws of life was "fake news".
LA fire captain clarifies that the jaws of life were NOT needed to extract Tiger from the car -- hand tools were used— Kavitha A. Davidson (@kavithadavidson) February 23, 2021
We're still waiting on the press conference.
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Update (1700ET): As we wait to learn more about Woods' condition, condolences are pouring in from around the world.
Woods' ex-girlfriend Lindsey Vonn tweeted that she was "praying" for "TW".
Praying for TW right now 🙏🏻— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) February 23, 2021
Footage of the car has been shared with the news media.
Masters' Chairman Fred Riley also tweeted on behalf of the tournament.
“Tiger Woods is part of the Augusta National family, and the news of his accident is upsetting to all of us. We pray for him, for his full recovery and for his family during this difficult time.” – Chairman Fred Ridley— The Masters (@TheMasters) February 23, 2021
Emergency personnel responded to the accident at 0712PT in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. A police source told the press that the initial report from the accident scene indicated the possibility of two broken legs, though the injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. Though word on the street is that Woods' golfing career is in jeopardy.
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Update (1555ET): President Trump has released a statement offering his condolences to Woods via his spokesman Jason Miller.
Statement from Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America:— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) February 23, 2021
“Get well soon, Tiger. You are a true champion!”
Trump, a noted golf enthusiast who owns an empire of courses, has golfed with Woods in the past.
The LA County Sheriff's office will hold a press briefing about the accident at 1800ET.
I will be holding a press conference in front of Lomita Sheriff’s Station today at 3 PM. https://t.co/D86vyS6hLk— Alex Villanueva (@LACoSheriff) February 23, 2021
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Golfer Tiger Woods has reportedly been injured in a car accident in California's Ranchos Palos Verdes at Hawthorne Blvd near Blackhorse Road.
Fire crews were reportedly called to the scene as authorities reportedly needed to use the jaws of life to help rescue Woods from the car. Reports claim it was a single-car accident, according tovv. Woods was apparently in town for a photo shoot for the magazine, according to Golf Digest.
"He is currently in surgery," Steinberg told Golf Digest, “and we thank you for your privacy and support."
Woods, 45, was in California for a two-day content shoot with Golf Digest/GOLFTV after serving as host for the PGA Tour's Genesis Invitational over the weekend. Pictures surfaced on social media of Woods smiling with Dwayne Wade and David Spade at Rolling Hills Country Club on Monday, but with his movement still restricted, he did not hit balls or play any holes. The shoot involved Woods giving on-course lessons to a number of celebrities, but he mostly provided instruction and hit a few putts. He was in good spirits on Monday but did not arrive to the course for the second day of shooting.
The accident reportedly occurred in Palos Verdes, a tony section of LA County that’s home to several golf courses, including Palos Verdes Golf Club, which is known for its ocean views. Woods had been recovering from back surgery at the time of the accident.
Just this past week, Woods took photos with stars like David Spade and Dwyane Wade, and announced his recent back surgery could keep him out of the upcoming Masters tournament in Augusta, Georgia.
LA County Sheriff released a statement via Twitter.
Here's the text from the statement:
"On February 23, 2021, at approximately 7:12 AM, LASD responded to a single vehicle roll-over traffic collision on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes. The vehicle was traveling northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard, at Blackhorse Road, when it crashed. The vehicle sustained major damage. The driver and sole occupant was identified as PGA golfer, Eldrick "Tiger" Woods. Mr. Woods was extricated from the wreck with the “jaws of life” by Los Angeles County firefighters and paramedics, then transported to a local hospital by ambulance for his injuries."
Early reports also claim Woods is in the operating room with two broken legs. Later, reporters updated their stories to show Woods had suffered multiple leg injuries.
Story updated with statement from Woods' agent Mark Steinberg:— Daniel Rapaport (@Daniel_Rapaport) February 23, 2021
"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."https://t.co/z7kdbXOmLZ
Remember, Woods had a previous infamous accident back in Nov. 2009 at around 0230ET outside his former mansion in Windermere, Fla., he collided with a row of hedges and hit a fire hydrant. The vehicle finally came to rest after hitting a tree.
That accident and its murky circumstances (paramedics found Woods lying in the road, snoring and without shoes or socks) coincided with the start of a career decline for Woods, which he only recently overcame when he won the Masters back in 2019. A full-on sex scandal followed that first accident, exposing years of infidelity and destabilizing Woods' life.