Jaws of life used in rescue after California car crash, Tiger Woods in surgery
During a roll-over car crash Tuesday in California, Tiger Woods suffered injuries to both legs and was in surgery after a rescue that involved the jaws of life to get him free.
Following a single-vehicle crash in Rancho Palos Verdes in Los Angeles County, the golf legend, 45, was pulled out of his severely damaged SUV.
Photos from the scene show the gray car with its airbags deployed on its side on a hill with extensive damage to the front-end.
The crash, which happened about 7:12 a.m., was verified by the LA County Sheriff's Department. Boulevard and Blackhorse Lane at Hawthorne.
"The PGA golfer, Eldrick 'Tiger' Woods, was identified as the driver and sole occupant," the statement said. "Mr., Mr. Los Angeles County firefighters and paramedics rescued Woods from the crash with the "jaws of life," then transported him by ambulance to a nearby hospital for his injuries.
There was no disclosure of the extent of Woods' injuries.
But his agent, Mark Steinberg, said in a statement that he sustained "multiple leg injuries."
The statement, received by Golf Digest, said, "He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support."
The Department of the Sheriff noted that his car "sustained major damage."
The accident is being investigated by authorities.
The source of a sheriff's department told TMZ that they didn't think alcohol was a factor, but didn't specify if it could have included other drugs.
For the Genesis Invitational, which wrapped up over the weekend in the Pacific Palisades, Woods, who recorded 82 PGA Tour victories, was in the Golden State. He presented the award to Max Homa, the winner.
Afterwards, he was with Golf Digest/GOLFTV on a two-day content shoot, the magazine said.
Images from Monday showed Woods hanging out at the Rolling Hills Country Club with basketball player Dwayne Wade and actor David Spade.
In December, the athlete underwent a fifth back operation, but on Sunday he expressed hopes that he would be well enough to return in April to the Masters.
"I hope so, God," he said. "First, I have to get there. A lot of it is focused on my physicians and therapists, my surgeons, and making sure I do it properly. I don't have any more wiggle room left. This is the only back I've got.
Woods, once the greatest golfer in the world, has made headlines in the past for his car accidents, including in 2009, when he smashed his Cadillac Escalade outside his home in Florida, cracking open the explosive adultery scandal that torpedoed his career and cost him Elin Nordegren's marriage.
In 2017, after cops found him passing out behind the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz, Woods was arrested in Florida for DUI.
At the time, police said it seemed like he was in a minor car accident before they found him.
He told police that he was responding to a variety of prescription medications, including Vicodin and Xanax. He revealed soon after his arrest that he was seeking "professional assistance to manage my medications" and was struggling with back problems and a sleep disorder.
He pleaded guilty to a reduced reckless driving charge and decided to join a rehabilitation program.