Tiger Woods undergoing surgery after flipping his vehicle in accident

Tiger Woods was involved in a serious car accident Tuesday morning in Southern California that resulted in him having to be extricated from his vehicle, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

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Woods, 45, suffered "multiple leg injuries," according to his agent, Mark Steinberg, who said the golfer was in surgery Tuesday afternoon.

Emergency personnel responded to the rollover accident at about 7:12 a.m. in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. A law enforcement source said an initial report from the scene indicated the possibility of two leg fractures and that the injuries were not considered life-threatening.

"Tiger Woods was involved in a car accident in California this morning in which he sustained multiple leg injuries," Steinberg said in a statement. "He is currently in surgery and we thank him for his privacy and support."

According to the sheriff's department, the "single-vehicle traffic collision" occurred at the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, about 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. The car sustained severe damage.

The cause of the accident is unclear. The two-lane road winds through upscale suburbs, and the northbound side on which Woods was driving descends low enough that signs warned trucks to use a lower gear. The speed limit is 45 mph. Based on video footage and photos, it appears that Woods hit the curb and took out the Rolling Hills Estates sign. The luggage was visible from the car.

He was taken to Harbor Medical Center - UCLA.

Chris Thomas, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, told ESPN's Mark Schlabach that rescuers had to pull Woods out of the SUV's windshield. James C. Powers of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told ABC News that he is not actively investigating the DUI.

Another vehicle that stopped and pulled off to the side of the road to help Woods shortly after the accident was struck by another vehicle coming down the hill. Thomas said it was a minor accident with no injuries.

Woods, who was rehabilitating from his Dec. 23 comeback surgery, was on the grounds of the Genesis Invitational, a PGA Tour event he hosts at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. The tournament is organized by his foundation


Tiger Woods was the lone passenger in a rollover crash Tuesday morning in Southern California. Etienne Laurent/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

On Sunday, in an interview with CBS during the telecast of the final round, Woods suggested he had not yet stepped up his golfing activity after his fifth back treatment and gave no timetable for his return.

But social media posts Monday and Tuesday showed he stayed in the area, apparently to film several tee times and scenes for GolfTV, a streaming organization with which he has a sponsorship deal. Actor David Spade and former NBA star Dwyane Wade posted photos with Woods on social media at Rolling Hills Country Club. GolfTV and Golf Digest have partnered with Woods to provide content. It is believed he will attend another session with the group on Tuesday.

Justin Thomas, one of Woods' friends on the PGA Tour, said of the accident while preparing for the WGC-Workday Championship in Bradenton, Fla.

"I'm sick to my stomach. You know, it hurts to see one of your now one of my best friends had an accident," Thomas said. "Dude, I just hope he's OK. Worry about his kids, you know. I'm sure they're struggling."

Golf legend Jack Nicklaus took to Twitter to share his wife's "heartfelt support and prayers" for Woods.


PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan issued a statement wishing Woods the best of luck.

"On behalf of the PGA Tour and our players, Tiger is in our prayers and will have our full support as he recovers," Monahan said in a statement.

"Tiger Woods is part of the Augusta family and the news of his accident saddens us all," said Augusta National Golf Club president Fred Ridley. "We are praying for him, for his full recovery and for his family during this difficult time."

Woods, an 82-time PGA Tour winner, returned to golf in 2018 after overcoming several injuries and enduring prescription painkiller intoxication that led to a 2017 DUI arrest and subsequent probation. Woods was found asleep at the wheel a few miles from his South Florida home in May of that year, about five weeks after undergoing spinal fusion surgery to relieve persistent lower back pain. The spinal fusion surgery fused part of his spine, and Woods - after six months without being able to swing a club - was able to hit balls again.

Upon his return, he played a full schedule in 2018, winning the tournament championship for his 80th victory. In April 2019, he won the Masters for his 15th major title and fifth victory at Augusta National. That same year, he won the Zozo Championship for his 82nd PGA Tour victory, surpassing Sam Snead's record.

Ranked 50th in the world, Woods had a disappointing 2020 season, playing only nine times and his best result was a ninth-place finish in January. His last official event was the Masters in November, where he finished 38th. He also played in an exhibition, the PNC Championships, with his 11-year-old son, Charlie, in December, just days before his latest back surgery.

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