Golfing legend Tiger Woods has been hospitalized following a serious single-car rollover accident in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. According to the LA County Sheriff’s Department, the accident occurred Tuesday morning and the “Jaws of Life” were required to extricate Woods from the seriously damaged vehicle. He was the only occupant.
The 15-time major champion was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center where he’s undergoing surgery for “multiple leg injuries,” according to a statement made to Golf Digest by Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg.
Earlier this year, the 45-year-old underwent the fifth back operation of his career. In an interview with sportscaster Jim Nantz on the PGA Tour’s Twitter feed, Woods said he was “feeling fine” but “a bit stiff” following the spinal fusion. He was scheduled for another MRI at the time.
Born Eldrick Tont Woods, the athlete is widely regarded as one of the greatest golfers of all time. Woods was the PGA Rookie of the Year in 1996 and won his first major, the Masters, a year later. The holder of numerous PGA records, Woods is tied with Sam Snead for the most PGA Tour wins and is second in men’s major championships. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame earlier this year.
On May 29, 2017, Woods was arrested near his Jupiter Island, FL, home for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He was asleep in his car, which was stationary in a traffic lane with its engine running. Woods later stated that he had taken prescription drugs and did not realize how they might interact together. On October 27, 2017, Woods pleaded guilty to reckless driving and received a year of probation and a $250 fine.
The Rancho Palos Verdes crash is currently under investigation.
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