Tiger Woods was injured in a single vehicle rollover in Los Angeles, according to LA law enforcement agencies.
Woods was injured in a car crash shortly after 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday that saw firefighters use the jaws of life to pull him out of the vehicle, according to the LA Sheriff’s Department. The Los Angeles Times reported that he was transported by ambulance from the crash site to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
MSNBC reports that the cause of the crash is currently being investigated.
Woods had been in the Los Angeles area hosting the Genesis Invitational Golf Event. The car he drove – supposedly a 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV – was given to him by the tournament. He’d been in the Los Angeles area for a few extra days on a golf digest shoot with former NBA star Dwyane Wade and actor and comedian David Spade.
Woods, 45, recently had his fifth back surgery after playing at the Masters in November. He wanted to return to Augusta for the Masters in April, CBS Sports’ Jim Nantz said over the weekend.
Here’s the latest on the Woods crash:
Tiger Woods crash updates
All times east
6:11 pm: According to Villanueva, the area where Woods crashed has seen frequent accidents due to its downward-facing, twisted layout. The weather is not considered a facotr when crashing.
6:09 pm: The Los Angeles Fire Department chief said at the press conference that it was determined at the crash site that Woods had “serious” leg injuries and that because of the crash and the severity of his injuries, it was decided that he should be transported to the scene of the accident. UCLA Medical Center.
6:07 pm: Villanueva reiterates that there was no sign of impairment in Woods at the scene of the accident and that no efforts were made to draw blood from him at the time he was hospitalized.
6:05 pm: Another crash occurred near Woods due to rubber neck, according to Villanueva. Nobody was injured.
6:03 pm: According to Villanueva, the traffic report on the Woods crash will take several days.
6:02 pm: Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a news conference that first responders had seen no evidence of impairment in Tiger Woods.
5:57 pm: Woods’ crashed Genesis GV80 has been removed from the crash site, as seen on the Golf Channel.
5:26 pm: NBC News reports that first responders used an ax – not the jaws of life – to remove Woods from his vehicle.
5:12 pm: Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva tells the Los Angeles Times that Woods is “lucky enough to be alive”.
5:07 pm: The Athletic’s Kavitha Davidson reports that it didn’t take a Jaw of Life to get Woods out of his car:
The LA Fire Department captain makes it clear that the jaws of life were NOT needed to get tigers out of auto hand tools
– Kavitha A. Davidson (@kavithadavidson) February 23, 2021
5:02 pm: The Golf Channel reports that Woods was alert to the scene of the crash and responded to first responders.
4:18 pm: CNN’s Jake Tapper reports that the jaws of life may not have been used to remove Woods from the car and that he was pulled off the car’s windshield instead.
4:01 pm: CNN’s Kyung Lah reports that Woods is currently in serious condition at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
3:51 pm: ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reports that doctors in LA are more concerned with the severity of his leg injuries than with surgery on his medically repaired back.
3:50 pm: According to Lt. Michael White of the LA County Sheriff’s Office, Woods’ injuries are not considered life threatening.
3:28 pm: The Los Angeles Times reports that Woods is believed to be traveling at a “high speed” prior to crossing a bulkhead, causing the vehicle to overturn several times before coming to a stop, according to police officers. The road being traveled on is considered to be winding and steep.
2:57 pm: Los Angeles County Information Officer Henry Narvez said Woods suffered moderate to critical injuries.
Tiger Woods suffered moderate to critical injuries after being pulled from his car after an accident at Rancho Palos Verdes, according to Henry Narvez, PIO for Los Angeles County.
– Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) February 23, 2021
2:48 pm: According to Golf Digest’s Daniel Rapaport, Woods has sustained multiple leg injuries and is currently undergoing surgery.
The story has been updated with the statement from Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg:
“Tiger Woods was in a car accident in California this morning that left him with multiple leg injuries. He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and assistance.” https://t.co/z7kdbXOmLZ
– Daniel Rapaport (@Daniel_Rapaport) February 23, 2021
2:45 pm: Pictures of the car that Woods allegedly drove have surfaced:
2:37 pm: There is currently no official word on Woods’ injuries. The wreck is referred to as the “Major”. The LA County Sheriff’s Department stated that Woods had to be removed from the wreck with the jaws of life. The collision occurred on the west coast early Tuesday.
The story was originally broken by Steven Gregory, an IHeartRadio correspondent.
Woods was videotaped with former NBA superstar Dwyane Wade prior to the accident. The video was posted to Wade’s Instagram account, although the timeline for the video suggests it was from Monday. Woods was also videotaped with actor and comedian David Spade.
Woods had his fifth back surgery in December and was rehabilitating the injury to get back on track.
This story will be updated.