Woods, 45, was driving shortly after 7 a.m. PT in Rancho Palos Verdes, close to Los Angeles, when the SUV he was utilizing crossed a median and went throughout two lanes of highway earlier than hitting a curb, hitting a tree and touchdown on its facet off the roadway within the brush.
A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy who was the primary to reach mentioned he discovered Woods nonetheless within the driver’s seat, carrying his seatbelt, and that the golfer was capable of inform him his title was Tiger.
The 15-time main champion was lucid and calm, however probably in shock, and did not appear to be involved along with his accidents on the time, Deputy Carlos Gonzalez mentioned.
Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby informed CNN’s John Berman that Woods was alert and oriented and was making an attempt to “self-extricate” however he was caught.
Firefighters used a pry bar and an ax to free the golfer, who this previous weekend hosted a PGA Tour occasion within the space however did not play due to a current again surgical procedure.
They broke the windshield with the ax and used the bar to pry the seats and metallic from round Woods’ legs, Osby mentioned.
They put Woods in a neck collar, hooked up leg splints and used a backboard to get him by means of the large gap within the windshield to an ambulance. He went to the hospital in critical however secure situation with accidents to each legs, Osby mentioned.
Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, mentioned the golfer was in surgical procedure with a number of accidents, in accordance with Golf Digest.
How the crash occurred
The crash, which destroyed the entrance of the Genesis SUV courtesy car, may have been deadly, however the airbags and seatbelts helped Woods survive, Gonzalez and Sheriff Alex Villanueva mentioned.
The sheriff mentioned he thinks Woods was touring at a excessive price of pace down a hilly a part of the highway when the crash occurred.
There had been no skid marks or different indications of braking, Villanueva added.
Villanueva mentioned that part of highway is “downhill on a curve,” and he and Gonzalez mentioned the realm is called a bother spot for dashing and accidents.
Deputies responding to Woods noticed no proof of impairment, Villanueva mentioned, they usually did not ask hospital officers to take a blood draw, he mentioned.
A Los Angeles legislation enforcement supply informed CNN that no discipline sobriety take a look at was administered due to the seriousness of Woods’ accidents.
A tweet from the sheriff’s division earlier mentioned rescuers used the Jaws of Life to get Woods out of the car, however Osby mentioned firefighters actually used a instrument for prying and an ax to take away the windshield and free Woods.
Woods was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, a trauma middle. CNN has reached out to the hospital for his situation.
Another automotive, not concerned within the preliminary rollover incident, stopped after the crash and was rear-ended, in accordance with Los Angeles County PIO Henry Narvaez.
The days main as much as the crash
Woods seemingly was headed for the Rolling Hills Country Club in close by Rolling HIlls Estates for a shoot with Golf Digest and Golf TV, in accordance with Daniel Rapaport, the Tiger Woods correspondent for Golf Digest.
Woods had a 7:30 a.m. name time, with taking pictures supposed to start round 8. It was the second day of taking pictures.
Rapaport informed CNN’s “Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” that Woods was not taking part in or hitting, however was giving on-course taking part in classes to celebrities.
“He was in good spirits on Monday when he did that,” Rapaport mentioned of the shoot.
Woods had hosted the Genesis Invitational over the weekend, and was seen intermittently on Saturday and extra typically throughout Sunday’s ultimate spherical.
Woods was on the course Monday with NBA legend Dwyane Wade, actress Jada Pinkett Smith and actor David Spade.
Smith posted pictures on Twitter of her and Woods on the hyperlinks.
“Guess who I had the most awesome golf day with yesterdayyyyyy??? Yes! The magnificent @TigerWoods !!!! Yes … dreams come true. I can’t wait for you to see my golf journey with Tiger. Stay tuned!” she wrote.
Spade joked about Woods’ capability as an teacher.
“Golf lesson with this guy today. And you know what? He’s not bad… He picks things up very quickly. Good listener,” he tweeted with a photograph of himself and a smiling Woods.
Woods, who has gained a record-tying 82 PGA Tour occasions, introduced earlier this 12 months that he had a current again operation, the fifth of his skilled profession.
Woods informed CBS sportscaster Jim Nantz in video posted Sunday on the PGA Tour’s Twitter feed that he was “feeling fine” however a “little bit stiff” after his most up-to-date process. He mentioned he was scheduled to get another MRI.
Woods beforehand had again surgical procedure — a spinal fusion — in 2017 and made his return virtually a 12 months later. He went on to launch a exceptional comeback, successful the Masters in 2019.
Any progress final 12 months was hampered by one more again harm and the pandemic, which closely disrupted the golf calendar.
“We have been made aware of Tiger Woods’ car accident today. We are awaiting further information when he comes out of surgery. On behalf of the PGA TOUR and our players, Tiger is in our prayers and will have our full support as he recovers,” PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan mentioned
Woods final performed aggressive golf on the rescheduled Masters in November. He additionally performed golf in a father-son occasion known as the PNC Challenge in December in Florida.
World No. three golfer and buddy Justin Thomas received emotional whereas speaking about Woods forward of the Workday Championship at The Concession occasion in Bradenton, Florida.
“I’m sick to my stomach,” he informed PGA Tour Entertainment. “You know, it hurts to see one of your — now one of my closest friends get in an accident. Man, I just hope he’s all right. Just worry for his kids, you know. I’m sure they’re struggling.”
Jack Nicklaus, whose report of 18 main titles Woods has been chasing, tweeted his effectively needs.
“Barbara and I just heard about Tiger’s accident, and like everyone else, we are deeply concerned,” he wrote. “We want to offer him our heartfelt support and prayers at this difficult time. Please join us in wishing Tiger a successful surgery and all the best for a full recovery.”
Corrections: This story has been up to date with the proper standing of Woods’ car in addition to the proper spelling of the Los Angeles County spokesperson’s final title. Also, the LA County Sheriff’s Department initially mentioned Woods was minimize from his car utilizing the Jaws of Life. It has since mentioned that’s not the case. This story has been up to date to replicate that.
CNN’s Stella Chan and Cheri Mossburg reported from Los Angeles and Steve Almasy reported and wrote from Atlanta. CNN’s Paul Vercammen, Andy Rose, David Close, Kevin Dotson and Dan Moriarty contributed to this report.