Golf superstar Tiger Woods had a serious car accident on Tuesday. The 45-year-old was rushed to hospital for medical treatment, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed without disclosing details of Woods’ condition. According to the statement, the 15-time major winner had to be freed from the wreck with a hydraulic rescue device.
Woods suffered “multiple” leg injuries, according to his agent, Mark Steinberg. “He is currently in surgery,” Steinberg said in a statement to the American media: “We thank you for protecting privacy and your support.” A Los Angeles County spokesman called the injuries “moderate to serious”.
According to the police report, Woods had an accident with his car at around 7:12 a.m. local time. He was traveling alone when the vehicle crashed between the communities of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes. Other vehicles were therefore not involved in the accident. The sheriff said the car was “badly damaged”.
TV footage showed a severely damaged SUV several meters off the road. Investigations into the course of the accident have already been initiated.
Woods recently had his fifth back surgery. His goal is to be back on the golf course at the US Masters at the beginning of April, he said on Monday.