February 24, 2021
Tiger Woods has reportedly been injured in a serious car crash on a California road stretch as he rushed to Riviera Golf Course for a shoot. Here's everything we know.
Golf legend Tiger Woods met a serious car accident on February 23 on the order of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes. He was the sole occupant.
As per TMZ, it is unclear what caused the accident, and investigations are ongoing. He was running late for a shoot scheduled for 7:30 am PT at Riviera Golf Course.
Tiger Woods reacts after chipping in from the bunker on the third hole during the final round of The PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass on March 17, 2019 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. | Source: Getty Images
Woods was reportedly planning to give Drew Brees lessons before the crash. The golf course was at least an hour's drive from the hotel he was staying at.
Running late, the ace golfer was driving shortly after 7 am PT. According to TMZ, he was driving the SUV so fast that he nearly hit the "Grown-ish" director's car as he left the hotel.
Deputy Carlos Gonzalez was the first person to arrive at the site after someone promptly called 911 to report the accident. He said Woods is lucky to be alive after such a horrific crash.
Woods recently underwent back surgery to remove a pressurized disc fragment.
Gonzalez focused on keeping Woods calm until paramedics arrived. The golfer was wearing his seatbelt, which he believes saved his life despite serious injuries.
Woods was lucid and calm, but he was potentially in shock. Gonzalez said he did not seem concerned with his injuries at the time and was trying to self-extricate.
Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said the rescue team broke the windshield with an ax and pry the metal and seats from around the golfer's legs.
Woods suffered multiple fractures in his legs and required immediate surgery. He had a shattered ankle and two leg fractures. Woods was not driving under the influence.
Woods recently underwent back surgery to remove a pressurized disc fragment that was pinching his nerve. He was expected to make a full recovery.
Woods was hoping to return to the masters in April. He previously made headlines in 2009 after crashing his Cadillac Escalade outside his Florida home.