Tiger Woods car crash – latest: Golfer has surgery after accident as Trump leads well-wishers

Aerial shots of alleged Tiger Woods crash site in Los Angeles

Tiger Woods has been hospitalised with “multiple leg injuries” after being involved in a serious car crash in California, according to police.

Fire fighters freed the golfing star from his car using a “jaws of life” tool shortly after 7am on Tuesday in Rancho Palos Verdes, near Los Angeles.

Authorities say that his car, which was the only vehicle involved in the crash, rolled over and sustained “major damage” in the incident.

“The driver and sole occupant was identified as PGA golfer, Eldrick ‘Tiger’ Woods,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

It added: “Mr Woods was extricated from the wreck with the ‘jaws of life’ by Los Angeles County firefighters and paramedics, then transported to a local hospital by ambulance for his injuries.”

A slew of sporting figures, as well as former president Donald Trump, have become the first to publicly send their “prayers” and “thoughts” to Mr Woods, via social media, as he is treated in hospital.

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Tiger Woods crash caused second minor car wreck

Tiger Woods’s Tuesday morning car crash not only wrecked his vehicle and sent him to the hospital with leg injuries, but caused a second, minor car accident as well.

The other crash occurred after another driver had stopped to help Mr Woods, Christopher Thomas, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, told CBS LA.

The wreck was minor and no one was hurt.

Josh Marcus23 February 2021 22:00

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Tiger Woods was conscious and speaking with officers after crash

Just after 7 in the morning on Tuesday, as deputies arrived to the scene of Tiger Woods’ roll-over car crash near Los Angeles, the legendary golfer was conscious and speaking with law enforcement before he was taken to the hospital with multiple leg injuries, FOXLA reports, citing law enforcement sources.

Josh Marcus23 February 2021 21:45

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Tiger Woods’s injuries after crash not ‘life-threatening,’ officer says

Despite serious damage to his vehicle after a Tuesday morning car crash, golfer Tiger Woods’s injuries are not believed to be “life-threatening,” a police lieutenant told CBS Los Angeles.

Josh Marcus23 February 2021 21:23

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‘Sick to my stomach’: Golfer Justin Thomas adds to chorus of well-wishers

My colleague, Danielle Zoellner, has more on all the famous figures sending messages of love and support to Tiger Woods.

Sam Hancock23 February 2021 21:08

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‘Your Tiger within is a beast,’ Pinkett-Smith tells Woods

Jade Pinkett-Smith, who was with Tiger Woods on Monday, tweeted to tell fans not to take “even a moment for granted”.

“I know you’re good because your Tiger within is a beast!!!” she wrote.

The actress and wife of Will Smith had posted just hours earlier about her “golf journey with Tiger”, telling her 1.6 million followers that playing the sport with him was a “dream come true”.

Sam Hancock23 February 2021 21:04

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LA police release details of crash location

Tiger Woods’ car crash occurred shortly before 7.15am and about 20 miles (32km) south of downtown Los Angeles, on the border of the upscale communities of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, officials have now said. Woods was in Los Angeles over the weekend as the “tournament host” of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera, where he presented the trophy.

He was to spend Monday and Tuesday filming with Discovery-owned GOLFTV, with whom he has an endorsement contract.

Sam Hancock23 February 2021 21:00

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PGA assures Woods he will have ‘full support as he recovers’

The PGA Tour has issued a statement concerning Tiger Woods, assuring the golfer he is “in” the organisation’s “prayers” and will have its “full support as he recovers”.

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Sam Hancock23 February 2021 20:55

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Trump wishes ‘true champion’ Woods well

Donald Trump has added his voice to those wishing Tiger Woods a speedy recovery.

According to the 45th president’s adviser, Jason Miller, Mr Trump said: “Get well soon, Tiger. You are a true champion!”

The golfer received his medal of freedom from Mr Trump in 2019.

It is well known how much the former president values the sport – he was actually playing a game when Joe Biden was announced the winner of the 2020 presidential race.

Sam Hancock23 February 2021 20:45

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Various sporting figures ‘send prayers’ to golfer

Messages for Tiger Woods have begun pouring in on social media, with fellow golfer Ian Poulter and former footballer Gary Lineker leading the charge.

Sam Hancock23 February 2021 20:38

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Third time Woods will be investigated over car-related issues

This is the third time Tiger Woods has been involved in a car investigation, with the most notorious being the Thanksgiving 2009 accident when his SUV ran over a fire hydrant and hit a tree.

In May 2017, Florida police found him asleep behind the wheel of a car parked awkwardly on the side of the road. He was arrested on a DUI charge and said later he had an unexpected reaction to prescription medicine, which he had for his back pain.

But Mr Woods later pleaded guilty to reckless driving and checked into a clinic to get help with prescription medication and a sleep disorder.

Police have given no indication what caused the crash yet, only saying that an investigation has been launched.

Sam Hancock23 February 2021 20:31

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