What we know about the Tiger Woods car crash near Los Angeles


Tiger Woods looks on during the Genesis Invitational Sunday Trophy Ceremony at Riviera Country Club. (Ryan Kang / The Bharat Express News)

We will continue to update this story throughout the day.

Golf legend Tiger Woods was hospitalized on Tuesday after crashing his vehicle near Rancho Palos Verdes. Here is what we know.

What happened?

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement it responded to a “single vehicle rollover collision at the Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes border.” The statement confirmed that Woods was the driver and the sole occupant of the vehicle.

The accident happened on a winding and steep section of Hawthorne Boulevard, a main road that crosses the Palos Verdes peninsula.

Police sources who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter told The Times that Woods was traveling at high speed and had lost control of his SUV, which rolled over several times before stopping.

‘We have a reversal with someone trapped’

The sheriff’s first call was sent at around 7:15 am, indicating the scene of the accident and saying, “The vehicle has left the road”.

In the midst of the radio traffic directing the units to the scene and coordinating the stopping of the traffic, another voice spoke urgently at 7.25 am: “Do we have an ETA for the fire? [department rescue units]? We have a bearing with someone trapped. “

Was Tiger injured?

Yes. The LA County Fire Department reported that the driver of the vehicle was taken to a local hospital in serious condition.

In a statement, Woods manager Mark Steinberg said the golfer “suffered multiple leg injuries” and “is currently in surgery”.

Why was Tiger in town?

Woods was in Los Angeles hosting the Genesis Invitational at the Riviera Country Club, which ended on Sunday. He did not perform in the event, as he recovered from his fifth back surgery, but told TBEN announcer Jim Nantz in an interview in the final round that he hoped to play in the Masters in April.

“God, I hope so. I have to get there first, ”Woods said in the interview. “A lot of it is based on my surgeons, doctors and therapist and making sure I’m doing it right. It’s the only back I have, I don’t have much leeway.

According to various reports, Woods was on the golf course for a Golf Digest photoshoot on Monday, and retired NBA star Dwyane Wade and comedian David Spade tweeted that they were playing with him on Monday.


Justin Thomas spoke to reporters on Tuesday just after the announcement from Woods, his close friend and former world No.1 golfer.

“My stomach hurts …” Thomas said at a press conference ahead of the WGC-Workday Championship at the Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla. “I just hope he’s okay.”

Other reactions:

Staff Editors Sam Farmer, Nathan Fenno. Chuck Schilken and Hayley Smith contributed to this report.

This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.


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