Tiger Woods injured in California car accident, ‘jaws of life’ used in rescue

Tiger Woods injured in California car accident, ‘jaws of life’ used in rescue

Tiger Woods suffered injuries to both legs during a roll-over car crash Tuesday in California — and was in surgery following a rescue that required the jaws of life to get him free.

The golf legend, 45, was pulled from his badly damaged SUV following the single-vehicle accident in Rancho Palos Verdes in Los Angeles County.

Photos from the scene show the gray vehicle on its side on a hill with its airbags deployed and extensive damage to the front-end.

The LA County Sheriff’s Department confirmed the accident, which occurred around 7:12 a.m. at Hawthorne Boulevard and Blackhorse Road.

“The driver and sole occupant was identified as PGA golfer, Eldrick ‘Tiger’ Woods,” the statement said. “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.”

The extent of Woods’ injuries were not disclosed. 

But in a statement, his agent Mark Steinberg said he suffered “multiple leg injuries.”

“He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support,” the statement, obtained by Golf Digest, said.

The sheriff’s department noted that his car “sustained major damage.”

Authorities are investigating the crash.

Woods, who’s recorded 82 PGA Tour wins, was in the Golden State for the Genesis Invitational, which wrapped up over the weekend in the Pacific Palisades. He presented the trophy to winner Max Homa.

Afterward, he was on a two-day content shoot with Golf Digest/GOLFTV, the magazine said.

Photos from Monday showed Woods hanging out with basketball star Dwayne Wade and actor David Spade at the Rolling Hills Country Club.

The athlete underwent a fifth back surgery in December — though on Sunday expressed hopes that he might be healthy enough to return to the Masters in April.

“God I hope so,” he said. “I’ve got to get there first. A lot of it is based on my surgeons and doctors and therapist and making sure I do it correctly. This is the only back I’ve got, I don’t have much more wiggle room left.”


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