Tiger Woods has "non-life threatening injuries" and suffered "compound fractures"

Golf legend Tiger Woods was hospitalized Tuesday morning after a serious one-car rollover accident in Los Angeles County that required the "Jaws of Life," according to the LA County Sheriff's Department.

Posted: Feb 23, 2021 2:58 PM
Updated: Feb 23, 2021 5:12 PM

Golf legend Tiger Woods was hospitalized Tuesday morning after a serious one-car rollover accident in Los Angeles County that required the "Jaws of Life," according to the LA County Sheriff's Department.

A Los Angeles law enforcement source tells CNN Tiger Wood has "non-life-threatening injuries" but has suffered from "compound fractures in his legs."

Further, the source says no field sobriety test was administered due to the seriousness of the injuries.

The sheriff's department said Woods was the only occupant of the car that crashed in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Woods, 45, suffered moderate to critical injuries after being pulled from his car, according to Los Angeles County spokesperson Henry Narvez.

Woods was taken to Harbor UCLA Medical Center. CNN has reached out to the hospital for comment.

According to Golf Digest, Woods suffered "multiple leg injuries" and was in surgery following the accident. Golf Digest quoted Woods' agent Mark Steinberg with the update.

Tiger Woods’ vehicle crossed the center of the roadway before crashing Tuesday morning, an official with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department told Fox News Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s kind of a downhill grade, and there are some winding turns, as well,” Capt. James Powers said. “It crossed the center median and went up the curb on the other side of the road, and it overturned into some shrubs.”

He said he believes a person who lives near the scene reported the accident to deputies.

“It took them about six minutes to arrive on scene, and they found a vehicle that had been overturned,” Powers said, “and it was off into some brush.”

Powers told Fox that the cause of the accident is under investigation, but there are no signs of foul play. “That road is kind of a steep climb, and he was coming downhill. Speeds can increase just by the momentum of a vehicle,” he said.

Narvez said another car, not involved in the initial rollover incident, stopped after the crash and was rear-ended.

Woods' vehicle suffered major damage, according to authorities. The crash is under investigation.

Woods, a 15-time major champion, underwent a back operation for the fifth time in his career earlier this year.

Woods previously had back surgery -- a spinal fusion -- in 2017 and made his return almost a year later. He went on to launch a remarkable comeback, winning the Masters in 2019.

Any progress last year was hampered by yet another back injury and the pandemic, which heavily disrupted the golf calendar.

CNN has reached out to Woods' representatives for comment.

The PGA Tour said in a statement it has been made aware of Tiger Woods' accident today.

"We are awaiting further information when he comes out of surgery," the statement reads. "On behalf of the PGA TOUR and our players, Tiger is in our prayers and will have our full support as he recovers."

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