JAKARTA - Golfer Tiger Woods was rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles, United States, on Tuesday after picking up a number of injuries when his car lost control and rolled onto a steep hill.
ESPN reported that, citing local police, Woods' injuries were believed not to threaten his life.
Woods, 45, was alone in the dark gray Genesis SUV he was driving when the accident occurred at around 7:12 a.m. on the outskirts of the Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palo Verdes areas, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.
"Tiger Woods had a single accident this morning in California where he suffered a number of leg injuries. He is currently undergoing surgery and thank you for your privacy and support," Woods agent Mark Steinberg told Golf Digest journalist Daniel Rapaport. Wednesday, February 24th.
Deputy Sheriff Joana Warren told Reuters that Woods' vehicle left the highway and rolled onto a slope before stopping at the bottom of the ravine.
Video footage showed that the SUV was badly damaged in the front and surrounded by debris from the vehicle parts.
Officers must use the "jaws of life", a tool used to remove victims who are trapped or caught in a car part, to free Woods.
Woods, considered one of the greatest athletes in gold history, staged the annual PGA Tour Genesis Invitational at the Riviera Country Club last weekend.
However, he did not compete, arguing that he is still having problems with his back operated on, but he was seen at the Rolling Hills Country Club on Monday with actress Jada Pinket Smith, former basketball player Dwayne Wade and comedian David Spade.
Woods underwent back surgery for the fifth time in December.
The news of the accident rocked the sporting world, prompting various words and prayers for the athlete.
"Prayers to my brother @TigerWoods as we are all anxiously awaiting further news," wrote former baseball athlete Alex Rodriguez on Twitter.
Woods' ex-girlfriend, Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, tweeted: "Prayers to TW".
The PGA Tour issued a statement through commissioner Jay Monahan.
"We were told about the Tiger Woods car accident today.
"We are waiting for further information when he has finished the operation. On behalf of the PGA TOUR and our players, Tiger is in our prayers and will always have our full support when he recovers."
Woods holds the top ranks of professional golf with a record 683 weeks, having won 14 major championship titles between 1997 and 2008.
After suffering a number of injuries and personal issues that have rocked his career, Woods claimed his 15th major title at the Masters in 2019, the fifth time he has received the green jacket awarded to Masters champions.
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