Tiger Woods rushed to hospital after major crash, suffers ‘multiple leg injuries’

Tiger Woods has been taken to the hospital with serious injuries to both legs after a "major" car crash.

There was “no evidence of impairment” at the scene of the incident, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said during a press conference on Tuesday.

Sheriffs will investigate the incident for a variety of different causes and release their findings in a matter of days or weeks.

A second crash occurred after another driver had stopped to help Mr Woods, according to local officials. The wreck was minor and no one was hurt.

Woods had been driving a 2021 Genesis GV80 northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard when he drove into the center median, into the southbound lanes, struck a tree and rolled the vehicle over several times, said Villanuev.

He had been in California for a video shoot and had attended the PGA Tour’s Genesis Invitational over the weekend.

Carlos Gonzalez, the first Los Angeles county deputy to respond to the scene, said Woods was responsive and coherent when he arrived and was able to tell him his name.

Though his injuries were visible, Woods appeared to be in shock and unconcerned with them, Gonzalez said.

Authorities previously reported that Woods had to be extricated from the vehicle but fire department personnel were able to remove him with the help of an ax and Halligan tool, said Daryl Osby, the Los Angeles county fire chief.

Woods’s manager Mark Steinberg told Golf Digest that the 45-year-old “was in a single-car accident this morning in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries. He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support.”

According to reports, he had suffered compound fractures, an injury that usually leaves bones protruding from the skin and requires antibiotics to prevent infection.

Woods was involved in a car crash in November 2009 which eventually led to admissions of infidelity and the breakdown of his marriage. He then took a break from golf but returned shortly afterwards.

Following five wins in 2013, he started just 24 events in the next four years because of chronic back pain and multiple surgeries.

In 2017 he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence when he was found asleep at the wheel of his car. He later pleaded guilty to reckless driving.

He had five prescription drugs in his system as he recovered from the spinal fusion surgery that ultimately gave him a second golfing career.

A recent HBO documentary explored the golfer's relationship with his late father Earl, and the his struggles to cope with his worldwide fame and the scrutiny that came with it.