Golf legend Tiger Woods was seriously injured in a traffic accident in California Tuesday morning and is reportedly undergoing leg surgery, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department.
Woods was involved in a "vehicle rollover" and has since been pulled from the wreck and taken to a local hospital.
While the Sheriff's Department originally said the "jaws of life" were used to free Woods, firefighters later said he was removed through the vehicle's windshield with the help of a pole and an ax.
At a press conference that afternoon, officials said there was no immediate indication that Woods was impaired while driving.
Woods' vehicle "suffered great damage" from aerial photographs taken by a local ABC partner.
Woods agent Mark Steinberg made a statement to Golf Digest shortly after the accident: “Tiger Woods was in a car accident in California this morning in which he sustained multiple leg injuries. He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and assistance. "
Police and fire services confirmed at the press conference that both of Woods' legs were seriously injured. Officials said that Woods' SUV – apparently a loaner of a golf tournament he attended last weekend – ran a median and crossed two lanes of oncoming traffic before being run over multiple times. His vehicle was the only one that was involved in the accident.
"I will say that it is very happy that Mr. Woods got out alive," said assistant Carlos Gonzalez, who was one of the first on the scene, on Tuesday afternoon, noting that the steep stretch of road can be dangerous.
Woods has achieved 82 career wins and 15 major championships on the PGA Tour. His career was ravaged by a scandal in 2009 and derailed from back injuries, but he made a year-long comeback that culminated in a 2019 Masters win. In December, he had his fifth back operation.