Tiger Woods is undergoing surgery for “multiple leg injuries” after being cut from his car following an accident in Los Angeles.
The accident happened on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes on Tuesday morning.
LA County Sheriff’s Department said Woods was the only person in the car, and the sheriff’s office later confirmed that the golf legend’s injuries are not life threatening.
“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,” said the original statement.
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg told Golf Digest in a statement: “Tiger Woods 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.”
CNN later reported that Woods was in a “serious condition”, according to authorities at Harbor UCLA Medical Center.
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Sky News sports correspondent Martha Kelner said Woods spent Monday giving a private golf lesson to NBA legend Dwayne Wade.
He was due to be hosting a second day of celebrity lessons on Tuesday.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of the WGC-Workday Championship, world number three Justin Thomas said: “I’m sick to my stomach.
“You know, it hurts to see one of your… now one of my closest friends get in an accident. Man, I just hope he’s all right. Just worry for his kids, you know. I’m sure they’re struggling.”
Jack Nicklaus, whose record of 18 major titles has been one of Woods’ biggest goals, wrote on Twitter: “Barbara and I just heard about Tiger’s accident, and like everyone else, we are deeply concerned.
“We want to offer him our heartfelt support and prayers at this difficult time.”
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Former world number one Justin Rose wrote on Twitter: “@tigerwoods, just seen the awful news.
“We know how tough you are, we’ve seen it a hundred times. Hoping and praying you’re ok my friend.”
The PGA Tour said in a statement: “On behalf of the PGA Tour and our players, Tiger is in our prayers and will have our full support as he recovers.”
And former US alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn, an ex-girlfriend of Woods, tweeted: “Praying for TW right now.”
Woods has not played since December, when he took part in the PNC Championship in Orlando with his son, Charlie, who turned 12 earlier this month.
On 23 December he had his fifth back surgery and said last weekend that he was unsure whether he would be able to play in the Masters Tournament in April.