Tiger Woods Injured In Car Crush in Los Angeles Hospitalized

The County sheriff says it was a single-vehicle rollover collision woods had to be pulled out of the car by the jaws of life according to his agent he suffered multiple leg injuries and is currently in surgery and joining me now on the phone is some of our colleagues at ESPN Christine Brennan and Ryan smith Christine.

What do we know at this point about the tiger's condition? Well, we know that he was taken out of the car by the jaws of life and is according to his agent Mark Steinberg. I spoke with some in the gulf media is saying that he has leg injuries and it's not believed to be well we're hearing it could's serious could be somewhere between some moderate injuries and potentially more serious but and that he is in surgery so you know tigers 45 years old he has been talking about trying to make it back for the masters.

Tiger Woods Injured In Car Crush

Which are in about what five-six weeks time and he won the Masters in 2019 one of the more improbable stories in sports history coming back after so many problems injuries surgeries personal scandals and they got back to the top of the mountain in 2019 and everyone's hoping he's going to be able to compete in 2021. 

Obviously now that seems like a distant memory talking about that as we are now obviously everyone even as journalists who covered him as I have for the length of his career obviously now the focus is on his health and is he okay and will he be okay as a person the golf seems secondary but at this point, that's what we know there's a lot. We don't know but there's a great concern of course right now for tiger woods there sure is and Ryan what do we know about where he was coming from or where he was going.

Yeah it's tough to say right now Diane I think the big concern is um for his safety and for how he's doing right now I mean just as Christine was talking about he's really undergone a career renaissance this is a guy who um not only as you said won the masters in 2019 but at the end of last year really had a special moment at the PNC championship um with his son showing a different side of tiger woods the side of tiger woods dad the side of tiger woods where golf is part of his life but not everything in his life so um we're still learning all the details.

How this situation actually unfolded but I think now the concern is for his safety as well being as he is in surgery and chrissy we also we know he's had issues a lot of issues with his back over the past few years and just recently he was recovering from another back surgery what was the latest on that yes it was his fifth back surgery, a tiger is 45 but really has a body that's used much much older just because of all of the pain the injuries um the difficulties with his back with his legs over the years neck injuries neck fusion etc.

So he said in an interview on Sunday during the PGA tournament that was going on in Los Angeles that he was just beginning to recover from that that he had no timetable when he was asked about a plan what's your plan for coming back what's the plan for potentially being back for the masters in early April and he said there is no plan so that's the status of the back. He said he's been working out and slowly but surely putting and hitting a sand wedge which would again be the club with the least violent swing you know as you can just start to gingerly. 

Work your way back hitting golf shots that's what tiger's been doing but that's certainly nowhere near the ability to be able to play a tournament so again it seems almost ridiculous to be talking about that now with this news and with these pictures in particular that are just so troubling and so disturbing of tiger's car. What happened to him earlier today but yes the back has been a concern it's been a concern basically as Ryan knows my goodness for 10-15 years we've been talking about tiger's back surgeries issues trying to come back play golf again and so that continues.

Tiger Woods Injured In Car Crush

I'm guessing that would be the nature of his career in golf moving forward prior to of course whatever injuries and issues that are sustained based on this car accident and Ryan we have seen tiger come back from some serious challenges in the past we have more than a few I mean there was the issue back in 2009-2010 where he actually had a minor car accident ran into a fire hydrant and that uncovered a bevy of information about his personal life.

Allegations of affairs um it led to his divorce from his then-wife um and then around 2017 after sort of rehabbing his image from that he had an arrest for driving under the influence which um he said had a part to do with taking different medications to help him with some of those back issues and some of those injury issues but tiger woods has always seemed to be the kind of person that no matter what happened to him in the public eye or even with his physical injuries has been able to come back has been able to establish himself not only in golf but really as a changed person and that's what's been so unique about him.

Especially over the last couple of months, you know the pandemic has limited his ability to play as much as he wanted to but he still pursues his dream of playing golf, and as I said he's had some moments recently where he's really showed a different side of himself to us, tiger, the human being tiger the dad tiger who cares more about goth and has so many other interests in life that really drive him.

So his story this year was really one of a player coming back and you never count him out because he is just someone who maybe has more talent more skill than any golfer in history and um to see this happen to him now we certainly pray for the best for him but um as Christine said it's tough to think about him coming back from golf with what's happening now and you just hope that he gets through this surgery gets through issues that he might be suffering with um and recovers as soon as he can yeah you sure do you know we're looking at live video right now of officers there at the scene taping the scene off clearly getting ready to try to investigate and get to the bottom of what happened here but we heard our local anchor there from describing.

The area and pointing out that you know the car rolled down this hillside it seems to have hit a number of trees and a few other obstacles but it missed one of those big electrical poles and that he says was unlikely to have gone down in the path of this car so you hope that this is one of those things we can look back on and say this could have been so much worse so I told you I was about to do something amazing today and I got an opportunity I say the goat he's not comfortable with it but that opportunity to come out here with this guy right here man tiger thank you for teaching me something how good am I or how bad am I good.

I'm not good I'm sorry for you we're getting better we're getting better we're getting better so everybody be on the lookout i got some lessons today from what i think is the goal but tiger woods thank you brother appreciate it tiger's condition well we know that he was taken out of the car by the jaws of life and is according to his agent Mark Steinberg I spoke with some in the gulf media is saying that he has leg injuries and um it's not believed to be well we're hearing it could it's serious could be um somewhere between some moderate injuries and potentially more serious um but and that he is in surgery so you know tiger's 45 years old he has been talking about trying to make it back for the masters which is in about what five-six weeks time and he won the Masters in 2019 one of the more improbable stories in sports.

Source: nytimes

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