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Golf superstar Tiger Woods (real name Eldrick Tont Woods) has been hospitalised following a devastating single-car accident in Los Angeles, California on Tuesday morning. Rescuers who arrived at the scene had to use a tool called “the jaws of life” to free him from the vehicle.

“On February 23, 2021, at approximately 7:12 AM, LASD responded to a single vehicle roll-over traffic collision on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes,” officials say.

“The vehicle was traveling northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard, at Blackhorse Road, when it crashed. The vehicle sustained major damage.”

“The driver and sole occupant was identified as PGA golfer, Eldrick ‘Tiger’ Woods,” officials confirmed.

“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.”

Woods suffered moderate to critical injuries after being pulled from his car in following a rollover, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesperson Henry Narvez.

No other details have been released at this time regarding what caused the accident. The L.A County Sheriff’s department said they do not believe alcohol was involved but they did not say whether any other substances were possibly involved.

45-year-old Tiger was in the area for his annual Genesis Invitational golf tournament at the Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades. Just this week, he took photos with stars like David Spade and Dwayne Wade. He also announced his recent back surgery could keep him out of the upcoming Masters tournament in Augusta, Georgia.

It’s not the first time Tiger Woods has been in a high-profile car accident, he crashed his SUV in a 2009 incident at his home in Florida.

In 2017, he was arrrested after cops found him passed out behind the wheel of his car. Tiger said he had taken prescription medication before the accident and didn’t realise the effect the meds would have on him.

Woods is widely regarded as one of the greatest golfers of all time and one of the most famous athletes of all time.

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