“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,” Mark Steinberg, Woods’s agent, said in a statement.
Woods hosted the most recent PGA Tour event, the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., though he didn’t play in the tournament because of recent back surgery. According to Golf Digest, he was scheduled to take part in the second day of a Golf Digest/GolfTV shoot in which he gave lessons to various celebrities.
Comedian David Spade and former NBA star Dwyane Wade both made note of their Monday meetups with Woods:
Speaking with CBS’s Jim Nantz during the Genesis television broadcast on Sunday, Woods said he hoped to play in this year’s Masters in about seven weeks. Woods, 45, underwent his fourth microdiscectomy procedure and fifth back surgery to lesson nerve pain Dec. 23. He had the same procedure in 2014 and twice the following year.
Woods was long the world’s most dominant golfer and won 15 major titles over his career, second only to the 18 won by Jack Nicklaus. His latter career was derailed by back problems and personal troubles, with extramarital affairs leading to his 2010 divorce from Elin Nordegen, with whom he has two children.
In 2017, Woods was found asleep in his car with the engine running at about 3 a.m. local time in Florida. Police charged him with driving under the influence, and Woods would eventually plead guilty to reckless driving after completing a diversionary program for first-time DUI offenders.
The next year, Woods appeared once again close to the top of his game. He won the season-ending Tour Championship in September 2018. The next April, Woods held off a slew of younger golfers to win the Masters for the fifth time in his career. At 43, he was the second-oldest golfer to don the green jacket, younger than only Jack Nicklaus in 1986.