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On Tuesday morning golfing legend, Tiger Woods was in a one-car roll-over accident while driving on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the accident occurred at 7:12 a.m. and Woods was immediately taken to the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Alex Villanueva of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said that Woods was conscious and able to communicate with officials after they arrived at the scene.
Although Woods was able to communicate with the first responders, Woods needed to be pulled out of his SUV using a pry bar and an ax. According to Villanueva, the 2021 Genesis crashed not only into the median, but also into the two southbound lanes, a curb, trees, and finally proceeded to roll over several times.
Back in May of 2017, Tiger Woods was arrested after police officers suspected that Woods was driving under the influence. Woods ended up pleading guilty to reckless driving, and the DUI charge was eventually dropped after Woods agreed to attend a diversion/rehab program.
Fast forward four-years later though, authorities said that there was no evidence that Woods was impaired after they checked both Woods and the SUV for signs of any substance use.
Woods, who hosted the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club, did not play in the tournament this past weekend as he was recovering from another back surgery; the fifth back surgery since 2017. When talking with Jim Nantz at the Genesis Invitational, Woods expressed how he hoped to play in the upcoming Masters tournament which is set to tee-off on April 5th.
Now, after Woods’ team posted an update on social media informing the public that the golfing legend sustained open fractures to both the upper and lower parts of his tibia and fibula in his right leg, damage to the ankle bones, and trauma to the muscle and soft tissue of the leg, it is safe to say that Woods will not be playing in the 2021 Masters come April. Yet, even more heartbreaking is that golfing fans might not get to see Woods compete in another professional golf tournament again.
Nevertheless, regardless if Woods competes in another professional golf tournament again, it is a sigh of relief that the Woods did not sustain any life threatening injuries, and we don’t have to mourn the loss of another professional sports legend.
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