Tiger Woods is undergoing surgery following a car crash

Tiger Woods is undergoing surgery following a car crash

The wreckage of Woods’ car on Tuesday after the crash shortly at 7am. He had to be pulled from the wreckage

By JENNIFER SMITH and JOSE LAMBIET FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Tiger Woods is undergoing surgery for non life- threatening injuries that include a compound fracture and a shattered ankle after crashing his car while on his way to an L.A. golf course to film for GolfTV on Tuesday.

The 45-year-old golfer was driving alone near Rancho Palos Verdes when his Genesis GV80 flipped over at 7.12am.

Tiger Woods (Photo courtesy by AP)

Firefighters had to use a device known as the ‘jaws of life’ to break open the car and rescue him.

He was then taken to an unspecified L.A. hospital where he is now undergoing surgery to correct ‘multiple injuries’ on his legs, his agent Mark Steinberg said in a statement shortly after the crash.

‘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,’ Steinberg said.

Sources close to the golfer told DailyMail.com his injuries include a compound fracture and shattered ankle in one leg. He is undergoing surgery to put the pieces of his ankle back together, the source added.

After initially refusing to give details on the severity of his injuries, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said they were non-life-threatening

Woods was on his way to the Rolling Hills Country Club for a second day of filming with Golf TV when he crashed. On Monday, he filmed with Jada Pinkett Smith, Dwyane Wade and David Spade for a series which involves him giving celebrities golfing lessons.

He lives in Florida but was in California over the weekend to host the PGA Genesis Invitational tournament. Genesis gave him a GV80 to drive for the week which is the vehicle he crashed on Tuesday morning.

What caused him to crash remains unknown. He was arrested in 2017 after crashing his car while drunk near his home in Jupiter, Florida.

Sources cited by TMZ say alcohol was not a factor in Tuesday’s crash but it is still under investigation.

Woods recently underwent his fifth back surgery and has not been playing competitively while he recovers. His live-in girlfriend Erica Herman is understood to be at the hospital where he is undergoing surgery. (AI/MAILONLINE)

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