Published On: Tue, Feb 23rd, 2021

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Tiger Woods rushed to hospital following car accident

The golfing legend has today been rushed to hospital after suffering “multiple leg injuries” in a car crash in Los Angeles, California. The LA County Sheriff’s Department said that it “responded to a single-vehicle rollover” incident in which the “vehicle sustained major damage”. The 15-time major winner was cut from his car by firefighters after the crash occurred just after 7am on Tuesday morning.

LA County Sheriff’s Department added: “The driver and sole occupant was identified as PGA golfer, Eldrick ‘Tiger’ Woods.

“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.”

Tributes have poured in online to the much-loved sportsman.

One reads: “Thoughts are with Tiger Woods. Hope it’s not as serious as appears.”

Tiger Woods has been rushed to hospital

Tiger Woods has been rushed to hospital (Image: GETTY)

The 15-time major winner was cut from his car

The 15-time major winner was cut from his car (Image: SG)

Another added: “Tiger’s agent says he is in surgery with multiple leg injuries. Prayers up for the greatest.”

And a third stated: “Thoughts are with Tiger Woods and others involved, wishing a speedy recovery and I hope the injuries are not bad.”

And as the world hopes he makes a full, speedy recovery, his fighting spirit has already been witnessed numerous times.

Between 2008-17, Mr Woods played a full schedule on the PGA Tour just three times after sustaining multiple injuries.

In 2014, he withdrew on the 13th green in the final round of the Honda Classic, citing lower back spasms.

But he underwent career-saving spine fusion surgery in 2017 and sealed an impressive comeback season in 2018 with his first win for five years.

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The incident happened shortly after 7am on Tuesday morning

The incident happened shortly after 7am on Tuesday morning (Image: SG)

He said: “I didn’t know if I was going to be able to be here because I couldn’t ride in a cart.

“The bouncing just hurt too much. Driving a car still hurt.

“That’s all gone now, which is fantastic, and yeah, there were some intrepid times, not just for this golf tournament but for life going forward.”

In 2019, Mr Woods pulled off arguably one of sports greatest ever comebacks when he won his first major in 11 years at The Masters.

The 45-year-old overcame the odds and clinched his fifth green jacket.

While the historic win may have come as a welcome change for Mr Woods compared to recent years, it would not have been a surprise.

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Mr Woods has undergone several surgeries over the years

Mr Woods has undergone several surgeries over the years (Image: GETTY)

It is the same mentality that was ingrained into him as a boy by his father Earl Woods.

He revealed during his 2017 book: ‘Unprecedented: The Masters and Me’ why his dad called him the “assassin” on the course.

He wrote: “There was a difference between winning and beating.

“I wanted to win, sure, but I wanted to win by as many shots as possible.

“My mum liked me to ‘stomp’ on the other player, to use her word.

“I started to become what my dad called me, an ‘assassin’ on the course.

Tributes have poured in online for Mr Woods

Tributes have poured in online for Mr Woods (Image: GETTY)

“I developed that attitude at an early age, without intending to.

“It was just who I was, the more pressure there was in a tournament, the more I had to make a shot to keep a match going, or to win, the calmer I felt.”

Earl, who sadly passed away in 2006 following a long health battle, was a US Army veteran who served two tours in Vietnam.

Mr Woods revealed how his dad’s military training helped make him into an assassin and win his first major event – the 1997 Masters – at the age of just 20.

The legendary golfer struggled on his first nine holes of the first round, turning at four-over-par, and looked sure to crash out.

He added: “The mental training for golf that my dad had put me through proved itself during that short walk from the ninth green to the tenth tee.

Tiger Woods with his father, Earl

Tiger Woods with his father, Earl (Image: GETTY)

“He had trained me to be that ‘cold-blooded assassin’ on the course, by applying more of the principles he had learned and used in the military.

“I needed this training if I was going to be able to deal with life as a professional golfer.

“Maybe it sounded arrogant that I entered the tournament to win, but that is how I felt and I wasn’t going to pretend otherwise.”

In a remarkable turnaround on the back nine of the 1997 Masters, Mr Woods pulled off the seemingly impossible.

He made four birdies and an eagle gave him a six-under-par score of 30 on the back nine, leaving him in the clubhouse on a respectable two-under-par after his first round.

Then, in the second and third rounds, he scored the best rounds of each day (65-66) to open up a commanding nine-shot lead.

A final-round 69 gave Mr Woods a tournament record 270 (−18), bettering the previous record of 271 set by Jack Nicklaus in 1965.

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