Tiger Woods hospitalised after serious car crash

The 45 year suffered multiple leg injuries that required surgery 

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Golf superstar Tiger Woods was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital after being involved in a serious car crash on Tuesday,

The 45-year-old was involved in a single vehicle roll-over traffic collision according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department causing leg injuries that required hours of surgery.

Woods had "undergone a long surgical procedure on his lower right leg and ankle" and he was "currently awake, responsive and recovering in his hospital room," a statement said on his Twitter account.

He suffered "significant orthopaedic injuries," the statement read, which required the insertion of a rod in his tibia as well as combination of rods and screws into his foot and ankle.

Police reported that the winner of 15 major championships had to be "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 apparently lost control of his vehicle, hit a curb and a tree before rolling over several times, Alex Villanueva, the Los Angeles County sheriff, said in a news conference.

It was not immediately clear what effect the accident may have on the future of his career.

Woods' start at the Masters in Augusta was already in question after undergoing a fifth back surgery in December 2020.

Woods was the host of the PGA's tour annual Genesis Invitational at the Riviera Country Club last weekend. He did not compete as he is still having issues after his back surgery.

When interviewed during the broadcast of the tournament the American did not offer a timetable for his comeback but he did express concern that surgeons might run out of options:

"This is the only back I've got. I don't have much more wiggle room there."

The American has not played competitive golf since December.

Messages of support poured in from all over the world. Alpine skiing great Lindsey Vonn tweeted: "Praying for Tiger woods right now.

Golfing legend Jack Nicklaus wrote: "Please join us in wishing Tiger a successful surgery and all the best for a full recovery."

NBA superstar Stephen Curry wrote: "Heal up quickly @Tiger Woods. Praying for you and your family."

Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson also sent words of support.