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Tiger Woods was 'agitated and impatient and almost hit another car as he sped out of five-star resort' on his way to country club just 15 minutes before horror LA crash that shattered his right leg and left him needing surgery

 Tiger Woods was agitated, impatient, took off fast and almost hit another car at the LA resort where he was staying just 15 minutes before 'horror' crash that shattered his right leg and left doubts hanging over his future in sport.

Oliver Konteh, who is part of a TV crew filming show 'Grown-ish' at the five-star Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes where Woods was staying, said he saw the athlete get into his $50,000 rented Genesis GV80 SUV shortly before 7am as he headed to the Rolling Hill Country Club - where he was due to tee off with Drew Brees at 7.30am.

Konteh said Woods was blocked for a short time by another vehicle that was unloading luggage, and by the time he left he looked 'agitated and impatient'. 

He told TMZ that Woods 'took off fast' and almost hit another car belonging to the 'Grown-ish' director as he left the parking lot, just after 7am.

A front door camera then captured Woods driving at normal speed around 7.05am along Hawthorne Boulevard, around five miles south of the spot where he would later crash.

Around 7.15am Woods lost control on a downhill stretch of the road, smashed through a road sign and rolled his car several hundred feet in a horror smash that police said he was 'lucky to survive'.

Woods is now 'awake, responsive and recovering' at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, his team have said, after extensive surgery to repair his right leg.  

Anish Mahajan, chief medical officer at the hospital, said Woods suffered comminuted open fractures of his tibia and fibula - where the bone splinters into two or more pieces and comes through the skin - and had a rod inserted in his tibia, with his foot and ankle 'stabilized with a combination of screws and pins'.

Muscles surrounding the bones were cut to relieve swelling, Mahajan said, describing the injuries as 'significant'. 

He did not say what Woods' prognosis is, or whether he will be able to play golf again. Girlfriend Erica Herman is thought to be at the 15-time major winner's bedside.  

Police said Woods did not appear to be under the influence at the time of the crash but that blood tests will be carried out as part of an investigation due to last 'weeks'.

Woods has been recovering from back surgery and taking a break from professional golf, though he was expected to return sometime later this year. It is not clear whether he was taking pain medication, though he has taken opiod medication after back surgery in the past which resulted in an addiction.

In 2017 he was arrested for DUI after police found him slumped in his car in Florida with five drugs in his system, including two two painkillers. He subsequently checked into rehab for painkiller addiction.

He was involved in another high-profile crash in 2009 when he hit a fire hydrant after being chased from his home by then-wife Elin Nordegren, which led him to admit to multiple affairs and drug use.  

Tiger Woods is awake and recovering in hospital after being given a general anesthetic during surgery to repair his shattered right leg after crashing his SUV in southern Los Angeles on Tuesday

Tiger Woods is awake and recovering in hospital after being given a general anesthetic during surgery to repair his shattered right leg after crashing his SUV in southern Los Angeles on Tuesday

Police said the golfer was 'lucky to be alive' after he hit a raised central reservation while driving at high speed, smashed through a wooden street sign, splintered a tree, and then rolled his car several times

Police said the golfer was 'lucky to be alive' after he hit a raised central reservation while driving at high speed, smashed through a wooden street sign, splintered a tree, and then rolled his car several times


Woods is now recovering at Harbor-UCLA hospital alongside girlfriend Erica Herman (pictured together at Atalanta in 2018), though doctors have not said whether he will be able to play golf again

Woods is now recovering at Harbor-UCLA hospital alongside girlfriend Erica Herman (pictured together at Atalanta in 2018), though doctors have not said whether he will be able to play golf again

Tiger Woods' team issued a statement on Twitter around 9:30pm local time in California on Tuesday night

Tiger Woods' team issued a statement on Twitter around 9:30pm local time in California on Tuesday night 

Police say Woods was travelling at high speed when he hit a raised central reservation, smashed through a wooden road sign, splintered a tree and then rolled his SUV off the wrong side of the road where it came to rest at the bottom of an embankment

Police say Woods was travelling at high speed when he hit a raised central reservation, smashed through a wooden road sign, splintered a tree and then rolled his SUV off the wrong side of the road where it came to rest at the bottom of an embankment

Woods' SUV was removed from the site on Tuesday afternoon, following the devastating crash in California

Woods' SUV was removed from the site on Tuesday afternoon, following the devastating crash in California

Woods' vehicle ploughed through the undergrowth, smashing into a tree and demolishing the bushes as it flipped

Woods' vehicle ploughed through the undergrowth, smashing into a tree and demolishing the bushes as it flipped

Woods is pictured alongside girlfriend Erica (far left), mother Kultida (second left), daughter Sam and son Charlie, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania (right) at the White House following his historic 15th Masters win in 2019

Woods is pictured alongside girlfriend Erica (far left), mother Kultida (second left), daughter Sam and son Charlie, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania (right) at the White House following his historic 15th Masters win in 2019

Gonzalez said he found Woods in the driver seat and that he was 'lucid and calm', likely due to shock, and revealed that he talked to the sportsman until the fire service arrived and used a halligan tool - a kind of crowbar with a large metal spike attached - to cut him free.

A neighbor who heard the crash called 911, and on arrival Gonzalez immediately realized that the golfer was too severely injured for him to move alone. Woods was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Gonzalez said he talked to Woods, to keep him calm until he could be cut from his vehicle, which was badly damaged from the impact - although the protective interior was intact.

'When I arrived on the scene Mr Woods was in the driver's seat,' Gonzalez said on Tuesday afternoon. 


'He was able to speak to me. He seemed calm and lucid. I kept Mr Woods calm until LA County fire department arrived on the scene.

'He told me his name was Tiger, and at that point I immediately recognized him. He seemed lucid and calm.

'He didn't seem concerned about his injuries, which is common in car accidents. They may be in shock, and pain not felt until later.'

Gonzalez said Woods did not seem obviously intoxicated, and the L.A. Sheriff's Department does not take blood tests at the scene of accidents. However, investigators will test whether he had drugs or alcohol in his system as a matter of routine. 

Gonzalez added: 'He was injured. And he was successfully removed and taken to the hospital.' 

Gonzalez reiterated that the particular stretch of road was 'a hot spot for traffic collisions and speed'.

He emphasized the severity of the accident, and said that Woods was saved by his well-built, modern vehicle.

'The interior passenger compartment was intact,' he said. 'The airbags deployed successfully.

'I think this speaks to the marvel of modern engineering.'

Woods was undergoing surgery on Tuesday for non life- threatening injuries including a compound fracture and a shattered ankle.

The accident happened en route to a Los Angeles golf course, to film for GolfTV. 

Woods, who lives in Florida, was driving alone near Rancho Palos Verdes when his Genesis GV80 crossed the central reservation and flipped over at 7.12am.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the vehicle 'rolled several hundred feet'.  

'He was alive, he was conscious,' said Villanueva, adding: 'He was not able to get up. That was not an option.'

'There was no evidence of impairment. There was no effort to draw blood or anything like that.'

Villanueva said he was traveling at 'a greater speed than normal,' but noted: 'That area has a high frequency of accidents.'

The crash happened on a downhill stretch of Hawthorne Boulevard which winds between the upmarket neighborhoods of Palos Verdes and Rolling Hills. 

The speed limit along that stretch of road is 45mph and road signs warn truck drivers to use lower gears, but Gonzalez says people are regularly clocked doing 80mph or more.

Villanueva said the weather was not a factor, and that Woods hit signs and 'sheared' a tree. There were 'no skidmarks, no braking. Hit the curb, hit a tree, and there were several roll overs,' he said. 


Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, who was first on the scene, is pictured addressing a press conference on Tuesday afternoon

Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, who was first on the scene, is pictured addressing a press conference on Tuesday afternoon

Woods' SUV smashed into the Rolling Hills Estates sign, shattering the wooden post

Woods' SUV smashed into the Rolling Hills Estates sign, shattering the wooden post

Investigators are pictured photographing the badly-damaged SUV, with greenery still attached to it

Investigators are pictured photographing the badly-damaged SUV, with greenery still attached to it

Part of Woods' Genesis SUV is seen being removed from the site on Tuesday afternoon following the high-speed crash

Part of Woods' Genesis SUV is seen being removed from the site on Tuesday afternoon following the high-speed crash

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva held a press conference on Tuesday afternoon following Woods' accident

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva held a press conference on Tuesday afternoon following Woods' accident


A second accident happened, when people slowed down to look. No one was injured in that second crash. 

Firefighters used a halligan tool to extricate Woods, freeing him from the car via the window.

They did not, contrary to their initial statement, use the 'jaws of life' to break open the car. 

Officials said that Woods was taken to 'the most appropriate' trauma center, rather than the closest one - saying this was a sign that he was not at immediate risk of losing his life. 

Speaking about the lead-up to the crash, Oliver Konteh - a member of the crew working on the TV show 'Grown-ish' which was being filmed at the resort where Woods was staying - said Woods left shortly after 7am and appeared to be in a hurry.

TMZ reports that he was due to give a golf lesson to Drew Brees for GolfTV at the Rolling Hills Country Club at 7.30am, which is a roughly 20 minute drive from the resort.

Konteh said Woods was in his car a little before 7am, making him on time, but he was delayed by a car that blocked him in while luggage was being unloaded.

When the other car eventually moved, Konteh said Woods 'took off fast' and nearly hit another car belonging to the director of 'Grown-ish'. 

Woods' Genesis SUV is seen being removed from the crash site on Tuesday

Woods' Genesis SUV is seen being removed from the crash site on Tuesday

The badly-damaged vehicle, with its airbags inflated, was winched away on Tuesday afternoon

The badly-damaged vehicle, with its airbags inflated, was winched away on Tuesday afternoon

A straight line cut across the windscreen showed where first responders had sliced open the car to free Woods

A straight line cut across the windscreen showed where first responders had sliced open the car to free Woods


He was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where had 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.   

A source familiar with the investigation told The Los Angeles Times that Woods was staying at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes and had left there early Tuesday to head to the Rolling Hills Country Club, about 20 minutes away, for filming. 

Golf Digest confirmed that Woods was on his way back to the country club for an additional photo and video shoot when the crash occurred.  

On Monday, he filmed with Jada Pinkett Smith, Dwyane Wade and David Spade for a series which involves him giving celebrities golfing lessons. 

On Tuesday he was scheduled to film with NFL stars Drew Brees, quarterback with the New Orleans Saints, and Justin Herbert, quarterback with the Los Angeles Chargers, ESPN reported.  

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.

The car, which costs from $49,925, was 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, and that he was seen speeding away from his hotel moments before the crash. 

The crew of Grown-ish were also staying at the Terranea Resort. 

The show's director - who wasn't named but was quoted by TMZ - said Woods nearly hit his car on his way out. 

He seemed 'agitated and impatient' because he was held back from leaving, another source said.

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.

Pinkett Smith uploaded photos of her on the golf course with him on Instagram, writing: 'Guess who I had the most awesome golf day with yesterdayyyyyy??? Yes! The magnificent @tigerwoods!!!! 

'Yes ... dreams come true. I can’t wait for you to see my golf journey with Tiger. Stay tuned! @golftv @golfdigest' 

David Spade also tweeted a photo with him. 

'Golf lesson with this guy today. And you know what? He’s not bad… He picks things up very quickly. Good listener,' he captioned it. 

Wayde uploaded a video of the pair where Woods was in high spirits.

They joked around about Wayde's ability. Woods laughed: 'We're getting better!'

Images taken at the scene show police markings traversing the road and going over the central reservation which suggests that is the path Woods took.  

In a statement, the sheriff's department said: 'On February 23, at approximately 7.12am, LASD responded to a single vehicle roll-over traffic collision on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes.  

Woods is currently being treated at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles

Woods is currently being treated at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles

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


Firefighters used what they call a halligan tool to rip open Woods' car and rescue him on Tuesday morning

Firefighters used what they call a halligan tool to rip open Woods' car and rescue him on Tuesday morning 

A close-up shows blood on the airbag in the drivers seat after Woods was pulled from the vehicle

A close-up shows blood on the airbag in the drivers seat after Woods was pulled from the vehicle

On Monday, Woods filmed with David Spade and Jada Pinkett Smith for GolfTV. He was staying in L.A. for a two-day shoot after hosting the PGA tournament over the weekend
On Monday, Woods filmed with David Spade and Jada Pinkett Smith for GolfTV. He was staying in L.A. for a two-day shoot after hosting the PGA tournament over the weekend

On Monday, Woods filmed with David Spade and Jada Pinkett Smith for GolfTV. He was staying in L.A. for a two-day shoot after hosting the PGA tournament over the weekend


Dwyane Wade was also on the golf course with him on Monday afternoon
Woods was driving a Genesis GV80 that he'd been lent for the week

Dwyane Wade was also on the golf course with him on Monday afternoon (left). Woods was driving a Genesis GV80 that he'd been lent for the week 

'The vehicle was traveling northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard, at Blackhorse Road, when it crashed.

'The vehicle sustained major damage. 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 LA County firefighters and paramedics, then transported to a local hospital by ambulance for his injuries.' 

Woods lives with his girlfriend, Erica Herman, in his mansion in Jupiter, Florida. 

His agent recently hit out at an HBO documentary about him that he said was 'salacious' and 'just another unauthorized and salacious outsider attempt to paint an incomplete portrait of one of the greatest athletes of all-time'. 

The documentary focuses on his childhood and his relationship with his father Earl, and also includes interviews with kindergarten teachers and former girlfriends. 

Woods does not appear and he has always been shy of sharing details of his personal life. 

He has two kids with his ex-wife Elin Nordegren - a daughter, Sam, 13, and son Charlie, 12. 

Woods and Nordegren divorced in 2010 after his infidelity with multiple women was exposed. 

The sporting world reacted with shock on Tuesday as news of the accident spread.

Justin Thomas, one of Woods' friends and former World Number One, said: 'I'm sick to my stomach. It hurts to see one of my closest friends get in an accident. I just hope he's all right.


The vehicle driven by golfer Tiger Woods lies on its side in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on Tuesday, after the accident

The vehicle driven by golfer Tiger Woods lies on its side in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on Tuesday, after the accident

The crash happened on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes in LA on Tuesday morning. Woods was on his way to the Rolling Hills Country Club when he crashed

The crash happened on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes in LA on Tuesday morning. Woods was on his way to the Rolling Hills Country Club when he crashed 

Woods with his 12-year-old son Charlie in December
Elin Nordegren, left, Sam Alexis Woods, center, and Erica Herman follow Tiger Woods and Charlie Woods on the 11th hole during the final round of the PNC Championship golf tournament, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, in Orlando

Woods has two kids with his ex-wife, Elin Nordegren. He is pictured with his 12-year-old son Charlie, left. Elin and his 13-year-old daughter, Sam, are shown, right, with his current girlfriend Erica Herman watching him at the PNC Championship in December 2020 

Woods was driving to Rolling Hills Country Club in Rolling Hills Estates to film for a second day for GolfTV when he crashed

Woods was driving to Rolling Hills Country Club in Rolling Hills Estates to film for a second day for GolfTV when he crashed


'Just worried for his kids.. I'm sure they'll struggle.'   

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement: 'We have been made aware of Tiger Woods' car accident today. 

'We are awaiting further information when he comes out of surgery. On behalf of the PGA TOUR and our players, Tiger is in our prayers and will have our full support as he recovers.'

Former President Donald Trump released a statement through his spokesperson to wish him well. 

'Get well soon, Tiger. You are a true champion!' he said. 

Trump is still banned from Twitter. 

He later appeared on Fox News, on Tuesday evening, and called him 'a very special guy in many ways'. 

Trump and Woods have played golf together several times, and the former president was effusive in his praise. 

'He's a very respected person, so respected by the other players,' said Trump.

'They idolize him.

'He's going to be back - he's been back before, he'll be back again.

'He knows how to do it and I have no doubt.

'He'll be back. He will be there, you watch.'

Asked what he would say to Woods, Trump said he'd tell him that he was needed.

'I'd say get better, and get out there, because we all need him,' he said.

'When he's on a show, the ratings are double and triple. Few people have that phenomena.

'Ratings go up two or three times from when he wasn't competing. The television ratings for golf go through the roof.'

He said there was 'something very unique about Tiger.' 

Rachel Uchitel, Woods' former mistress who was the first to go public with allegations of infidelity in 2009, told The New York Post she was 'shaken up' by the crash. 

'Obviously hearing the news has shaken me up as it’s probably shaken everybody up to see that. 

'Hearing [agent Mark Steinberg] say that he’s in surgery for his legs is something that really worries me and when you hear a comment like that you know it’s true.

'He’s an athlete and his legs are essential to his sport and to him being who he is and he’s already had trouble with his body up until this point...

'He didn’t need any more injuries,' she said.  

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