American golfing legend Tiger Woods has been taken to hospital after he was injured in a vehicle accident in Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to reports coming out of the United States.
Woods' agent Mark Steinberg said: "He is now in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support".
Steinberg, confirmed the crash to Golf Digest with a statement.
Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, said the golfer suffered multiple leg injuries.
According to the Los Angels County Sheriff's Department, firefighters and paramedics had to use the "jaws of life" to extract the 15-time major champion from his vehicle, which crashed on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes at 7:12 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23. The vehicle sustained major damage. Now undergoing surgery on leg injuries.
"I'm sick to my stomach", Thomas said.
"You know, it hurts to see one of your. now one of my closest friends get in an accident".
"Man, I just hope he's all right".
Woods was in great form in 2008, winning his opening four events of the season, but the US Open was his first event since undergoing knee surgery after finishing runner-up in the Masters. "On behalf of the PGA Tour and our players, Tiger is in our prayers and will have our full support as he recovers".
Tiger Woods is one of the most successful golfers of all time, spending a record 683 weeks in the World Number One position, most recently from March 2013 through May 2014. He then took a break from golf but returned shortly afterwards. After managing to return to No. 1 in the world, injuries began to take their toll on his body. But "Law enforcement sources speaking to The Times on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the matter said Woods was traveling at a high rate of speed and lost control of the vehicle before crossing the center divider". He then entered a clinic to get help with his reliance on pain medications and a sleep disorder. Two years later and 3,954 days since that US Open victory over Mediate, Woods held his nerve on a chaotic final day at Augusta National to win his 15th major title and fifth green jacket in the 83rd Masters.
Woods also served as a major influence on the modern generation of golfers such as Australian world No. 1 Jason Day, who has said he read a book about Woods and chose to copy the American's high work ethic, spending hours and hours on the practice range.