But it wouldn't be a subsequent knee surgery that derailed his career, instead it was transgressions in his personal life - revealed to the media and public in 2009 as the result of another auto crash - that would ultimately put a halt to his golf. "The vehicle sustained major damage".
"He had said he had taken a lot of painkillers at that time, because we all know Tiger has gone under a lot of surgeries over the years and painkillers have become part of his life".
Justin Thomas, one of Woods' closest friends on the PGA Tour, heard the news of the crash shortly before he appeared at a virtual press conference ahead of this week's WGC-Workday Championship.
Woods' agent Mark Steinberg gave an update on the golfer's health, telling NBC News in a statement, "Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident this morning in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries". "He is now in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support".
A KABC-TV helicopter over the scene of Woods' accident showed a vehicle on its side with the front end heavily damaged.
In May 2017, Florida police found him asleep behind the wheel of a auto parked awkwardly on the side of the road. Air bags appeared to be deployed.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said there was no evidence of impairment from Woods when authorities arrived on the scene and he was wearing a seatbelt when the crash occurred.
Woods, 45, was in California for a two-day content shoot with Golf Digest/GOLFTV after serving as host for the PGA Tour's Genesis Invitational over the weekend. He was to spend Monday and Tuesday filming with Discovery-owned GOLFTV, with whom he has an endorsement contract. A tweet Monday showed him with comedian David Spade.
According to Golf Digest, also owned by Discovery, the TV shoot was on-course lessons to celebrities, such as Spade and Dwyane Wade. He did not play. Woods is reportedly in "serious" condition at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
After a series of injuries and personal issues derailed his career at times, Woods claimed his 15th major title at the Masters in 2019, his fifth time earning the coveted green jacket given to Masters champions.
Four back surgeries, including the aforementioned spinal fusion, left him in so much pain that he struggled to get out of bed and play with his children. "I just hope he's all right". The most notorious was the early morning after Thanksgiving in 2009, when his SUV ran over a fire hydrant and hit a tree. Subsequently, Woods checked into a rehabilitation clinic and stepped away from golf for five months.
In May 2017, Florida police found him asleep behind the wheel of a auto parked awkwardly on the side of the road. In the midst of all the operations and failed comebacks to the sport, there was also the arrest on a DUI charge in 2017 and an addiction to painkillers used to treat his back.