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Sporting world reacts to horror accident


Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn, pictured here during their relationship.

Lindsey Vonn has led the sporting world’s tributes to Tiger Woods. Image: Getty

Ex-girlfriend Lindsey Vonn has led the sporting world in praying for Tiger Woods after the golf legend was injured in a horror car accident on Wednesday.

Woods suffered multiple leg injuries in a single-vehicle accident in the Los Angeles area and was rushed to hospital for surgery.

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The full extent of Woods’ injuries were not immediately known, though authorities say they are not considered life-threatening.

Woods, the sole occupant in the SUV, had to be extricated from the vehicle with the “jaws of life” tools, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

The vehicle sustained major damage, the sheriff’s department said.

“Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident this morning in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries,” his manager, Mark Steinberg, said.

“He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support.”

Sporting world reacts to Tiger Woods accident

Ex-girlfriend Vonn, a world champion and Olympic skier, said she was “praying” for Woods.

“Praying for TW right now,” she tweeted.

Woods and Vonn dated for about three years before they broke up in 2015.

She was regularly spotted at major tournaments watching him play.

Also reacting to Woods’ crash on Tuesday, fellow golfer Jordan Thomas said he was “sick to his stomach”

“It hurts to see one of my closest friends in an accident,” Thomas said at the Workday Championship in Florida.

“Man, I just hope he’s all right. I just worry for his kids. I’m sure they’re struggling.”

LA County Sheriff's officers, pictured here investigating an accident involving Tiger Woods.

LA County Sheriff’s officers investigate an accident involving Tiger Woods. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Fellow American golfer Cameron Champ said he saw the news of Woods’ crash as he was coming off the course.

“You have to be pulled out with the jaws of life it’s definitely not good circumstances,” Champ said.

“Hopefully, everything goes well with that and he can make a full recovery.”

Ian Poulter also tweeted his support.

“Thoughts are with @TigerWoods and others involved,“ Poulter wrote.

“Wishing a speedy recovery and I hope the injuries are not bad.”

The PGA Tour issued a statement from Commissioner Jay Monahan, saying: “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.”

Tiger Woods’ third car accident

Woods was in Los Angeles over the weekend as the tournament host of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera, where he presented the trophy.

He was supposed to spend Monday and Tuesday filming with Discovery-owned GOLFTV, with whom he has an endorsement contract.

It is the third time Woods has been involved in a motor vehicle investigation.

The most notorious was in the early morning after Thanksgiving in 2009, when his SUV ran over a fire hydrant and hit a tree.

That was the start of shocking revelations that he had been cheating on his wife with multiple women.

In May 2017, Florida police found him asleep behind the wheel of a car parked awkwardly on the side of the road.

He was arrested on a DUI charge and said later he had an unexpected reaction to prescription medicine for his back pain.

Woods underwent a fifth surgery on his troublesome back in December.

with AAP

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