(CNN)In the days leading up to the crash that authorities say he was lucky to survive, golf legend Tiger Woods was in his element, hosting a PGA tour event and giving golf lessons to sports stars and actors for a TV special.
Tiger Woods had a rod inserted in his leg during an emergency surgery after a high-speed crashIt was around 7 a.m. PT on Tuesday in Rancho Palos Verdes, near Los Angeles, when the SUV he was driving crossed a median and went across two lanes of road before hitting a curb, hitting a tree and landing on its side off the roadway in the brush. The 15-time major champion was lucid following the crash and was taken to a hospital for surgery.The wreck brought to a halt a series of events that had him “in good spirits,” said Daniel Rapaport, the Tiger Woods correspondent for Golf Digest. A vehicle rests on its side after a rollover accident involving golfer Tiger Woods Tuesday.From a tournament to golf lessonsWoods, 45, spent the weekend hosting a PGA Tour event, the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. Some of the proceeds of the event went to his foundation.Read MoreThe tournament provided him a 2021 Genesis as a courtesy car for his time in California. Genesis posted a photo with a smiling Woods to its Instagram, captioning it “The man, the myth, the tournament host.”He was seen intermittently on Saturday and more often during Sunday’s final round.Here's what we know about Tiger Woods' car accident and injuriesOn Monday, he was hanging out with NBA legend Dwyane Wade, actress Jada Pinkett Smith and actor David Spade for a series for Golf Digest and Golf TV at Rolling Hills Country Club.He was filming a series in which he gives on-course golf instructions to celebrities, according to Golf Digest and Golf TV. He was not playing or hitting, Rapaport told CNN’s “Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”All of the day’s golfers appeared to be smiling and having fun.”The reason I picked up a golf club. Yesterday was a pretty cool day! Thank you @tigerwoods @golfdigest for this dope opportunity!” Wade wrote on Instagram.Smith posted photos on Twitter of her and Woods at the links.”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!” she wrote.Spade joked about Woods’ ability as an instructor.”Golf lesson with this guy today. And you know what? He’s not bad… He picks things up very quickly. Good listener,” he tweeted with a photo of himself and a smiling Woods.The golfer had a call time of 7:30 a.m. Tuesday to beginning shooting for the second day at 8 a.m. Tuesday’s scheduled filming was to include Woods with Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert, a source familiar with the shoot told CNN. ESPN reports that New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was also to be a part of the shoot with Herbert. CNN has reached out to the New Orleans Saints for comment but has not heard back.But before he could make it there, Woods crashed — the SUV rolling over on a stretch of road known for speeding and accidents, authorities said. Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsTiger Woods reacts after winning the Masters golf tournament in April 2019. It was his 15th major title and his first since 2008.Hide Caption 1 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods had his first brush with fame when he was just 2 years old. The young golfing prodigy appeared on “The Mike Douglas Show” in 1978, winning a putting contest with comedian Bob Hope.Hide Caption 2 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods, 6, sizes up a putt in Los Alamitos, California, in 1982. His real name is Eldrick, but his father nicknamed him “Tiger” after a South Vietnamese soldier he fought alongside with during the Vietnam War. Hide Caption 3 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods and his father, Earl, celebrate after a 15-year-old Tiger won the US Junior Amateur Championship in 1991. He won the event in 1992 and 1993 as well.Hide Caption 4 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods, 16, tees off at the Los Angeles Open in 1992. That was his first taste of PGA Tour competition, albeit as an amateur. He missed the 36-hole cut.Hide Caption 5 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods played for the United States during the World Amateur Team Cup, which took place in France in 1994.Hide Caption 6 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods hits a tee shot during the 1995 Walker Cup, an international team event.Hide Caption 7 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods talks to the media after winning his third-straight US Amateur in 1996. Throughout his life, Woods has worn red on the final day of a big tournament.Hide Caption 8 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods played two years of college golf at Stanford University. He won the NCAA individual golf title in 1996.Hide Caption 9 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods turned professional in August 1996, and it didn’t take long for him to win his first tournament. Six weeks after he announced he was going pro — with a famous “Hello, world” ad campaign for Nike — Woods won the Las Vegas Invitational. That earned him this big check, a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour and a spot in the following year’s Masters tournament.Hide Caption 10 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods made history at the 1997 Masters, blowing away the field by 12 strokes to win his first major. At the time, it was also a record-low Masters score of 18 under par.Hide Caption 11 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods hugs his father, Earl, after winning the 1997 Masters. Earl, a former Green Beret, was widely credited with developing his son’s prodigious talent and pushing him to be the ultimate competitor.Hide Caption 12 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods arrives at an airport in Hamburg, Germany, in May 2000.Hide Caption 13 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods plays a shot from the ninth fairway during the 2000 US Open in Pebble Beach, California. Woods won the tournament by 15 shots, a record for any major. It was Woods’ third major title by this point; he had also won the 1999 PGA Championship.Hide Caption 14 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsA month after the US Open, Woods won the 2000 British Open at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland. That gave him the career Grand Slam — a win in each of the four different majors — at the age of 24.Hide Caption 15 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods chips out of the rough at the 2000 PGA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky. Throughout his career, Woods has always had the largest galleries, with thousands of people flocking from hole to hole to watch him play. He’s also been credited with bringing in millions of new fans to the sport.Hide Caption 16 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods reacts as he sinks a putt during a playoff at the 2000 PGA Championship. Woods defeated Bob May in the playoff to win his third straight major.Hide Caption 17 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsFans watch Woods tee off on the 18th hole at the 2001 Masters. Woods went on to win the event and complete what’s now called the Tiger Slam — four consecutive major titles.Hide Caption 18 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods chats with golf legend Jack Nicklaus at the Memorial tournament in June 2001. The two are widely considered to be the two greatest golfers in history, and only Nicklaus has won more major titles than Woods.Hide Caption 19 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods arrives in a military vehicle before a golf exhibition in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in 2004. Woods spent the week training with Army troops before hosting a junior golf clinic for his Tiger Woods Foundation. Woods’ father, Earl, was stationed at the base in the 1960s.Hide Caption 20 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods and Phil Mickelson line up their putts during the final round of the Ford Championship in March 2005. For much of Woods’ career, Mickelson was considered his biggest rival.Hide Caption 21 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods celebrates with his caddie, Steve Williams, after his famous chip-in at the 2005 Masters. Woods went on to win his fourth green jacket.Hide Caption 22 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods hugs Williams after winning the British Open in Hoylake, England in 2006. It was Woods’ first major win since the death of his father just a couple of months earlier.Hide Caption 23 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods stands with his mother, Kultida, and his daughter, Sam, as a statue of him and his father is unveiled at the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, California, in January 2008.Hide Caption 24 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods had a fractured tibia and a torn ligament in his knee, but he gutted out a playoff win over Rocco Mediate at the 2008 US Open. It was his third US Open win and his 14th major title.Hide Caption 25 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsPresident Barack Obama hosted Woods in the White House Oval Office in April 2009.Hide Caption 26 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods hits a shot during a PGA Championship practice round in August 2009.Hide Caption 27 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods holds his daughter, Sam, as he and his wife, Elin, attend a Stanford football game in November 2009. Woods married Elin, a model, in 2004. The couple also have a son, Charlie.Hide Caption 28 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods approaches a lectern before giving a televised statement in February 2010. Woods apologized for being unfaithful to his wife and letting down both fans and family. “I had affairs, I cheated,” he said. “What I did was not acceptable, and I am the only person to blame.” It was his first public appearance since being hospitalized a couple months earlier following a car crash outside his home. Woods said he was in therapy for “issues,” which he did not explain. He and his wife divorced in August 2010.Hide Caption 29 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods plays virtual golf with talk-show host Jimmy Fallon in 2011.Hide Caption 30 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods jokes with golf great Arnold Palmer after winning the Bay Hill Invitational in March 2013 and regaining his spot as the world’s top-ranked golfer.Hide Caption 31 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods falls to the ground in pain after hitting a shot at The Barclays in August 2013. A few months later, he would undergo back surgery for a pinched nerve.Hide Caption 32 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsFrom left, Woods, Jason Dufner and Mickelson hang out at the Muirfield Village Golf Club, where the Presidents Cup was taking place in Dublin, Ohio, in October 2013.Hide Caption 33 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods kisses his then-girlfriend, skiing superstar Lindsey Vonn, at an event in Beaver Creek, Colorado, in 2015. The two dated for a couple of years.Hide Caption 34 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsIn 2017, Woods was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Woods, who was rehabbing from another back surgery, said in a statement that he had “an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications” and that alcohol was not involved. He pleaded guilty to reckless driving and went on probation.Hide Caption 35 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods is trailed by jubilant fans during the final round of the Tour Championship in Atlanta in 2018. It was his first PGA Tour victory since 2013.Hide Caption 36 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsPresident Donald Trump presents Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in May 2019. It was just a month after Woods won his fifth Masters and 15th major. Trump hailed Woods as a “global symbol of American excellence” and congratulated him on his “amazing comeback.”Hide Caption 37 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods captained the US team to a Presidents Cup win in December 2019.Hide Caption 38 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods putts during the second round of the Masters in November 2020.Hide Caption 39 of 40 Photos: Golf icon Tiger WoodsWoods and his son, Charlie, warm up before the final round of the PNC Championship in December 2020. Videos of Charlie’s impressive swing, a swing that looks much like his father’s, went viral on social media.Hide Caption 40 of 40Still feeling a ‘little bit stiff’ after another procedureTuesday’s wreck came as Woods was still recovering from another surgery.Tiger Woods is hopeful but uncertain he'll be fit for this year's Masters after undergoing back surgery Woods, who has won a record-tying 82 PGA Tour events, announced earlier this year that he had a recent back operation, the fifth of his professional career.In a video posted Sunday on the PGA Tour’s Twitter feed, Woods told CBS sportscaster Jim Nantz that he was “feeling fine” but a “little bit stiff” after his most recent procedure. He said he was scheduled to get one more MRI.Woods previously had back surgery — a spinal fusion — in 2017 and made his return almost a year later. He went on to launch a remarkable comeback, winning the Masters in 2019.Sports stars, politicians and actors rally around himIcons of sports and screen Tuesday posted their wishes to Woods for a speedy recovery.”Barbara and I just heard about Tiger’s accident, and like everyone else, we are deeply concerned,” Jack Nicklaus, whose record of 18 major titles Woods has been chasing, tweeted. “We want to offer him our heartfelt support and prayers at this difficult time. Please join us in wishing Tiger a successful surgery and all the best for a full recovery.”Former President Barack Obama sent his hopes on Twitter as well.Tiger Woods completed one of sport's greatest comebacks. Can he do it again?“Sending my prayers to @TigerWoods and his family tonight—here’s to a speedy recovery for the GOAT of golf. If we’ve learned anything over the years, it’s to never count Tiger out,” he wrote.Smith also wrote about the golfer she called the GOAT (or the greatest of all time).”Was just with him yesterday. Don’t take not even a MOMENT for granted! I know you’re good because your Tiger within is a beast!!!” she tweeted.”Love you big brother… but We will get through this,” tennis star Serena Williams said on Twitter.
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