Tiger Woods Car Crash: Sheriff Reveals Dangerously High Speed at Time of Near-Fatal Accident

by Suzanne Halliburton

Tiger Woods was driving at almost twice the legal speed limit when he crashed his SUV in a Los Angeles suburb in late February.

Woods, the champion golfer, suffered significant leg injuries in the crash. The injuries could threaten his career on the PGA Tour.

Woods was reportedly driving roughly 83 mph at the time of the crash, according to TMZ. The posted speed limit was 45. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is expected to release details of their investigation into the Woods’ crash later Wednesday. TMZ reported that the investigation found that excessive speed was the sole cause of the accident.

Tiger Woods was in the Los Angeles area as part of the Genesis Open, a golf tournament sponsored by his foundation. At the time, he still was recovering from back surgery he had two months before. Two days after the tournament ended, Woods crashed a rental Genesis SUV around 7 a.m., Feb. 23.

Woods was the lone person in the car and no other automobile was involved in the crash. The coastal road was a winding one, meaning excessive speed could be deadly.

Tiger Woods Suffered Significant Leg Injuries

Anish Mahajan, the chief medical officer for Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, said Tiger Woods shattered the tibia and fibula bones on his right leg. He said surgeons used a rod to stabilize those breaks. Surgeons also used screws and pins for the fractures in his ankle and foot.

CNN reported  that Woods lost control of his SUV and first hit a “Welcome to Rolling Hills Estates” sign. Then, he crossed a center divider and traveled more than 150 feet. This took Woods across the road’s shoulder and through shrubbery and a downed tree. This was according to a Los Angeles County affidavit for a search warrant to seize the SUV’s black box.

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CALIFORNIA FEBRUARY 23, 2021-L.A. County Sheriff’s officers investigate an accident involving famous golfer Tiger Woods along Hawthorne Blvd. in Ranch Paos Verdes Tuesday. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Woods spent several weeks in two Los Angeles area hospitals. He tweeted March 16 that he finally was home.

“Happy to report that I am back home and continuing my recovery. I am so grateful for the support and encouragement that I have received over the past few weeks.”

The Masters, one of golf’s most prestigious tournaments, starts Thursday in Augusta, Ga. Woods won the event in 2019. It was his 15th win of one of golf’s four grand slam events. Back in 1997, Woods one the Masters, his first-ever grand slam.

He won’t attend this year’s tournament as a spectator. He tweeted earlier this week about defending champion Dustin Johnson.

Woods wrote: “I’ll miss running up @DJohnsonPGA’s bill at the Champions Dinner tonight. It’s still one of my favorite nights of the year.”