Video report by ITV News Washington Correspondent Emma Murphy
Scandals aside, Tiger Woods - one of the most famous golfers of all time - has had a run of health disasters that have set him back in his career.
A statement on Woods’ Twitter account said the golfer had suffered multiple “open fractures” to his lower right leg, with a rod placed in his tibia and screws and pins in his ankle.
But the golfer is lucky to be alive, authorities said. He appears to be on track to survive after being pried from his SUV following the crash at around 7am (PST) in the Los Angeles area.
No other cars were involved in the crash.
Here is a brief history of Woods' career and injuries:
Woods' golf career took off after after he won the third straight US Amateur and turned professional in August 1996. He completed the "Tiger Slam" in 2001, becoming the only player to hold all four professional majors at the same time.
2008 - Knee and leg injuries
His first setback came in June 2008, when he won the US Open but with shredded knee ligaments and two stress fractures in his left leg. He was out for eight months.
2009 - Scandal
A year later in November 2009, after Woods crashes his SUV into a tree and a fire hydrant outside his Windemere Florida home, his personal life unraveled with reports of multiple extramarital affairs. As a result, he lost major sponsorship endorsements.
He spent 45 days in a clinic and did not return to golf until the 2010 Masters.
His first victory after the scandal came in March 2012, when he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational for his first PGA Tour.
2014 - First back surgery
His third setback came in April 2014 when he had back surgery a week before the Masters and had to miss the tournament at Augusta National for the first time. Woods also missed the PGA Championship in August that year and the Ryder Cup, saying he will take the rest of the year off to get healthy.
Woods returned for the Phoenix Open in February 2015 but missed the cut. A week later at Torrey Pines, he withdrew after 11 holes. He then announced he will take time off to work on his game, saying that "my play, and scores, are not acceptable for tournament golf".
2015 - More back surgeries
Still blighted with back issues, Woods has a second back surgery in September 2015 and then has a third procedure on his back a month later.
In a press conference in December, Woods said of his future: “So where is the light at the end of the tunnel? I don’t know.”
2017 - Fourth back surgery
In January 2017, Woods makes his first PGA Tour start since 2015 and misses the cut at Torrey Pines.
In April he has his fourth back surgery to fuse his lower back.
In May, he is arrested after police find him asleep behind the wheel of his car with the engine running. He attributes it to a bad combination of pain medication. In October, he pleads guilty to reckless driving.
2019 - Comeback after four back surgeries
Woods returned to competition from December 2017. But it is only in April 2019 that he makes his great comeback by winning the Masters for his fifth green jacket and 15th major title, his first in 11 years.
2020 - fifth back surgery
In December 2020, Woods has a fifth back surgery, a microdiscectomy.