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Lindsey: prayers for Tiger

Tiger Woods' ex-girlfriend, Lindsey Vonn, prayed for the golfer as he underwent emergency surgery following a car crash in California.

The sportsman had to be cut out of his Genesis 80 sports utility vehicle after it smashed into trees on Tuesday, near Rancho Palos Verdes.

He was taken to the nearby Harbor-UCLA Medical Center with multiple injuries to his legs, and friends and famous fans jumped on social media to post their best wishes to the golfer.

Lindsey, who dated Woods for close to three years before they split in 2015, tweeted: "Praying for TW right now."

Officials at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed the details of the accident, which occurred at 7.12 a.m. on Tuesday, stating: "The driver and sole occupant was identified as PGA golfer, Eldrick 'Tiger' Woods. Mr. Woods was extricated from the wreck with the 'jaws of life' by Los Angeles County firefighters and paramedics, then transported to a local hospital by ambulance for his injuries.

"The vehicle sustained major damage."

Woods was in California for the Genesis Invitational, which he hosted in Pacific Palisades over the weekend.

The accident comes just two months after he underwent a fifth back surgery in December, and he was hoping to be fit enough to play at the Masters Tournament in April.

His agent, Mark Steinberg, has confirmed the 45 year old suffered "multiple" leg injuries as a result of the crash.

"He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support," he told Golf Digest.

It's not the first time Tiger has been involved in a car accident - he crashed a vehicle in Florida in 2009 as he drove away from a marital dispute between the golf star and his then-wife Elin Nordegren.

Responding to the accident news and the surgery, officials at PGA TOUR released a statement, which reads: "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."

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