Woods Not Expected To Be Charged With Reckless Driving

The 15-time Major winner's crash was "purely an accident," according to LA Country Sheriff Alex Villanueva

Woods Not Expected To Be Charged With Reckless Driving
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The 15-time Major winner's crash was "purely an accident," according to LA Country Sheriff Alex Villanueva

Woods Not Expected To Be Charged With Reckless Driving

Tiger Woods is not expected to face charges after his car accident in Los Angeles.

The 15-time Major winner's vehicle came off the road on Tuesday morning, hitting a kerb and a tree before reportedly rolling over numerous times.

Woods suffered serious leg and foot injuries and was "very fortunate" to have survived the crash, police said.

"A reckless driving charge has a lot of elements into it, this is purely an accident," Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said on Wednesday.

“We don’t contemplate any charges whatsoever in this crash.

"This remains an accident. Accident is not a crime. They do happen, unfortunately.”

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He also said that Woods was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

"He was not drunk .We can throw that one out," he said.

"Because it [the road] is downhill, it slopes and curves, that area has a high frequency of accidents. It is not uncommon."

There is currently discussion over whether a search warrant is necessary to see if Tiger was on his phone at the time of the crash.

The detectives are also looking into whether the car had a black box onboard to find out the speed at which the American was travelling.

Deputy Sheriff Carlos Gonzalez, who was the first officer on site at the crash scene, is said to be filing the traffic report and “has all the information he needs from Mr. Woods.”

Over the last 14 months, there have apparently been 13 accidents and four injuries on the stretch of road where Woods' accident happened.

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


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Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

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