Gareth Bale, Lindsey Vonn and close pal Justin Thomas led the well wishes to Tiger Woods after the golf legend was involved in a car crash on Tuesday.
Woods underwent surgery on leg injuries after being cut from his car following an accident in Los Angeles.
As confirmed by rescue officials, fire crews had to use “jaws of life” cutting equipment to remove Woods from the wreckage of the vehicle after it rolled over and suffered “major damage”.
The 15-time major winner was taken to a local hospital by ambulance having suffered “multiple leg injuries”, according to his manager Mark Steinberg.
A statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department read: “On February 23, 2021, at approximately 7:12 AM, LASD responded to a single vehicle roll-over traffic collision on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes.
“The vehicle was traveling northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard, at Blackhorse Road, when it crashed. The vehicle sustained major damage.
“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 traffic investigation is being conducted by investigators from LASD Lomita Station.”
Steinberg confirmed the news shortly afterwards.
“Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident this morning in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries,” he told Golf Digest. “He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support.”
Former United States alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn, a former girlfriend of Woods, tweeted: “Praying for TW right now.”
Real Madrid midfielder Gareth Bale, who is on loan at Tottenham, wrote: “Sending my thoughts and prayers to Tiger Woods. Get well soon champ.”
Speaking at a press conference ahead of the WGC-Workday Championship, an emotional Justin Thomas expressed his concern for Woods and his two children, Sam and Charlie.
“I’m sick to my stomach,” Thomas said. “You know, it hurts to see one of your… now one of my closest friends get in an accident.
“Man, I just hope he’s all right. Just worry for his kids, you know. I’m sure they’re struggling.”
The PGA Tour said in a statement: “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.”
Seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton also took to Instagram to write a message underneath an image of Woods’ vehicle.
“So sad to hear this,” Hamilton wrote. “Am thinking and praying for you @tigerwoods.”
Gary Lineker also took to social media, stating: “Thoughts are with @TigerWoods. Hope it’s not as serious as appears.”
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus said: Barbara and I just heard about Tiger’s accident, and like everyone else, we are deeply concerned. 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.”