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Why Tiger Woods was driving solo to a Discovery TV shoot before his accident

Meg James and Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times on

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LOS ANGELES — Tiger Woods' catastrophic crash in Los Angeles has cast a spotlight on a low-budget documentary series that featured golf's biggest star.

Woods was on his way to Rolling Hills Country Club on Tuesday for an 8 a.m. shoot for a TV series destined for GolfTV and the Discovery+ streaming service. But a few minutes after 7 a.m., Woods lost control of the luxury SUV he was driving, a 2021 Genesis GV80, plowing into a curb and a "Welcome to Rolling Hills Estates" sign in the center divider, flipping several times into trees and brush off Hawthorne Boulevard, police and Fire Department officials said.

Woods, who had to be extricated from the smashed SUV, suffered leg fractures, a broken ankle and was unable to walk.

Woods was scheduled to meet prominent Hollywood director Peter Berg and NFL stars Drew Brees and Justin Herbert for the second day of a two-day shoot for a documentary-styled series called "Tiger Woods: My Game," according to two people familiar with the production who were not authorized to comment. The NFL players and the production crew waited for about two hours Tuesday for Woods to show up, unaware that he had been in an accident, one of these people said.

TV giant Discovery typically provides transportation for stars of its productions, arranging professional drivers to deliver the talent to and from sets and location shoots, according to an executive close to the company who was not authorized to comment.

That was the arrangement for this week's shoot in Rolling Hills Estates, people close to the production said.

 

It's unclear why Woods did not opt to have a chauffeur take him to the film site, but Woods is known, in golf circles, to prefer to drive himself to events, often with caddie Joe LaCava in the passenger seat.

"That's not a question for Discovery — that's a question for Tiger's team," said Fiona McLachlan, a London-based senior vice president for sports communications for Discovery. McLachlan declined further comment.

Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, did not respond to requests for comment.

Woods famously has been involved in two previous car crashes. On Tuesday, he was behind the wheel of the same SUV he drove to the Genesis Invitational golf tournament when hosting the event at the Riviera Country Club last weekend, one insider said. Even though a car service was offered by Discovery, it is not uncommon for people to drive themselves to film shoots during the pandemic, this person said.

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