Why Tiger Woods was driving solo to a TV collection earlier than crash

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Tiger Woods’ catastrophic crash in Los Angeles has forged a highlight on a low-budget documentary collection that featured golf’s largest star.

Woods was on his approach to Rolling Hills Nation Membership Tuesday for an 8 a.m. shoot for a TV collection destined for GolfTV and the Discovery+ streaming service. However a couple of minutes after 7 a.m., Woods misplaced management of the posh SUV he was driving, a 2021 Genesis GV80, plowing right into a curb and a “Welcome to Rolling Hills Estates” signal within the heart divider, flipping a number of instances into bushes and brush off Hawthorne Boulevard, police and hearth division officers mentioned.

Woods, who needed to be extricated from the smashed SUV, suffered leg fractures, a damaged ankle and was unable to stroll.

Woods was scheduled to fulfill outstanding 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 collection known as “Tiger Woods: My Recreation,” in keeping with two folks aware of the manufacturing who have been not approved to remark. The NFL gamers and the manufacturing crew waited for about two hours on Tuesday for Woods to indicate up, unaware that he had been in an accident, one among these folks mentioned.

TV large Discovery sometimes offers transportation for stars of its productions, arranging skilled drivers to ship the expertise to and from units and site shoots, in keeping with an govt near the corporate who was not approved to remark.

That was the association for this week’s shoot in Rolling Hills Estates, folks near the manufacturing mentioned.

It’s unclear why Woods didn’t decide to have a chauffeur take him to the movie website, however Woods is thought, in golf circles, to favor to drive himself to occasions, usually with caddie Joe LaCava within the passenger seat.

“That’s not a query for Discovery — that’s a query for Tiger’s workforce,” mentioned Fiona McLachlan, a London-based senior vp for sports activities communications for Discovery. McLachlan declined additional remark.

Tiger Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, didn’t reply to requests for remark.

Woods famously has been concerned in two earlier automobile crashes. On Tuesday, he was behind the wheel of the identical SUV that he drove to the Genesis Invitational golf event when internet hosting the occasion on the Riviera Nation Membership final weekend, one insider mentioned. Despite the fact that a automobile service was provided by Discovery, it isn’t unusual for folks to drive themselves to movie shoots through the pandemic, this particular person mentioned.

Workers collect debris beside the SUV that had been driven by Tiger Woods.

Employees accumulate particles beside the SUV that had been pushed by Tiger Woods.

(Marcio Jose Sanchez / Related Press)

Berg, a prolific Hollywood director and producer, was directing the episode for his Los Angeles-based firm, Movie 45, for the New York-based media firm Discovery, which owns HGTV, TLC, Animal Planet, GolfTV channel, Golf Digest and the Discovery+ streaming service.

Movie 45 is owned by Endeavor, the Hollywood juggernaut that additionally owns the outstanding expertise company WME.

“We shot with Tiger yesterday and he was charming, giving and energetic,” Berg wrote late Tuesday night time in an Instagram submit. “He was skilled and [expletive] superior. Immediately he didn’t make it to set and we’re a heartbroken crew … He has introduced us all a lot pleasure and his life power will carry him by this.”

Berg’s Movie 45, which he launched in 2015, creates non-scripted content material for movie, TV and digital platforms. Previous initiatives embody “Being Serena,” a documentary about tennis star Serena Williams, and “Garth Brooks: The Street I’m On,” a four-part particular concerning the nation music artist, in keeping with the corporate’s web site. His firm additionally creates high-profile TV commercials and different branded leisure.

Berg is finest identified for “Friday Night time Lights,” “Patriot’s Day” and HBO’s “Ballers.”

Initially, the Woods challenge was envisioned as a lot bigger scale, with stunts and an even bigger finances, however over time the scale and scope have been modified. Discovery as an alternative selected a documentary, “fly-on-the-wall” sort manufacturing with non-union crews to present it a extra intimate really feel, folks aware of the matter mentioned.

Had it been a union challenge, a Teamsters driver might have chauffeured Tiger Woods and some other expertise or crew to the movie location, mentioned Lindsay Dougherty, an organizer on the Teamsters Native 399, which represents drivers, casting administrators and site managers.

Endeavor and Movie 45 declined to remark for this story.

The collection sprung from a four-year deal price an estimated $35 million that Discovery struck with Woods in November 2018.

On the time, Discovery billed the association as “a strategic partnership” between Discovery, the PGA Tour, GolfTV and Woods. The cable programming large, which owns a number of worldwide sports activities channels, mentioned that it might “collaborate with Woods on a variety of programming, content material creation and storytelling alternatives that may provide followers an genuine and common look into the life, thoughts and efficiency of the sport’s final icon.”

“The GOLFTV partnership will reveal Woods as followers have by no means seen him earlier than, offering an unparalleled alternative to get near Woods’ follow routines, preparation and life on the highway by a wide range of programming showcased solely on GOLFTV,” the 2018 launch mentioned.

Practically two years in the past, Discovery purchased Golf Digest from journal publishing firm Condé Nast. The shoot was anticipated to generate content material for Golf Digest in addition to the GolfTV channel and Discovery+, mentioned the educated insiders.

“Everybody at Discovery needs Tiger a speedy restoration and our ideas are with him, his household and his workforce presently,” Discovery mentioned in an announcement.

Woods was recovering from again surgical procedure, so he didn’t play golf throughout this week’s shoot. As a substitute, the educated supply mentioned that Woods was giving “on-course” golf recommendation and tips that could different celebrities. A second particular person aware of the manufacturing known as it a “master-class in golf.”

On Monday, Woods was filmed with actor David Spade, actress Jada Pinkett Smith and former NBA star Dwyane Wade.

Employees writers Sam Farmer and Anousha Sakoui contributed to this report.

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