The Los Angeles Sheriff says Tiger Woods was driving as fast as 140km/h when he crashed a borrowed SUV.

Tiger Woods was driving almost twice the legal speed limit before the borrowed SUV he was in hit a tree just outside Los Angeles, the city’s sheriff says.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the “primary causal factor” in the February 23 crash was excess speed — 84-87mph (135km/h to 140km/h) when he crossed the median and 75mph (120km/h) when he struck the tree — and failing to follow the curve of the road.

The speed limit on the road was 45mph (72km/h).

He said no citations were issued and there were no signs of impairment at the crash site, Rolling Hills Estates, just outside Los Angeles.

A statement from Woods said that he’d been notified the investigation was “completed and closed”.

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“I will continue to focus on my recovery and family, and thank everyone for the overwhelming support and encouragement I’ve received throughout this very difficult time,” said Woods, who suffered serious injuries to his lower right leg in the crash and underwent multiple surgeries.

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Captain James Powers said the vehicle’s own monitoring system showed there was no evidence of breaking throughout the collision and the accelerator was at 99 per cent power.

He speculated Woods may have accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake but, given the golfer had no memory of the crash, said that wasn’t known for sure.

Mr Villanueva said despite knowing the car was speeding, the five-time Masters champion was not fined because nobody witnessed the crash, rejecting any suggestion of special treatment.

“Now, I know there are some saying somehow he received a special or preferential treatment of some kind, that is absolutely false,” he said.

“There was no signs of impairment, our primary concern once we [arrived] at the scene of the collision was his safety.

“And this is where you have to switch gears and make sure the person can survive and receives the medical care they need.”

Addressing reports Woods had sped away from a prior incident before the crash, Captain Powers said video of the golfer leaving that address showed him driving “very normal, very slow”.

He said the stretch of road on which Woods crashed, downhill approaching a curve had seen 14 crashes, was considered to be hazardous and had been brought up with local lawmakers.

Mr Villanueva previously said detectives had determined the cause of the crash, but he would not release it, citing privacy concerns and a purported need for Woods’ permission to divulge information.

On Wednesday morning (Thursday morning AEDT), he said Woods had given the police permission to share the details.

At the time of the wreck, Woods was recovering from a fifth back surgery, which took place two months earlier.

Woods, who is originally from the Los Angeles area, had been back home to host his PGA tournament, the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club, when the crash happened on February 23.

He was driving an SUV loaned to him by the tournament when he struck a raised median in Rolling Hills Estates, just outside Los Angeles.

The SUV crossed through two oncoming lanes and uprooted a tree on a downhill stretch that police said is known for wrecks.

The athlete is in Florida recovering from multiple surgeries. Woods has never gone an entire year without playing, dating back to his first PGA Tour event as a 16-year-old in high school.

Rory McIlroy, a four-time major golf champion who lives near Woods, said he visited him on March 21.

“Spent a couple hours with him, which was nice. It was good to see him,” McIlroy said Tuesday from the Masters.

“It was good to see him in decent spirits. When you hear of these things and you look at the car and you see the crash, you think he’s going to be in a hospital bed for six months. But he was actually doing better than that.”

In the weeks after the crash, the sheriff called it “purely an accident” and said there was no evidence of impairment.

Detectives searched the data recorder of the 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV, known as a black box. Investigators did not seek a search warrant, however, for Woods’ blood samples, which could be screened for drugs and alcohol.

In 2017, Woods checked himself into a clinic for help in dealing with prescription drug medication after a DUI charge in Florida, where he currently lives.

Reported with Associated Press.

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