Dave Olsen talked to Jeff Nguyen about the hazards of the road that golf legend Tiger Woods crashed on.
JEFF NGUYEN: Right now, I want to bring in Dave Olsen who's a resident in this area, who knows this road very well. Hey, Dave. As you know, when I was coming down here it's very steep. There is a sharp turn, so can you kind of describe to us what's beyond the yellow tape, that the Sheriff's department has closed off.
DAVE OLSEN: As you're driving north on-- on Hawthorne toward PV Drive North, the road turns right. It's a little bit of a sharp turn. It's kind of the last, sharp turn as you're coming down. It's easy to gain speed. There's an emergency turnoff lane just on the right-hand side that's indicative of the kind of hazards that you can face as you're coming down this road. If you're not paying attention, if you're going fast, you can-- can miss that turn to the right. You're either in that turnoff lane with the soft dirt that will stop you, or you hit the median, and you can cross over and go to the other side.
JEFF NGUYEN: Now since you live here, and I don't know when you came out here to check out this area, but were you able to see the crash site yourself? Or are you familiar with the crash site from the TV coverage and what you've seen so far?
DAVE OLSEN: Yeah I'm familiar with the crash site from what I've seen before. I was able to get down a little bit further before they taped this off, just around where the yellow sign is. And so I couldn't see much because it was blocked off with emergency vehicles, but it's right around the area that I described, just before PV Drive North, just before the emergency turn off lane.
JEFF NGUYEN: Exactly what's around the bend? Is there another lane, is there another road?
DAVE OLSEN: Well there are two lanes on each side with this median. And that continues all the way down until you get to the major intersection in this area, which is Hawthorne and PV Drive North. So it's my understanding that this happened about maybe 100 yards or so South of PV Drive North.
JEFF NGUYEN: So is there a drop off there?
DAVE OLSEN: Yeah there are drop offs on both sides. There are some horse barns on the right, and then a ravine like area, similar to what we're seeing here on the left hand side of this road. But there are drop-offs on either side of Hawthorne Boulevard, northbound and southbound.
JEFF NGUYEN: Aside from being someone who lives in the area, I'm guessing you're a huge Tiger Woods fan, as well?
DAVE OLSEN: Huge Tiger Woods fan. Last year, Riviera when he played, I took the day off on a Friday to be able to watch him. Whenever he plays Torrey Pines, my family and I get a place down in San Diego, in La Jolla. And gather from all over the country and follow Tiger.
Tiger is the reason why my daughter plays golf-- huge fan.
JEFF NGUYEN: And he was here in town this weekend for the Genesis Invitational. Were you following that event? And then, of course, the Masters is about seven weeks away.
DAVE OLSEN: Yeah, I didn't go spectate it at Riviera this year because Tiger wasn't playing. He hosted and was in town for that. Apparently were staying at Terranea, which is, if you follow Hawthorn South toward the ocean, it's a hop, skip, and a jump away-- probably a six, seven minute drive from here.
JEFF NGUYEN: And as a fan of his, you must know he recently underwent his 5th back surgery. So to hear that he's in this rollover crash, as he's recovering from back surgery, and he's been plagued with back problems for years, what goes through your mind?
DAVE OLSEN: You know, this is apparently another microdiscectomy that he had. I had spine surgery too, surgical spine, so I know the risks that you face when you're recovering I can't imagine a rollover crash like he experienced. After-- in any condition, but certainly weeks off of surgery as he was. It's tragic and certainly concerning.
JEFF NGUYEN: And right now, CBS News is reporting through its contact with his agent, that he is currently undergoing surgery. He apparently suffered multiple injuries to his legs. You know, as a golfer, as a golf fan, what's your assessment of injuries to his lower extremities, such as that?
DAVE OLSEN: I can't imagine that Tiger is going to be able to make it back from this one, but who knows. He's the greatest of all time, and nobody thought he'd come back from his fusion surgery on his lower spine. But it's unimaginable that a professional golfer can have this kind of injury after everything else he's gone in, and to be able to come back from it. But, you know, we can only hope.
JEFF NGUYEN: What is it about this guy that has captured global attention the way he has? I mean, you said yourself, your daughter-- the catalyst for her loving the sports was Tiger Woods.
DAVE OLSEN: You know, he just has the it factor. He has the drive, the competition. He thrives under the spotlight with pressure. And I think that's something that all of us hope that we have, those types of traits. To be able to fight through adversity, to be able to focus on becoming the greatest that one can be. And Tiger certainly set an example for that for others of us to follow.
JEFF NGUYEN: You know, you talk about the drive. And I think we also have to talk about the work ethic as well, because if you look at today's modern golfer, a lot of them are very fit. They're not the guys of a generation before. A lot of them are very muscular. A lot of them weight train. Would you care to say that maybe Tiger might be the catalyst for that level of commitment in, not just a precision, but power in the game of golf?
DAVE OLSEN: I think so. I mean, it's funny because Tiger can out-drive anybody. He was the fittest on the course. He started weight training before any of the others did, and I think these kids coming up watch Tiger. Emulate Tiger. And they all can hit the ball further than anybody else did because of I think the fitness regimen and the incredible work ethic that Tiger demonstrated to the world. And he changed the game of golf certainly with his work ethic and athletic training.
JEFF NGUYEN: You talked about the sort of phenom that he was even as a child. I don't know if you grew up here or you've lived here for a long time, but I certainly grew up in Southern California. I remember my colleague Jim Hill profiling Tiger when he was about this tall, about six feet. I mean, I was six years old.
And even then he would drive the ball. He would just crush the ball. The affinity for most of us southern Californians have for him, is because I'm his contemporary. I basically saw this guy grow up, go to Stanford. I mean, the hometown hero aspect of it, is that a part of the affinity that you have for him?
DAVE OLSEN: Yeah it's a huge part of it. I mean in North Orange County, I grew up watching him-- well, I was an adult while he was still growing up. But certainly, watched him and certainly he was the local kid. The local phenom. And I think that affinity and connection with Tiger that many of us in Southern California feel, is because we consider ourselves coming from the same region, the same neighborhood, if you will.
And I can remember working in downtown LA and living in Irvine at the time. Driving down, and I would see his mom sometimes on the 5 freeway in traffic. Driving a Mercedes that he won in a tournament with a "Tiger's mom" custom license plate. And it was it was cool, he was he was a local.
JEFF NGUYEN: Aside from the family aspect, I think for a lot of Southern Californians, he kind of embodies who we are in terms of his mixed race background. You know, I remember there was a skit on "Chappelle's Show," where they kind of-- you're laughing. You know, it's the draft, right? And you know, we talk about his mixed race background. And I think does that kind of help with the global brand, but also the affinity that we have to someone who comes from a mulit-race culture.
DAVE OLSEN: You know, my daughter's mixed race. I think that certainly seeing someone like Tiger, at her young age coming up, was an incredible opportunity for her to recognize that-- that mixed race culture, that all cultures, can be inclusive in the game of golf. And it's another phenomenal aspect of what Tiger demonstrated to all of us.