Fox News is reporting that Tiger Woods, 33, was seriously hurt in an auto accident. Woods was allegedly backing out of his neighborhood in his 2009 Cadillac Escalade – hit a fire hydrant and then a tree and is now in serious condition in a Florida hospital at approximately 2:30 a.m. The report is that air bags did not deploy, but if the car hit the hydrant from the back, it’s possible they should not have deployed. More as available. Update
2:25 8:45 pm CST on CBS sportscast – Tiger has just been released from the hospital with facial cuts. Wife pulled him from his car. More below. Update 11-28-09 – Wife caused facial injuries? Comments from Barry Levine from the Enquirer. Update 11-29-09 911 Tapes below and Tiger’s own statement. Once more – an unbelievable update 12-03-09 below. Latest update 12-07-09 12-08-09 below. Latest update 12-10-09 – see below. 12-13-09 update below – see link to Jamie Jungers and Tiger’s father.
Woods, 33, pulled out of his driveway in the Isleworth community about
2:25 a.m. when he struck a fire hydrant, and then drove into a tree at
his neighbor’s property, FHP reported.
Woods was transported to Health Central Hospital in Ocoee in serious condition, FHP said. No other information about his condition has been released.
A Health Central hospital employee said at 2:30 p.m. that Woods was not
a patient. A hospital operator would not say if Woods had been treated
FHP said the airbags in Woods’ Cadillac Escalade did not deploy, which means the vehicle was traveling under 33 mph.Orange County Fire Rescue received the call for aid at 2:28 a.m. Woods
was transported from his Windermere-area neighborhood by the hospital’s
FHP did not report the accident until just after 2 p.m. today. The
agency said the crash remains under investigation and charges are
The New York Post says that charges are pending but “alcohol did not play a role in the crash.” FOX News has just confirmed that Highway Patrol confirm alcohol is not a factor.
Tiger was mad about his enormous investment in Dubai and lost control?
Some Tiger History:
Career winnings according to PGAtour.com: $92.8 million
Scoring Average: 68.84
Driving Distance Average: 298.4
Driving Accuracy: 64.29%
Greens in Regulation: 68.46%
Putts Per Round: 28.44
In 2009, Tiger Woods has won the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the Memorial Tournament, the AT&T National, the Buick Open and the Bridgestone Invitational World Golf Championships
According to CNBC, Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg told CNBC via email that Tiger “is fine.”
Woods is one of the world’s richest athletes, a leading force in sports
marketing and the biggest draw on the PGA tour. He owns a $2.4 million
home in the exclusive Isleworth subdivision near Orlando, where he
returned to earlier this week after attending the Stanford-Cal football
game. He tossed the coin at the start of the game and was inducted into
Stanford’s sports Hall of Fame at halftime.
The latest report I’ve found said that Tiger’s wife, Elin, heard the accident and used a golf club to break a window in his Cadillac SUV and pull him from the auto.
He was unconscious but breathing, and apparently was unconscious for about 6 minutes. This account from Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn.
Bruhn said Woods had cuts on his lips and blood in his mouth. Officers gave Woods first aid until medical personnel arrived.
Troopers arrived at the Woods’ home early Friday evening to talk to
the golfer, Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Kim Montes said. Woods
wife told them Woods was resting and asked them to return Saturday
“People’s health comes first,” Montes said, noting that it is routine to agree to return to conduct an interview.
The sheriff’s office would not identify who dialed 911, and emergency audio tapes were not available on Friday.
Tiger “is in the middle of a two-week break in tournament play.” Golfer Mark Wilson said he heard about the accident and is glad Woods is OK:
…he was probably leaving for an early-morning workout.”
Here’s a report from TMZ which says that “law enforcement sources” say that the accident came right right after an argument with his wife Elin. TMZ says Elin told police the same story at the scene of the accident, and Tiger gave the same story to authorities at the hospital.
Breitbart is reporting that the Windmere police chief, Daniel Saylor, found Tiger in the street with is wife, Elin “hovering over him.”
He was in and out of consciousness when my guys got there.
He said Woods had lacerations to his upper and lower lips, and blood in his mouth;
officers treated Woods for about 10 minutes until an ambulance arrived.
Salor said his responding officers did not hear anything about an alledged argument between Woods and his wife.
Right now we believe this is a traffic crash. We don’t believe it is domestic issue,” patrol spokesman Sgt. Kim Montes, said.
TMZ is reporting that Tiger’s facial lacerations were caused by his wife, Elin. Allegedly, she confronted him about reports of an affair, and she scratched his face.
We’re told he said his wife had confronted him about reports that he
was seeing another woman. The argument got heated and, according to our
source, she scratched his face up. We’re told it was then Woods beat a
hasty retreat for his SUV — but according to our source, Woods says his wife
followed behind with a golf club. As Tiger drove away, she struck the
vehicle several times with the club.
There are many reports of Tiger having an affair with Rachael Uchitel. I have been a Tiger fan for many years. I hope this is just a rumor.
Barry Levine with the Enquirer was just on FOX. Here’s some of what he said – paraphrased. He stands by the just released Enquirer story that Tiger is having an affair with Rachel Uchitel. He says the Enquirer does pay for information that can be verified, and the information they received from two of Rachel’s friends was verified by lie detectors examinations.
In other Tiger news: He and Elin refused to meet with police again today.
These tapes are less than revealing. A neighbor called 911. A man reported that a neighbor was on the ground, and the neighbor was not breathing. The tape cut in an out.
Tiger’s website has published a statement from him:
As you all know, I had a single-car accident earlier this week, and
sustained some injuries. I have some cuts, bruising and right now I’m
This situation is my fault, and it’s obviously embarrassing to my
family and me. I’m human and I’m not perfect. I will certainly make
sure this doesn’t happen again.
This is a private matter and I want to keep it that way.
Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and
malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me
The only person responsible for the accident is me. My wife,
Elin, acted courageously when she saw I was hurt and in trouble. She
was the first person to help me. Any other assertion is absolutely
This incident has been stressful and very difficult for Elin, our
family and me. I appreciate all the concern and well wishes that we
have received. But, I would also ask for some understanding that my
family and I deserve some privacy no matter how intrusive some people
FOX’s Gregg Jarrett says that Tiger and Elin have hired an attorney, who then cancelled the follow-up interview with police.
The alleged “other woman,” Rachel Uchitel has also hired lawyer, Gloria Allred.
TMZ is on Greta’s On the Record: About Rachel Uchitel, TMZ says that
Elin Woods actually spoke on the phone with Rache Uchitel after she
grabbed the phone out of Tiger’s hand, just before Tiger strode out of
the house and wrecked the Escalade. According to TMZ, there is damage
inside the Woods “vestibule.”
TMZ says that Tiger and Rachel Uchitel talked on the telephone last night – Wednesday December 2nd.
Also saying that other women are coming out of the woodwork – and who knows if their stories are true.
NBC is reporting that an eye witness told police that Tiger Woods had consumed alcohol earlier in the day of the accident, and that he had been prescribed Ambien and Vicatin. This “eyewitness” is also said to be the same person who pulled Tiger out of the car. That person is believed to be his wife, Elin Woods, and that comes according to her earlier statement, which Tiger seemed to backup, although in this latest statement, Elin has not been named.
The official accident report contains a few details not previously reported. As we know, Elin was with Tiger when police arrived. He was breathing normally according to the report. Tiger “periodically” tried to get up but the police restrained him. The Escalade was still running and in contact with the tree. The fire hydrant was knocked out of the ground and was about 5′ behind the Escalade. Both side windows behind the front seat were broken out. The front passenger seat could not be accessed due to damage to the hinges. A golf cart was in the roadway with” two golf clubs/irons lying on the ground next to the golf cart.”
Related and Background:
Tiger in Sex Rehab Cleaning Up His Image? Tiger in Capt Town or Arizona?