Tiger's errant drive

KEN FIDLIN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:33 AM ET

Tiger Woods is famous for his early practice tee-times, sometimes arriving at the golf course before the sun, but ... 2:25 a.m.?

Hmmmm. OK, so he wasn't on his way to the links. Where, then? And why?

Chances are, we'll never really know what caused Woods to crash his SUV in the wee small hours yesterday as he sped away from his $2.4-million home on Deacon Circle in the gated community of Isleworth, just outside Orlando.

What we do know is that his Cadillac got away on him and he took out a fire hydrant, then smacked a neighbour's tree head-on.

We also know that less than a day before the incident, the National Enquirer printed unsubstantiated allegations of an affair between Woods and a New York woman named Rachel Uchitel that had the Internet gossip mill in a frenzy.

The report alleges Woods and Uchitel have been stepping out in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and on his recent trip to Australia, where he won the Australian Masters.

This could turn out to be the granddaddy of all double-bogeys. Such a salacious and very much unproven allegation clearly flies in the face of Woods's squeaky-clean personal reputation. If nothing else, Tiger has been famously protective of his image and ultra-secretive about his private life, especially as it pertains to his wife Elin, a former model and nanny, and his two children, Samantha and Charlie.

The police report, which wasn't made public for 12 hours, initially described the world No. 1 golfer's injuries as serious but Woods's publicist, Glenn Greenspan, quickly issued a release stating that Woods "had been in a minor car accident outside his home. He was admitted (to hospital), treated and released (yesterday) in good condition."

Woods's wife was in their home at the time and heard the crash. Wielding a golf club, she was able to smash out the back window of the vehicle to get her husband out of the car.

When police arrived, according to Windermere Police Chief Daniel Saylor, Woods had cuts on his lips and blood in his mouth.

The airbags in the car did not deploy, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel. Airbags normally do not deploy if a vehicle is travelling less than 55 km/h.

The highway patrol says the crash is still under investigation and charges are pending. However, the highway patrol said the crash was not alcohol-related.

Because Woods required medical attention, he was not interviewed by officers at the scene and the police have yet to determine if any traffic violations occurred.

KEN.FIDLIN@SUNMEDIA.CA


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