MONTREAL - According to deadspin.com, which monitors Web hoaxes, rumours peddled by former NHL coach Pat Burns to a Montreal radio station came from a number of circulating e-mails, detailing accounts of the night Woods crashed his SUV into a tree in November.
According to Pat Burns, Woods lost two teeth after getting a nine-iron in the face by his angry wife, just before driving into the tree.
Burns, who has mostly retired from hockey and now lives in Florida, has contacts with the police sector, where he worked before coaching hockey.
In a conversation with CKAC Sports in Montreal on Tuesday morning, Burns said an old friend in the highway patrol was among those who went to Woods'
home on the night of the crash.
But the details of the story, according to deadspin.com, seem to indicate most of this information was gleaned from friend-of-friend e-mails that read eerily similar and have been circulating for the past few weeks.
"After dinner, Tiger Woods watched football in the living room while sending text messages to Rachel, the famous blond," he told the radio station.
"Whenever he received a message from her, he erased it. Meanwhile, one of his friends, based in Orlando, invited him to go play poker. At approximately 7:30 p.m., he went to change, then left. He forgot his phone on the coffee table in the lounge. Rachel, meanwhile, continued to write her text messages.
"His wife (Elin Nordegren) saw the message. When he returned, around 11:30 p.m. or midnight, she waited at the door. She asked what it was, these messages, and who was this woman."
According to Burns, Woods went up to the second floor of the home, wearing a T-shirt and shorts.
"He kept saying there was nothing there. He went to watch television ... then suddenly, bang! A nine-iron in the face!² According to Burns, the hit caused a large cut in Woods' cheek and knocked out two of his teeth.
"He left the house running without shoes. Elin followed him with the club. He left in his Escalade. She followed him and broke two or three windows. That's why he hit the tree," he said.
"They took him to hospital in Orlando. Elin was in the ambulance with him and called his agent. He suggested that they meet at the hospital. Once there, the doctors said he needed plastic surgery to repair the broken teeth, but only one institution could do it, in Phoenix (Arizona).
"The agent warmed up the jet to he could leave for Phoenix where they could fix his face. This explains (Woods') absence when the police wanted to meet him the following days," Pat Burns told the station.
Deadspin doesn't say outright that the story is untrue, however.
"There have been many theories and rumours about what really happened that night at the Woods household - many of them are squashed into this tale - so there's probably some sliver of truth to certain sections," deadspin's A.J.Daulerio says on the site.
Woods has not been seen in public since the crash. Since then, 18 women have been linked to the golfer's tomcatting ways.
According to several media reports, Nordegren is believed to have left the Florida home with the couple's children, getting away from the attention her her husband's cheating ways and plotting a lucrative divorce.