- The Washington Times - Friday, November 27, 2009


Pro golfer Tiger Woods was injured Friday morning in a minor car accident near his central Florida home.

Woods, 33, was pulling out of his driveway in the Isleworth community at about 2:25 a.m. when he struck a fire hydrant, then hit a neighbor’s tree, according to news reports.

Woods reportedly suffered cuts to the face. His publicist and Gary Bruhn, mayor of the town of Windemere, Fla., told CNN that Woods was treated, then released from Health Central Hospital, in the Orlando area.

Woods reportedly was driving a Cadillac Escalade, and the airbags did not deploy in the low-speed accident.

Alcohol was not a factor and charges are pending, according to the news reports, based on information from the Florida Highway Patrol.

Woods has become the Professional Golf Association’s dominant competitor since he joined its tour in 1996, winning 93 tournaments. The wins include multiple victories at the tour’s four major tournaments.

Woods won the Masters tournament in 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005. He won the PGA Championship in 1999, 2000, 2006 and 2007. Woods won the U.S. Open in 2000, 2002 and 2008 and the British Open in 2000, 2005 and 2006.

Woods had knee surgery in 2002 and 2008 and has won eight tournaments this year.

Born Eldrick Woods, Tiger Woods has been a golf prodigy since childhood, appearing at age 2 on CBS News and putting with Bob Hope on the “Mike Douglas” show.

The son of an Asian mother and African-American father who taught him the game, Woods emerged from middle-class roots to play at Stanford University, then on the professional tour.

His good looks and charismatic personality have greatly increased the worldwide popularity of golf and have helped make him a wealthy international celebrity and advertising frontman.

In 2004, Woods married Elin Nordegren, with whom he has two children, Sam Alexis, 2, and 9-month-old Charlie Axel.

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