Golfer Tiger Woods was seriously injured when he hit a fire hydrant and then a tree outside of his Isleworth home early on Friday morning, Orlando TV station WESH is reporting.
The Florida Highway Patrol reported that Woods was “seriously injured” and taken to a hospital after his 2009 black Cadillac Escalade apparently hit a fire hydrant outside his home and hit a tree outside his neighbor’s home.
The Orange County Fire Department confirmed that a patient was taken to Health Central, but would not confirm that the patient was Woods.
The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that the incident happened about 2:30 a.m. local time and that the vehicles airbags did not deploy, which indicates a speed under 33 mph.
Authorities say the crash, which was not reported by the FHP until after 1 this afternoon, is still under investigation and charges were pending as of this afternoon, though the Florida Highway Patrol says the crash was not alcohol related.
CNBC reporter Darren Rovell sent a tweet saying Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, claimed Woods “is fine.”
The patrol reported Woods’ injuries as serious, though Woods spokesman Glenn Greenspan said the golfer was treated at the hospital and released in good condition.
UPDATE 10:45 p.m.: Tiger’s wife, Elin, rescued him with a glass-smashing golf club after the accident.
UPDATE: 11:45 p.m.: TMZ reports that Tiger’s injuries were caused by a domestinc dispute over infidelity with wife, Elin Nordegren.
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.
Woods, 33, owns a home in the exclusive subdivision of Isleworth near Orlando. Orange County property records indicate his home is valued at $2.4 million.
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