x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Tiger Woods hurt in crash

Golf champion Tiger Woods was injured when he hit a fire hydrant and a tree near his Florida home, authorities said.

The world number one golfer's car struck a fire hydrant and a tree in Florida's Isleworth community, near Orlando.
The world number one golfer's car struck a fire hydrant and a tree in Florida's Isleworth community, near Orlando.

Tiger Woods sustained facial cuts when his car hit a fire hydrant and a neighbor's tree as he was leaving his mansion in a gated waterfront community near Orlando early on Friday. The Florida Highway Patrol said world's top-ranked golfer was alone in his SUV when he pulled out of his driveway at 2.25 a.m. The patrol reported Woods' injuries as serious, although Woods spokesman Glenn Greenspan said the golfer was treated at a hospital and released in good condition. Windermere mayor Gary Bruhn said police from the village were among the first on the scene and saw Woods with cuts on his face. The patrol said alcohol was not involved, although the minor accident remains under investigation and charges could be filed. Left unanswered was where Woods was going at that hour. Greenspan and agent Mark Steinberg said there would be no comment beyond the short statement of the accident on Woods' Web site. Woods, coming off a two-week trip to China and Australia this month, is host of the Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, California, which starts on Thursday. He is scheduled to have his press conference on Tuesday at Sherwood Country Club. Steinberg said he did not know if Woods planned to play next week. The accident report was not released until nearly 12 hours after Woods was injured. Patrol spokesman Kim Montes said injuries are considered serious if they require more than minor medical attention. Montes said air bags in the SUV did not deploy. Investigators still have not had a chance to speak to 33-year-old Woods, but when they do, "we will ask him everything", Montes said.

*AP