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Mystery surrounding Woods' crash deepens

Tiger Woods put off an interview with police for a second day, deepening the mystery surrounding this late night car crash.

Tiger Woods put off an interview with police for a second day yesterday, deepening the mystery surrounding the late-night, one-car crash that left the global golf icon bloody and dazed. Florida Highway Patrol troopers were on their way to interview Woods and his wife, former model Elin Nordegren, yesterday when they received a message that the couple weren't available. "The Florida Highway Patrol has received information that Tiger Woods and his wife were not available to be interviewed by state troopers, as we had previously scheduled," FHP spokeswoman, Sgt Kim Montes, said in an e-mail statement. "This announcement came from his agent. Troopers were asked to return tomorrow (November 29th)."

Meanwhile, FHP officers examined the scene where Woods crashed his Cadillac SUV near his two million-dollar home on Friday, hitting a fire hydrant and then a tree. Authorities have said that alcohol wasn't involved. Woods was briefly hospitalised and released, suffering cuts to both lips. Sgt Montes said the FHP are investigating the incident as a traffic crash, and there is no evidence to suggest a crime occurred.

The celebrity news website TMZ.com reported that a dispute between the couple was at the centre of the accident. By the website's account, Ms Nordegren confronted her husband about reports that he was having an affair with a New York club hostess. FHP officers tried to speak to Woods on Friday afternoon, but said when Ms Nordegren told them he was sleeping that they agreed to postpone the interview until Saturday.

An initial FHP report that Woods was in "serious" condition sparked a wave of frantic media coverage, and a clutch of reporters were camped out Saturday near Woods's exclusive gated neighborhood in hopes of gleaning information. Woods's only public comment on the incident was in a brief statement posted on his website on Friday, confirming he was involved in a "minor" accident and was released from hospital "in good condition."

* AFP