Tiger Woods was injured in a car accident early Friday when his
car struck a tree near his mansion in a gated waterfront community,
The Florida Highway Patrol said the 33-year-old PGA star hit the
hydrant and a tree after pulling out of his driveway in his 2009
Cadillac sports utility vehicle.
The patrol reported Woods' injuries as serious, though Woods
spokesman Glenn Greenspan said the golfer was treated at a hospital
and released in good condition.
The patrol said alcohol was not involved, though the accident
remains under investigation and charges could be filed. No one else
was in the car, patrol spokeswoman Kim Montes said.
Woods' $2.4 million home is part of the exclusive Isleworth
subdivision near Orlando, a community set on an Arnold
Palmer-designed golf course and a chain of small lakes. The
neighborhood, which is fortified with high brick walls and has its
own security force, is home to CEOs and other sports stars such as
the NBA's Shaquille O'Neal.
The accident happened at 2:25 a.m., though the FHP did not
release the accident report until nearly 12 hours later.
Gary Bruhn, mayor of the adjacent community of Windermere, said
police from that village were among the first on the accident scene
and saw Woods with cuts on his face. Montes said troopers consider
the injuries serious if they require more than minor medical
Woods, who has won 82 times around the world and 14 majors,
attended the Stanford-Cal football game, where he tossed the coin
at the start of the game and was inducted into Stanford's sports
Hall of Fame at halftime.
He had traveled to China and Australia earlier in the month,
winning the Australian Masters on Nov. 15.
Woods was to host his tournament, the Chevron World Challenge,
on Monday at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
He won six times this year after missing eight months recovering
from reconstructive surgery on his left knee. Even though he failed
to win a major, Woods said he considered this a successful year
because he did not know how his knee would respond.