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Woods' Swedish wife in car crash rescue

AFP/The Local · 28 Nov 2009, 12:22

Published: 28 Nov 2009 12:22 GMT+01:00

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Woods suffered facial cuts and bruises but was treated and released from hospital the same day, following the single-vehicle smash in which he hit a fire hydrant and then rammed into a nearby tree.

Police said 33-year-old Woods was outside of the vehicle with his wife Elin next to him when they arrived. Woods was in a semi-conscious state, suffering from cuts to both his upper and lower lip.

His wife told police she heard the crash and then used a golf club to break a window of the Cadillac SUV to help her husband.

"I believe he struck his head and his wife came out and pulled him out," Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn told CNN.

"His wife was there and Mr Woods was on the ground. I am not going to say in and out of consciousness, but he was dazed. He was bleeding from the mouth and nose."

The golfer has since issued a statement via his website which reads: "We appreciate very much everyone's thoughts and well wishes."

No charges have been laid as police said they are still investigating the cause of the crash.

Bruhn said just because there is an ongoing probe doesn't mean there will be charges. "I personally feel it was an accident," he told CNN. "I have read the police report and it says there was no alcohol involved."

Superstar Woods, a 14-time major winner, had been set to play his last tournament of the year at the Chevron World Challenge at Thousand Oaks, California, December 3-6 - an event he hosts annually.

He was scheduled to hold a news conference on Tuesday in California.

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Earlier this month, Woods landed the Australian Masters but had returned home for a fortnight's break prior to playing in the World Challenge next week.

Woods and former model Nordegren married in 2004 and the couple have two children.

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15:37 November 28, 2009 by Plowbridge
Well done to Elin. I hope her actions are enough to shame Tiger into behaving himself in light of allegations of an affair with a old strumpet.
17:19 November 28, 2009 by bettan1
This has all the making of one of the biggest scandals of all times. I'm sure it'll keep the world in entertainment for a while.

Too many wierd suspicious things going on here. The 2:30 in the morning quick get away and for what, to be first in line at all the big Christmas sales openings ? I don't think so.

She used the Golf Club to break open the back window to rescue him? A small framed woman pulling her semi conscious husband from the car?

17:20 November 28, 2009 by double concerto
There's just no pleasing some people is there!!! A lot of people will be disillusioned about this young man if allegations of an affair are shown to be true. Let's hope that he has not reverted to the stereotype.
18:26 November 28, 2009 by gretchen01
Um hello??! New reports indicate Elin beat Tiger up and he crashed because he reportedly was running away from her when she was trying to hit him with a golf club. Sad to say, that story makes more sense and is in line with the overly-dominant Swedish females.

Tiger obviously can't hit her because she's a woman, and a white woman at that. His career would be finished if he--a black man in America--dare hit a blonde, white woman.

Tiger: A pretty blonde is a dime a dozen, especially when you're rich and famous. DUMP that bimbo ex-babysitter for whom you're obviously a meal ticket.
18:39 November 28, 2009 by darthur954
TMZ is claiming Elin caused Tiger's facial injuries in connection with a domestic dispute. I hope it is not true. Click below.

19:35 November 28, 2009 by jack sprat
According to the reports I've seen he was simply pulling out of his driveway.

The mind therefore boggles as to how he did so much damage to various objects,the car and himself in what is normally a slow-speed,limited distance maneuver , .....unless of course he had a 2km long drive way and did 0 to 100 in a few seconds.

No alcohol involved?

Well USA being what it is regarding its attitude to famous names and celebs, I would be surprised if any tests were even conducted,......or if so and positive,.....probably quickly swept under the carpet........so no surprise there.
20:15 November 28, 2009 by Rebel
Yeah, she opened the back of the SUV with a golf club -- good to see she had that on hand. And where was he going in such a rush at 2:30am?????

Yeah, the first thing a wife should pick up when her husband is in a dar accident is a golf club -- all purpose tool...kind of a jaws-of-life for the average person.
21:17 November 28, 2009 by Random Guy
............. people with very small minds.....

keep in mind those who travel around the world can be on funny time zones. when I pop over to sweden from usa it takes me a week or more to get on swedish times. some days I am awake at 2:am other days I want to sleep to 11:am.

Tigger has been "down under" and in China. I would like to see you with 3 week jet lag and see how you do?!!?
21:36 November 28, 2009 by Mrs.Swede07
Who cares!?!

Affair, alcohol, gold-digging, domineering Swedish woman, jet lag, ex nanny, rich black athelete....It's their business, it hurts no one but them..Lämna dem i frid!

Let's here something worth caring about...
21:47 November 28, 2009 by Osokin
One man's folly is another man's wife.

Helen Rowland

(1876 - 1950)
22:24 November 28, 2009 by Jan M
Here's the scenario. They're marriage is in trouble. They have a huge argument late at night once the kids are in bed. He storms off, she smashes the rear window of his car with a golf club as he's pulling off out of anger and frustration. He is startled by the noise/damage and veers into a tree and hydrant at the end of the drive. It's a low speed crash so the airbags don't go off. He cracks his head against the steering wheel and stumbles out before collapsing with mild concussion. She phones the cops. When they arrive she claims she broke the rear window to pull him out of the car (because otherwise what????). If you've ever seen a Cadillac Escalade you would know that smashing the rear window to save someone who's in the driving seat means moving them across 2-3 metres of vehicle. Everyone needs to grow up.
22:33 November 28, 2009 by Rebel
How would this story be playing if we reversed the characters? Pretend the wife is the one in the SUV and the husband is the one opening up the back end with a golf club.
22:34 November 28, 2009 by here for the summer

so much anger you have .. against swedish women.

it's sad and probably not as reported ..
22:56 November 28, 2009 by karex

O.J. Simpson not only hit, but brutally murdered his white ex-wife and her alleged boyfriend and nothing happened to him. And he's over the hill...

I don't think with the cash and talent Tiger has he's very worried about black-white implications.

On another note, didn't know about alleged affairs. I'm not ot one to follow celebrity lives too closely I guess. In any case, true or not, the resons behind it will not change or be known due to speculation. Perhaps we will never know.
00:34 November 29, 2009 by double concerto
Let's hope she knocked some sense into him. Sounds like a clash of cultures really, and always doomed to fail as a marriage.
03:00 November 29, 2009 by hayja83
@ double concerto

A clash of cultures being that of American culture verses Swedish culture! Oh, please do explain.

The Woods scenario above sounds more like a typical marriage complete with up and down moments. However in this case the marriage just happens to be that of an all time Superstar couple with a highly renown International profile.
03:40 November 29, 2009 by MasonPaul
Between lovers a little confession is a dangerous thing.

Helen Rowland
09:10 November 29, 2009 by Osokin
Cierto peropaco, eso. It had already started. Possible scenario :

A man came home from work, sat down in his favourite chair, turned on the TV, and said to his wife, "Quick, bring me a beer before it starts."

She looked a little puzzled, but brought him a beer. When he finished it, he said, "Quick, bring me another beer. It's going to start."

This time she looked a little angry, but brought him a beer. When it was gone, he said, "Quick, another beer before it starts."

"That's it!" She blows her top, "You bastard! You waltz in here, flop your fat ass down, don't even say hello to me and then expect me to run around like your slave. Don't you realize that I cook and clean and wash and iron all day long?"

The husband sighed. "Damn, it's started."
09:32 November 29, 2009 by peropaco
Hola osokin, pero la telenovela no termina asi. Lalola. I dont think Elin, the frozen fish had much to do around the home in terms of cooking and cleaning. Oh well, maybe the occasional meatballs with loads of creame and lingonberry sauce which probably gave the poor Tiger the runs.;-)
10:21 November 29, 2009 by livinginsweden
Warning: This is a biased view

Wait until the divorce, division of property, custody of children .... claims of abuse, violence, neglect, foul language, etc.

Why are men such losers ... why did they always get married ..... if you want children get a surrogate mother, if you want sex stay single especially if you are Tiger, ... dumbskall

My hero was Charlie (from 2.5 men) until he starts to get the marriage bug.

Good luck Tiger ...

ha ha
12:28 November 29, 2009 by Rebel
If Tiger and his Swedish wife think the limelight has been bright before they better get used to the idea of being under a microscope now. The Enquirer is nothing -- this episode is akin to blood in the waters in a parahna infested marsh for celebrity investigators hoping to cash in on a hot story.
12:58 November 29, 2009 by livinginsweden
Tiger has always been a better putter than a driver .......

This is just a small storm in a tee-cup ......

Tiger did not see the tree for the woods ......

ha ha
14:04 November 29, 2009 by Roy E
Let's see. We have a sports celebrity and his golddigger spouse experiencing something other than marital bliss and somehow it's a news story? This had 'dysfunctional' written all over it from the start.

Sounds like she kicked his butt pretty good though. That cracks me up.

What a wuss. Run away! Run away!
15:59 November 29, 2009 by slickscott
Unfortunately saw this trivial incident on the news yesterday. The only reason its on the white media's mind is because Tiger Woods is half black and up till this point illicited a clean cut image. People love when successful people fail. I however cant stand him or his white untalented wife. Here's a guy who plays the most stupidest sport on the plantet, and HE LIKES IT!!! The other golfers go through the motions and chip and putt away like any old hack but Woods actually takes this stupid ass game seriously. AND!!! he's gotta be getting some kind of assistance either from steroids or he's listening to somone give him pointers with the aid of hidden headphones. To win these number of tounaments playing such a boring stupid sport is unreal. Anyways, I kind of wish they both were in a major accident with both of them on life support!!!!!!
16:55 November 29, 2009 by livinginsweden
He might be a Tiger on the golf course ....

But he is a real gentleman or rather a Pussy at home .....

Welcome to Sweden ....... Pussy Woods...

Ha ha
19:28 November 29, 2009 by here for the summer
lot's of anger here in the posts as usual


Not sure what your problem is with women but my swedish wife is hotter and more interested in sex now that the 14 years ago we met ( she was great then too ).

This isn't an exact science but i think swedes with their lack of victorian and religious programming and their open and honest health care policies have some of the healthiest sexual attitudes in the world .

Maybe because of that the women are not going to put up with screwing around the way the women in some other cultures do. They are are great partners, raising kids, keeping a home ( great healthy intelligent lifestyle ) but as you seem to imply in your 2nd post Swedish women are not going to be your maid ..
19:31 November 29, 2009 by Typical Whitey
Tiger is no hero. As many black athletes before him, the marry a beautiful white woman then cheat, beat, and sometimes murder them (OJ Simpson). The truth is what it is.

My nephew once caddied for him at the US Open in 1999 - he discovered that Tiger is a real jerk.
19:56 November 29, 2009 by Lisaann
It never ceases to amaze me how IGNORANT PEOPLE STILL ARE TODAY!

For God's sake please stop the color calling, racist cards. A humanbeing is a humanbeing, and you have good and bad people in all races, thieves, dishonesty, adultery, incest, pedophiles, etc. Why is it that when a person of color commits any kind of human imperfection, suddenly "Its all people of color dumped in basket!". Feel free to give your views, but no need to mention anyones complexion/Ethnicity. I would stay "That Madoff Thief", instead of "That White Madoff Thief!".

We will all have to stand before a higher power and be judged!
20:43 November 29, 2009 by Baned
This is for the idiot spouting out racist comments. This is the 21st Century - people are mixed! The black man you commented about is one of the most famous of mixed people. Tiger Wood's father is half African American, part Chinese and Native American. His mother is Thai and part Chinese and Dutch.

As for his Swedish wife, it looks like she's the one beating his ass!
21:48 November 29, 2009 by bettan1
Latest news was posted on his website and hour before he was to meet with police today. This now is the third cancellation for a police interview and the speculation is they are waiting for the Gloria Allred Press Conference. I'm sure the Woods want to get their story straight. Even Elin's parents won't discuss anything their daughter said to them.


22:06 November 29, 2009 by livinginsweden
I bet Tiger and his wife are having the best 'make up sex' ever while the world is fussing over his driving skills.

ha ha
22:07 November 29, 2009 by bettan1
Hmmmmmmmmmmm, here's more of an update at CBS Sports

22:40 November 29, 2009 by EP
Hmmm, strange ... there's Swedish involvement (his wife, Elin) without alcohol??? Can't be possible ;-) ;-)
02:45 November 30, 2009 by wxman
What's the big deal here? Person goes on meteoric rise in popularity at a young age, marries a trophy wife, becomes rich beyond his dreams and decides he's better than eveyone else and can do whatever he damn well pleases. Let's move on; we've seen it all before.
03:03 November 30, 2009 by Davey-jo
Can anybody explain why you don't all just go to bed and forget about it. It's none of your damn business anyway!
09:47 November 30, 2009 by Aardvark
I am amazed at the number of posts by racists, sexists and Sweden haters. You must live such unhappy lives. I wonder why those with negative vews of Sweden and Swedes, (EP, livinginsweden, peropaco,) have anything to do with Sweden. Why don't you bugger off back to where you came from?
22:39 November 30, 2009 by xykat
I doubt Elin is much of a bimbo type. She rarely wears heavy or expensive jewelery even though she has a husband worth millions and she rarely shows any cleavage.or wears a lot of makeup. She comes from an upper class neighborhood (Vaxholm) and has parents who are well connected (migration minister and journalist). Not exactly a bimbo or gold digger type. She does not fit the Swedish Hollywood wives stereotype.

I think she probably married Woods too young. She was only 23. I mean how many serious relationships did she have before Woods? Probably not many.

My guess is that she was probably just fiddling around in the USA and traveling around. She is not the first Swede to be a young aupair living in America. She was also probably modeling to make extra money on the side. She was probably well connected even before meeting Woods since she was the aupair of a well known Swedish golfer. Not just any aupair can get a job like that!

I have seen enough arguments between English/Swedish and American/Swedish couples to know that we can bring some true feelings out of these otherwise reserved Swedes. I think its fairly obvious that they probably had a bad fight like most normal couples have once and awhile. It is their business but I think Woods should not make it any worse by saying anything more. He probably just wants to forget the whole thing and try to repair things with the family whether he cheated or not otherwise they will probably divorce.

I wish them luck. If there is a divorce it is always a tragedy when there are kids involved.
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