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Woods’ Swedish wife in car crash rescue

Tiger Woods' Swedish wife Elin Nordegren came to the rescue of her sporting superstar husband with a golf club when he was involved in a car crash outside his Florida home on Friday.

Woods' Swedish wife in car crash rescue

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.

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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Sweden’s Noren storms to French Open title as fellow Swede Kinhult falters

Sweden's Alex Noren came back from a seven-shot overnight deficit to claim a dramatic French Open victory at Le Golf National on Sunday, as the difficult closing stretch of the Ryder Cup course saw a host of challengers slip up.

Sweden's Noren storms to French Open title as fellow Swede Kinhult falters
Swedish golfer Alex Noren holds the trophy after winning the HNA Open de France, as part of the European Tour 2018, on Sunday. Photo: LUCAS BARIOULET / AFP
Fellow Swede Marcus Kinhult had entered Sunday's play with a two-shot lead but struggled through a five-over final round to end in a three-way tie for fifth.
 
World number 16 Noren fired a brilliant four-under 67 to reach seven-under par for the tournament, before sitting back and watching his rivals falter as he won by a single stroke.
 
The 35-year-old will be a key figure for Europe when the Ryder Cup gets underway on September 28, and he showed all his qualities by playing the last three holes in two-under.
 
The big-name pairing of Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm both threatened, but the two Spaniards found water at the 18th, while world number two Justin Thomas never seriously contended.
 
Julian Suri, who was looking to become the first American winner of the event since Barry Jaeckel in 1972, went to the 72nd hole on eight-under but made a watery double-bogey, while England's Chris Wood also blew a late lead.
 
That handed Noren, who finished his fourth round 45 minutes before the final group, a 10th European Tour title and first since the BMW PGA Championship in May 2017, when he also fought back from seven shots behind on the final day.
 
Scotland's Russell Knox carded a final-round 65 earlier in the day to finish tied for second with Suri and Wood on six-under — enough to secure him a spot for the British Open at Carnoustie along with Kinhult and Suri.