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Woods backs wife: 'Elin acted courageously'

AFP/The Local · 30 Nov 2009, 09:28

Published: 30 Nov 2009 09:28 GMT+01:00

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The superstar golfer took responsibility for an "embarrassing" late-night car crash, but declined to tell his story to police even as he lashed out at "unfounded and malicious rumors."

Leading the speculation, the celebrity news website TMZ.com reported that a dispute between Woods and his wife, former model Elin Nordegren of Sweden, was at the centre of the incident.

By the website's account, Nordegren confronted her husband about tabloid reports he was having an affair with a New York club hostess.

"The only person responsible for the accident is me," Woods said. "My wife, Elin, acted courageously when she saw I was hurt and in trouble. She was the first person to help me. Any other assertion is absolutely false."

Woods, 33, posted a statement on his website on Sunday saying he was solely responsible for the accident outside his Florida home, which left him with facial cuts, some bruises and a welter of unwelcome publicity.

"This situation is my fault, and it's obviously embarrassing to my family and me," the 14-time major golf champion said. "I'm human and I'm not perfect. I will certainly make sure this doesn't happen again."

But Woods again declined to speak to Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) troopers, who had expected to talk with him as part of their investigation into the accident.

Officers, who were turned away on both Friday and Saturday, were to meet Woods at his home and discuss how his car came to hit a fire hydrant and then a tree near his two million-dollar home in the suburbs of Orlando.

Instead, FHP spokeswoman Sergeant Kim Montes said troopers who arrived at the house were met by Woods' lawyer Mark Nejame, who said Woods would not be meeting with them on Sunday.

"It has not been rescheduled," said Montes, who said the crash remains under investigation and could still result in charges. Under Florida law Woods is not obliged to give a statement.

"Mr. Woods' attorney provided the troopers with Mr. Woods' driver's license information, registration and current proof of insurance as required by Florida law," Montes said.

Authorities have already said alcohol was not a factor in the crash. Montes said investigators wanted to give Woods an opportunity to give his version of events.

Early FHP reports suggested that Woods was seriously hurt. Even as it became clear Woods was not seriously harmed, speculation swirled as to why he was leaving his house at 2:25 in the morning.

"Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible," said Woods.

The FHP released a recording of a 911 emergency call in which a shaken neighbour tells how a black Cadillac Escalade hit a tree outside his house.

"I have someone down in front of my house," says the caller, who is not identified and never mentions Woods by name. "I see him, he's laying down."

Daniel Saylor, police chief of the Orlando suburb of Windermere, has said Woods' wife used a golf club to smash out a rear window to help extricate him after she heard the crash from inside their home.

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Woods and Elin have been married for five years and have two children, daughter Sam Alexis, born in 2007, and son Charlie Axel, born in February.

Woods is scheduled to play his last tournament of 2009 next week, when he hosts the Chevron World Challenge in Los Angeles. The annual event benefits his charitable foundation.

Meanwhile, American professional golfer John Daly said in Australia Monday that golf would suffer if Woods sustained any long-term damage.

Daly, a dual major winner affectionately known as 'Wild Thing', said the sport badly needed Woods and was relieved that the world number one was okay.

"Tiger's the biggest asset the tour's had in a long, long time," Daly said ahead of this week's Australian Open.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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10:45 November 30, 2009 by Plowbridge
Tiger is too aware of losing his endorsement contracts and the large sums of dough that come with them if scandal is to hit him. He is also totally adept at never providing the press with any details in questioning and is a bit of a kill joy really. We all totally admire him for his brilliance but he needs to stop being a droid if he wants to be loved like Big Phil Mickelson.
12:18 November 30, 2009 by here for the summer
What ever exactly happened and i guess we'll never know Tiger ended it with class with his statement.

I like the local it helps me keep up with Swedish news when I away in the winters. I just hope they delete any of the blatant racist crap that is bound to be posted here in response to this story. I know Swedes are not racist so it would be a shame if the only Swedish english language site became known for stupid racist posts.
12:48 November 30, 2009 by Roy E
It's the lawyers talking now. At this point, it's all about money. It always was about money for the golddigger, but now Tiger's agents need to deploy and do damage control so that advertising revenues are not damaged by a the manufactured image being tarnished. Don't expect to get the truth - but why does it matter? If the goings on of someone who chases balls around does matter to you, well, let's just say that you are not living up to your potential. That's the nicest way to put it.
12:50 November 30, 2009 by Baned
Oh well, I guess it's a good thing Tiger didn't disclose any information. If it was about his alleged affair and his wife got ballistic, then people would have more trash to talk about and perhaps even drag his kids in. If that is the truth, then I say "Go Elin!". She just had their second child in February! She's entitled to a momentary lapse good judgment!
13:07 November 30, 2009 by Beynch
Well, I guess here's proof positive that Tiger comes from the other side of tracks after all. His primitive instincts got the better of him. Starstruck Elin probably married the wrong guy.
13:16 November 30, 2009 by peropaco
Why does the media keep pointing out the fact that his wife is "Swedish".. Is it that it makes Swedes proud the codfish "Elin" managed to cash-in her prominent career as a NANNY for that of a lucrative bug teeth wife?

The Local, for the love of G-d, please STOP mentioning the Swedish wife. We dont give a rats arze if the ugly duckling in Swedish or Polish because at the end of the day, they all grows a moustache...
17:47 November 30, 2009 by insect
Peropaco, Yeah I have also noticed the tendency to stress the fact that the person involved is Swedish. The original story was about woods and his car. But here in sweden it is all about woods swedish wife and less about woods accident.

I admire woods for not talking to the public about his private issues. He makes his money and lives his life. He does not need publicity cos his work speaks for itself. Its not like if (like actors and politicians) he gives the press a cold shoulder it will affect his career.
17:55 November 30, 2009 by ironman294
Why Tiger would eve cheat on a swedish bikini model beauty like Elin. They don't come any prettier in Sweden than that, except for maybe my friend from Skåne
19:31 November 30, 2009 by zircon
Extraordinary, the beauty of the children.
20:36 November 30, 2009 by peropaco
Ironman294. I reckon you haven't spent much time in Sweden? Walk in to any local fast food joint and you will see far more prettier flipping burgers ;-D. This is Sweden and Elin is very average....
23:56 November 30, 2009 by dizzymoe33
For the sake of the children I hope what happened privately stays private. It is none of our business anyway.
13:56 December 1, 2009 by dsc

" . .Tiger comes from the other side of tracks after all. His primitive instincts. ."

I come across lines like this every other day on the Local. This and other experiences I have gone through confirm what I was told when I was coming here: Swedes are secret racists.

By the way, Elin was more of a career nanny than a model.
12:12 December 2, 2009 by Tutu
Beynch is not a secret but an open racist. What has race got to do with this. Would we ever know, care or ever hear of Elin if not for Woods(from the other side). Who is Elin without Wood's money and fame.
18:58 December 2, 2009 by dsc

It seems, to you, settling the trivial sementic question of the right term for lunatics like Beynch makes it all right for him to say what he says. What has race got to do with this? Ask Beynch, you seem to understand each other.
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