(AP) -- Tiger Woods was injured in an accident early Friday when his sports
utility vehicle struck a fire hydrant and a tree near his Orlando-area
mansion in a gated waterfront community.
The Florida Highway
Patrol said the world's top golfer hit the hydrant and then a tree
after pulling out of his driveway in his 2009 Cadillac SUV.
spokesman Glenn Greenspan said the golfer was treated at Health Central
Hospital and released in good condition. The accident report classified
Woods' injuries as serious, but patrol spokeswoman Kim Montes said
troopers consider the injuries serious if they require more than minor
The FHP said alcohol was not involved, though
the accident remains under investigation and charges could be filed. No
one else was in the car, Montes said.
The accident happened at 2:25 a.m., though the FHP did not release the accident report until nearly 12 hours later.
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.
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 33-year-old Woods, who has won 82
times around the world and 14 majors, attended the Stanford-Cal
football game last Saturday, where he tossed the coin at the start of
the game and was inducted into Stanford's sports Hall of Fame at
He also 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.
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.