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Updated: November 28, 2009 02:28 IST

Tiger Woods injured in car crash: authorities

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SERIOUSLY HURT: Tiger Woods, wearing his new Masters Gold jacket. Woods was involved in a serious car crash and has been hospitalised. File photo
AP SERIOUSLY HURT: Tiger Woods, wearing his new Masters Gold jacket. Woods was involved in a serious car crash and has been hospitalised. File photo

Tiger Woods was injured when his car struck a tree near his mansion in a gated waterfront Florida community early Friday, authorities said.

The Florida Highway Patrol said 33-year-old Woods hit a 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 the hospital and released in good condition.

The patrol said alcohol was not involved, though the accident remains under investigation. No one else was in the car, patrol spokeswoman Kim Montes said.

Woods, who has won 82 times around the world and 14 majors, returned to his $2.4 million home in the exclusive Isleworth subdivision near Orlando this week after attending a college football game at Stanford University, where he was inducted into its sports hall of fame.

He had traveled to China and Australia this 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, California.

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.

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