Jan 6, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT
Leave it to an ex-NHL coach living in Florida to get to the bottom of what transpired at Tiger Woods’ home on Thanksgiving night. You may discount this, but I find it one of the more believable accounts of what led to Mr. Woods’ Wild Ride; Pat Burns, during a radio interview with Toronto’s CKAC on Tuesday, said that a friend with the Florida Highway Patrol told him Elin Nordegren knocked out two of Woods’ teeth with a golf club after confronting him about text messages to alleged mistress Rachel Uchitel. The full story is pretty crowd pleasing, so let’s listen in.
From the Toronto Star, via the Sporting News:
Burns said a friend of his in the Florida highway patrol was among those who visited Woods’ home the night of the crash. Burns worked with the police in Florida before coaching hockey, according to the newspaper.
After eating dinner that night, Woods was watching football while sending and receiving text messages from Rachel Uchitel, one of his alleged mistresses, Burns said. Later, Woods left his phone on the coffee table when he went to play poker at a friend’s house. But Uchitel continued to text.
Here is Burns’ account of what happened next:
“His wife (Elin Nordegren) saw the message. When he returned, around 11:30 p.m. or midnight, she waited at the door. She asked what it was, these messages, and who was this woman.
“He kept saying there was nothing there. He went to watch television. … then suddenly, bang! A nine-iron in the face!
“He left the house running without shoes. Elin followed him with the club. He left in his Escalade. She followed him and broke two or three windows. That’s why he hit the tree.”
Doctors in the Orlando hospital Woods was taken to said he needed plastic surgery to repair the broken teeth, and that the facility best able to perform the operation was in Phoenix, Arizona. Woods was then transported to Phoenix.
This matches the account given by octogenarian sportswriter Furman Bisher on his blog two weeks ago, except that Bisher wrote that Elin also connected with his cheek bone. When police interviewed Woods on Dec. 1, they reported seeing him only with a “fat lip.”
There’s no earthly reason that Burns — who won more than 500 games with four NHL teams over a 14-year career — would come up with this out of the blue. If so it’s the biggest non-sequiter in sports.
Is Tiger Woods’ absence attributable to broken teeth? [Sporting News]
Ex-Leafs coach Burns says Tiger Woods had teeth knocked out [Toronto Star]
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