An aching Tiger Woods said Sunday that his wife is a hero for busting out the window of his crashed SUV and dragging him to safety, and he rejected rumors that he had been attacked by her after having an affair with another blond-haired beauty.
The celebrity-gossip video site, TMZ.com, intimated that Woods’ wife, Elin Nordegren might have used that golf club on him instead of on the window of the SUV, which the golf giant wrecked in his neighbor’s yard at about 2.25 a.m. Friday morning.
Elin was outraged over reports in The National Enquirer that her husband was involved with New York events planner and nightclub host Rachel Uchitel, according to TMZ.com. The two had hung out together recently in Melbourne, where Woods competed in the Australian Masters, the Enquirer reported. Uchitel, contacted by The Associated Press, denied the report.
After leaving the driveway of his Windermere, Fla., home in a 2009 Cadillac SUV, Woods struck a fire hydrant, then a tree, according to a police report. The crash was not alcohol-related, said police, who were unsuccessful in getting the world’s No. 1 golfer to elaborate further after being treated at a hospital. Woods, who said he suffered cuts and bruises and was “pretty sore,” turned down a third interview request by officers on Sunday.
"If we're unable to meet with him, we'll move on with our investigation," Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Montes told CNN.
"This is a private matter, and I want to keep it that way," Woods, 33, said in a statement. "This situation is my fault, and it's obviously embarrassing to my family and me. I'm human and I'm not perfect. I will certainly make sure this doesn't happen again."
He said that Elin “acted courageously when she saw I was hurt and in trouble." She told police she used a golf club to break out the rear window of the vehicle, then pulled her husband from the vehicle.
Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, said that under Florida law his client is not obligated to speak further with police. "Although Tiger realizes that there is a great deal of public curiosity, it has been conveyed to [Florida Highway Patrol] that he simply has nothing more to add and wishes to protect the privacy of his family."