UPDATE, Nov 30 - Breaking his silence after two days, Tiger Woods has made the following statement through his website this morning:
As you all know, I had a single-car accident earlier this week, and sustained some injuries. I have some cuts, bruising and right now I'm pretty sore.
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.
This is a private matter and I want to keep it that way. Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible.
The only person responsible for the accident is me. 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.
Golf super-star Tiger Woods was hospitalised earlier today after his SUV struck a fire hydrant then a tree as he left his home in a gated community in Florida at 2.25am local time - reportedly after an argument with his wife, former model Elin Nordegren.
Accounts in some media indicated that if there had been a domestic, all must been forgiven. According to People.com, a heroic Nordegren smashed the rear window of the SUV after the crash then dragged her husband out
Nordegren used a golf club to shatter the glass, bending one before finishing the job with another, says the site, quoting the local police chief.
However, the latest account published by uber-gossip site TMZ.com has the couple rowing over golfer's alleged marital indiscretion during the recent Melbourne Open.
In this alternative version, Mr Woods' wife scratched his face, then chased him down their driveway as he beat a hasty retreat in his vehicle. (TMZ is People's evil twin; both are owned by TimeWarner.)
Suddenly, it seems Nordegren may, in fact, have had more malicious than helpful intent as she swung the clubs.
TMZ also claims the golfer was on prescription pain medication for an injury, which could explain why he was dazed and confused on the scene of the accident.
The injuries sustained by Mr Woods (33) were initially described as serious.
However a spokesman for the sports star later said he was released the same day and in "good condition". The golfer's agent, Mark Steinberg, told CNBC that his client was "fine".
But Police Chief Daniel Saylor defended the initial assessment of the Florida Highway Patrol officers who were first on the scene.
Mr Saylor told People "They were holding him down because he kept trying to get up and he kept going in and out of consciousness. They held his head stable for him and basically made sure he didn't move."
And a local mayor old CNBC that Mr Woods had been treated for facial lacerations.
Nobody else was in his vehicle - a 2009 Cadillac Escalade SUV - at the time of the early morning accident.
Mr Woods was taken to the Health Central Hospital near his home in an exclusive Orlando suburb.
The Florida Highway Patrol is quoted as saying the accident was not alcohol-related. No charges were laid.
A brief statement was placed on the golf star's official website, saying he was involved in a "minor accident ... He was admitted, treated and released today in good condition."
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