Tiger Woods with his wife Elin Nordegren earlier this year Photograph: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images
Woods was injured after crashing his Cadillac SUV when he drove away from his home at 2.25am on Friday. He suffered facial lacerations when the 4×4 hit a fire hydrant in his garden then careered into a tree.
Police said the incident was not alcohol related but in what is a standard procedure added that “charges were pending”.
Gary Bruhn, the mayor of Windermere, told CNN that Woods had been taken to the Health Central Hospital, Ocoee, but was later released. “I think it’s nothing more than an accident but the police have to let this run its course and investigate what happened,” he said.
“It will be an ongoing investigation that will take a number of days to come to a conclusion. It just seems like a very strange accident that occurred and we responded to take care of his safety. As I understand it, there were some facial lacerations but nothing that serious.”
Windermere police chief Daniel Saylor told The Associated Press that officers found Woods, 33, lying in the street with his wife, Elin Nordegren, next to him.
She told officers she was in the house when she heard the accident and “came out and broke the back window with a golf club”. Woods had lacerations to his upper and lower lips, and he had blood in his mouth, Saylor said.
Mark Steinberg, the player’s agent, later confirmed that his client was “fine” and that he was released from hospital in good condition.
His spokeswoman said: “He was admitted, treated and released in good condition,” adding it was the golfer’s wish that no further details were made public.
The accident happened at low speed – the vehicle’s airbags, which are triggered to release in crashes at speeds of over 33mph, were not activated. The accident report was not released until nearly 12 hours after Woods was injured, but a Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Kim Montes said it did not meet the criteria of a serious crash, and the department only put out a press release because of inquiries from local media.