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Car crash victim Woods lashes out at "unfounded and malicious" rumours

TIGER WOODS last night blasted the &ldquo;unfounded and malicious rumours&rdquo; surrounding his car crash near his Florida home on Friday.<br /><br />The world No1 was taken to hospital with facial injuries but later released after his car hit a fire hydrant and a tree in the early hours.<br /><br />Reports suggested that Woods had been involved in a row with his wife Elin prior to the accident amid allegations over his private life.<br /><br />The 33-year-old finally broke his silence over the incident yesterday by releasing a statement on his website just hours before he was due to be interviewed by police.<br /><br />In it, the 15-time major winner&nbsp; admitted the incident was an &ldquo;embarrassment&rdquo; to his family and quickly moved to quash the rumours surrounding the incident.<br /><br />&ldquo;This is a private matter and I want to keep it that way,&rdquo; Woods said. &ldquo;Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumours that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible.&rdquo;<br /><br />Woods also admitted that it was Elin herself who raised the alarm with reports suggesting she used a golf club to smash the rear window and get to her semi-conscious husband. <br /><br />&ldquo;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,&rdquo;he added. &ldquo;Any other assertion is absolutely false. This incident has been stressful and very difficult for Elin, our family and me. I appreciate all the concern and well wishes that we have received. I deserve some privacy no matter how intrusive some people can be.&rdquo;<br /><br />&ldquo;This situation is my fault, and it&rsquo;s obviously embarrassing to my family and me. I&rsquo;m human and I&rsquo;m not perfect. I will certainly make sure this doesn&rsquo;t happen again.&rdquo;

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