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Wed Jan 28, 2015, 06:02 PM

9. Tiger Woods explains tooth incident

ESPN:Woods said he...tried to surprise Vonn and didn't want to be recognized. He wore a skeleton ski mask...from the Xbox video game called Ghost Recon that he plays..."I was trying to blend in because there are not a lot of brown dudes at ski races, OK...(T)hat was the whole idea of why I wore the mask...

I was looking down, and all the camera guys are below me on their knees or moving all around, trying to get a picture because she's hugging people, saying congratulations to the other racers...Dude with a video camera on his shoulder, right in front of me, kneeling, stood up and turned and caught me square on the mouth. He chipped that (tooth), cracked the other one...I'm trying to keep this thing so the blood is not all over the place, and luckily he hit the one I had the root canal on...But the other one had to be fixed as well, because it had cracks all through it."

Woods said he had the teeth fixed when he returned to Florida. "...(T)he flight home was a joke," he said. "I couldn't eat, couldn't drink until he fixed them, put the temporaries on. I couldn't have anything touch it. Even breathing hurt, because any kind of air over the nerve, the tooth that was still alive, was cracked." As for the considerable conjecture about his story not being true, Woods said: "It is just what it is."

I wondered why the photos showed no signs of bleeding or bruising around the mouth. A mask made out of some kind of rubber rather could have concealed both. But he admits there WAS blood -- did he swallow it all? And if he were in so much pain that breathing inflamed the nerve, why didn't he seek at least temporary dental help before flying home?


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