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Woods pulls out of golf tournament

Monday, November 30, 2009
Security guards gather near Tiger Woods home, left, in Windemere, Fla., Friday, Nov. 27, 2009. Woods sustained facial cuts in a minor car accident early Friday when his SUV hit a fire hydrant and a neighbors tree as he was leaving his mansion in a gated waterfront community near Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Gourav Mukherjee)

Security guards gather near Tiger Woods' home, left, in Windemere, Fla., Friday, Nov. 27, 2009. Woods sustained facial cuts in a minor car accident early Friday when his SUV hit a fire hydrant and a neighbor's tree as he was leaving his mansion in a gated waterfront community near Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Gourav Mukherjee)

Tiger Woods withdrew Monday from his own golf tournament, citing injuries from a car crash near his Florida home. He said he would not compete again until next year.

Woods said in a statement on his Web site that his injuries prevented him from playing in the Chevron World Challenge. He was scheduled to hold a press conference Tuesday for the tournament, which he hosts annually for a small, invited, field.

"I am extremely disappointed that I will not be at my tournament this week," Woods said. "I am certain it will be an outstanding event and I'm very sorry that I can't be there."

His decision to withdraw comes after a car crash left him with cuts and bruises when his SUV hit a fire hydrant and a tree early Friday outside his home in a gated Florida golf community. Woods was treated and released at a hospital after the accident, and has not been seen in public since.

By skipping the tournament, Woods will escape having to face TV cameras and a horde of media seeking more details about the smashup.

Woods released a statement Sunday saying the accident was his fault, but he did not address any of the questions still swirling around it.

 

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