Tiger Woods made a surprise visit to Italy on Monday to watch his girlfriend Lindsey Vonn capture her record 63rd World Cup title — and ended up getting his front tooth knocked out by a cameraman.
Mark Steinberg, his agent at Excel Sports, explained the missing tooth in an email. He says during a crush of photographers at the awards podium, a media member with a shoulder-mounted video camera surged toward the stage, turned and hit Woods in the mouth. That’s what knocked out the tooth.
“During a crush of photographers at the awards’ podium at the World Cup event in Italy, a media member with a shoulder-mounted video camera pushed and surged towards the stage, turned and hit Tiger Woods in the mouth,” Steinberg said in a statement released Monday. “Woods’ tooth was knocked out by the incident.”
Steinberg did not say when Woods would have it replaced. Golf’s biggest star returns to competition next week in Phoenix, and his smile is sure to produce a stream of shutters from the cameras.
It’s embarrassing — but it’s not the worst thing to happen. With as much money as Tiger has, we wouldn’t be surprised if he showed up with an entirely new set of teeth in a few days.