[Golf] Woman wounded by Tiger's sliced shot

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Woman wounded by Tiger's sliced shot

Jul 21, 2007 02:38 PM

Associated Press

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland ? A woman was hit in the head by Tiger Woods' ball when he sliced an approach at the British Open on Saturday. She needed two stitches to close the wound.

Jennifer Wilson, from Antrim, Northern Ireland, was treated by medical staff after being driven away in a golf cart. Woods had earlier apologized and given the 63-year-old an autographed glove.

Wilson was struck just short of the green at the par 5 sixth hole at Carnoustie, where she was standing with her husband.

"We were standing 30 yards short of the green and I said to Jennifer: 'Get your crash helmet on, Tiger's coming,'" Cecil Wilson said. "I could not believe it when Jennifer then got 'clunked,' but he does go off line from time to time. She just sank to her knees and we laid her down flat. She's had two stitches and there was quite a lot of blood. A guy in the crowd said he was a doctor, but to be honest we didn't really need him.

"She was pretty quiet and several people helped to get pieces of paper and napkins to stem the bleeding. She's lying down, but is hoping to go back and see some more golf. We are trying to get Tiger to sign the ball. My wife did him a favor, she headed it back in for him.''

Woods went on to par the hole, at which point he was 1 under, five behind leader Sergio Garcia.

Garcia, who finished at 9 under for a three-stroke lead, gave away a signed glove and a ball after hitting a freelance photographer with his tee shot at the 17th.

Chris Ratcliffe was standing in the photographers area down the left side of the hole when Garcia's ball struck him behind the left ear. Tournament officials said the Englishman was shaken but not injured.


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Is it like 8-ball where you have to call your shot?

"Okay, off the frumpy lady and back onto the fairway..."

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