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What if Tiger Doesn't Remember the Crash?

Kathy BissellCorrespondent IMarch 23, 2010

ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 02:  In this handout photo provided by The Florida Highway Patrol, the vehicle driven by Tiger Woods during his accident is seen on December 2, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. Woods crashed the SUV into the fire hydrant and tree next to his Florida home in the early hours of November 27.  FHP charged Woods with careless driving which carries a $164 fine and four points on his driving record. Woods released a statement on his website saying, 'I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart.'.  (Photo by Florida Highway Patrol via Getty Images)
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In the two, five-minute Tiger Woods interviews that aired on Sunday evening as Jim Furyk was nearly taking out K.J. Choi with an amazing shank on the 18th hole at Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course, Woods was asked about the early Nov. morning when he bogeyed the driveway. Well, ok, he doubled it.   

One out of the drive way. One into the shrub. One into the row of shrubs across the road from the house. And finally, one into the hydrant. Definitely a double. Or at the very least, a Watson par, for those or you who remember the 1980s.

No matter whose rules you are using, it’s too many strokes to get out of the house, into the car and anywhere, especially if you are a world class athlete. 

What we were told was that when the police arrived on the scene, Woods was shoeless and lying unconscious on the pavement. Snoring. Physicians who were asked said this  “snoring phenomenon” was not uncommon when someone was unconscious.

But was he unconscious because he was hit or was he unconscious because he had taken sleeping pills? ( Remember this for later because there’s a test.)

Say he had taken sleeping pills, and they chose the wrong moment to kick in. If that’s the case, it might be that he has absolutely no recollection of the actual driving experience, if we can characterize it as that. He may have no recollection of the rest of that early morning.

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So rather than say, “Look, I always have trouble sleeping. I had a prescription for Ambien. I had taken sleeping pills. I decided to go out, and when I got in the car, the meds kicked in and after that, I’m clueless, ” he has become the only person we will ever know who points with pride to the police report to prove what happened to him.    

You have to ask yourself what other explanation is there? Why point to a police report? 

Stupidly, this could actually explain what happened, except for two things:

Why didn’t OnStar phone for help and where were the airbags? 

After you hit three immoveable obstructions, you’d think at least one air bag in a $50,000+ car would deploy. Sure, they said it was a low speed crash, but did you look at that car? For that amount of mashing in a big sturdy SUV, you’d think both OnStar and at least one measly air bag should have been doing something.  

Now because you were paying attention up top, here’s the test: is the alleged addiction to sex or medications or both? Is it that he needs to learn to sleep without pills? Or that he needs to learn other behaviors that are more socially acceptable during those hours when he can’t sleep, accepting the sleeplessness for now. 

The Mayo Clinic suggests a number of reasons for insomnia including–you’ll love these-  stress (check), anxiety (check), depression (unknown), medications (check, for his pre and post surgical issues) and medical conditions (check), changes in your environment or work schedule (check), and even increase in medications (we don’t know).

Is not being able to sleep-for a person who basically has all his needs covered 10 times over and works out like a maniac to use up energy–a sign of something else? Deep restlessness? Soul searching? Maybe even wondering, as the song goes, if that’s all there is? 

Just idle thoughts on listening to what was said and what was not and wondering why.

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