Elin Nordegren used golf clubs to smash open Woods's back window

By Siobhan Morrissey
Updated November 27, 2009 07:40 PM
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Tiger Woods is not the only member of his family with a good golf swing. His wife, Elin Nordegren, used her husband’s golf clubs to rescue him after the vehicle he was driving got pinned to a tree in an early morning accident the day after Thanksgiving.

Windermere Police officers were the first to respond to the scene that was “spitting distance” from the golfer’s home in the gated community of Islesworth, Fla., according to Windermere Police Chief Daniel Saylor.

“When they got there, he was laying in the street,” Saylor told PEOPLE. “His wife had broken out the back window with a golf club to get into the vehicle and pull him out.”

Saylor did not know how Nordegren managed to pull her husband out, but she was determined to do so. “She used two golf clubs,” Saylor says. “She bent one and used another one.”

Woods, 33, first hit a fire hydrant and then smashed into a tree, according to two Windermere patrolmen who arrived first at the scene.

“When they got there, they noticed he had lacerations to his lower and upper lip and blood in his mouth and he was in and out of consciousness,” Saylor says.

Officers Jason Sipos and Brandon McDonnell treated Woods before the ambulance arrived. McDonnell is a paramedic and began administering first aid. They worked on Woods for 10 to 15 minutes before the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the ambulance arrived, the chief adds.

“They were holding him down because he kept trying to get up and he kept going in and out of consciousness,” Saylor says. “They held his head stable for him and basically made sure he didn’t move.”

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash, which took place outside Woods’s home. No charges have been filed at this time. It remains unclear what Woods was doing out at that hour.

Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn told PEOPLE on Friday afternoon that Woods had been treated and released from Health Central Hospital in Ocoee, just outside of Orlando and Islesworth.

Bruhn called the injuries “minor.”