Vonn backs Tiger's account of tooth incident

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In a Facebook post Tuesday, Lindsey Vonn reiterated that Tiger Woods lost a tooth during the photo scrum and added that he didn’t complain or ask for any special assistance or security after the incident.

Later, in an interview with USA Today Sports, Vonn said that Woods' nerve is exposed and that he'll need to have his tooth replaced as soon as possible. 

“So happy that Tiger surprised me by coming to my race in Italy yesterday, watching me break the World Cup win record!” she wrote on Facebook. “I feel terrible that his tooth got knocked out though. When he was in the final area a camera man accidentally knocked into him and took out his front tooth.

“He was still in great spirits though and didn’t complain once or ask for any special assistance or security. We were both just happy to share the moment together. #bigsurprise #sohappy #63”

 

Vonn told USA Today of Woods’ condition: “The nerve is showing, so he will definitely get it replaced ASAP. This pain is really nothing when he has had as many injuries as he’d had. It’s not a big deal; he was in good spirits.”  

Woods surprised Vonn at the women’s World Cup race in Italy and was photographed at the finish line with a skeleton ski mask covering his face. The Daily Mail acquired video of their post-race celebration, in which Woods kissed Vonn with his mask still pulled up. 

According to Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg, a media member with a shoulder-mounted video camera accidentally hit Woods in the mouth during the awards ceremony, knocking out one of his front teeth. Race organizers, however, said that the incident was not reported. Nicola Colli, the secretary general of the organizing committee, told The Associated Press on Monday: “I was among those who escorted him from the tent to the snowmobile and there was no such incident. When he arrived he asked for more security and we rounded up police to look after both him and Lindsey.” 

On Tuesday, Colli told USA Today: “During the (awards) ceremony, Tiger Woods was in the operations tent, the tent just outside the exit gate. He was looking on from there and he was not in the finish area.”

She added: “He was not in the ceremony area during the ceremony … I don’t have any information regarding the accident.” 

No still images or video of the incident have surfaced, but an Associated Press photographer snapped a photo of Woods in which he was missing a tooth. 

Woods is scheduled to make his 2015 debut at next week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open