Tiger Woods well documented troubles with his driving ended in a visit to a Florida hospital in the early hours of Friday morning. He managed to duck hook a 300 yard drive from his garage, ricocheting off a fire hydrant and ending up 50 yards out of bounds.
Ex-coach Butch Hardman said this morning that he had predicted such a thing might be on the cards if he didn't change his technique. He told Golf World magazine: "I said to him 3 years ago that unless he could sychronise his hips and shoulders in the downswing, he could be looking at serious problems in the future. He also had a tendency to fiddle with his CD player on long drives, which I told him could also be bad news."
Meanwhile his current driving instructor, Joe Biffam from Florida Driving School, expressed suprise at the accident. "His short game has always been natural and sound, and indeed by all accounts he had no problem with the initial manouvre out of the garage. For longer distances, we have been working on a more consistent move from 3rd to 4th gear on his stick shift, and last week I thought he had it nailed. I guess the old problems with the reverse pivot must have just reappeared."
This morning, Woods was said to be in a good condition although he wouldn't be able to make his usual Saturday morning fourball.