December 1, 2009
Posted: 07:32 PM ET
First things first: The citation issued to Tiger Woods by the Florida Highway Patrol for careless driving will only cost him a maximum of $164 - which means it could be less - so let's not start up a collection for golf's Billion-Dollar Man just yet.
All jokes aside, the negligible fine after hitting a fire hydrant and tree in front of his home early Friday morning should feel like another par save for the man who led the PGA Tour in scrambling this season.
While the announcement of this traffic violation quells any notion of further illegalities stemming from the incident, it still leaves many burning questions for inquiring minds.
Where was Woods going at 2:25 a.m.? How, exactly, did the accident occur? Why did his wife, Elin, reportedly need to smash a back window in order to free him from the vehicle?
It doesn't appear likely that we'll find out the detailed answers to such questions anytime soon, if ever. Throughout his professional career, Woods has remained mum on personal issues from swing changes to knee injuries. His theory: If I don't want you to know something, I simply won't tell you.
It's a strategy he has maintained in recent days, likely at the suggestion of his legal counsel. While it was not mandatory for him to speak with the FHP, three times officers came to his Windermere, Fla., home and three times they were sent away without comment.
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