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Cops Pursue Warrant

in Woods Case

11/30/2009 2:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Sources tell TMZ the Florida Highway Patrol is now focusing on obtaining a search warrant -- allowing them to seize medical records from the hospital that treated Tiger Woods -- in an attempt to determine if the wounds Woods sustained are consistent with a car accident or domestic violence.

Tiger Woods

We're told authorities believe they can show probable cause a crime was committed, a necessary step in obtaining a warrant.

One big piece of evidence showing probable cause ... sources tell us Tiger's wife, Elin Nordegren told FHP troopers she went looking for Tiger in a golf cart, came upon the accident and then used a golf club to break the window to gain entry. That's a very different story from what she first told Windemere cops shortly after the accident -- she never mentioned a golf cart. Nordegren told Windemere police she had walked out of her house, saw the crash, went back inside to get a golf club and returned to the vehicle.

TMZ has reviewed 21 photos from the scene -- no sign of any golf cart. But we just found another photo (below) from the scene, where you can see a golf cart in the foreground.

Tiger Woods golf cart

Tiger Woods Car Crash PicsAnd there's more ... although alcohol was not involved, Tiger was in and out of consciousness and TMZ has already reported Tiger told a friend he was taking prescription meds for pain, which could be evidence of DUI. This, too, could constitute probable cause to obtain a warrant.

We're told the FHP is pursuing the search warrant option after getting shut down again Sunday in an attempt to interview Tiger and Elin and eyeball Tiger's wounds.

As we first reported, according to sources, Tiger told a friend Elin had attacked him after she confronted him with reported allegations he had cheated on her. We're told Tiger told the friend Elin then followed him out of the house and struck the moving vehicle with the golf club, causing him to get distracted and hit the hydrant.

If the FHP determines Elin attacked Tiger, we're told she could be arrested for domestic violence.

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Who got decapitated?

1766 days ago

Ian Kemp    

Come on.....who cares about Tiger Woods...I want to know about Harvey and Dr Andy's big splitsville....anyone on TMZ got the balls to report this one..?

1766 days ago


You can best believe that fighting is nothing new between Tiger and Elin. Violence in relationships escalate. I said the other day that the police suspect Elin of domestic violence and they'll obtain a warrant to get the information they need to arrest her any legal way that they can. Tiger, be a good man and tell the police what really happened- Elin committed a felony against you.

1766 days ago


Arrest Elin, put her in the same cell with Casey Anthony and let Elin beat her with a nine iron.

1766 days ago


actually, there was a photo of a golf cart in some other photos (which is seen in the following link: http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/slideshow?id=9197113 -- picture 4 of 5).

1766 days ago


Marriage without a pre-nup is stupid.

If you don't want a pre-nup then instead of getting married, just find a woman you hate and buy her a house.

You will be broke and angry but at least you will have missed the years of nagging leading up to the divorce.

It's simple - if she won't sign a contract then don't marry her. No exceptions.

1766 days ago


No golf cart? Do your homework! Here is a picture showing a golf cart at the scene!


1766 days ago

Hugh Charton    

I'd let Elin beat me in the part with a golf club any time!!!!

1766 days ago


Do you think maybe all of the leaks are coming from Tiger himself? Setting her up for the divorce? Wanting the public to know how violent she can be?

1766 days ago


The golf cart you see in the pictures belongs to the private security that monitors Islewood. Elin was NOT driving a golf cart. The police have established that already.

1766 days ago


Ummmm....hey, TMZ. "No sign of a golf cart"? Excellent reporting as usual. There is a golf cart if WFTV's first picture that YOU posted on YOUR site. Less salivating over the infidelity rumors and more attention to detail please...

1766 days ago


First of all, the government is broke. That's why they try everything to make money hahhahaa

1766 days ago


hey you gotta give it to Tiger he made TMZ forget about Michael Jackson for a minute (sort of, kind of). as soon as this dies down they will be back on the MJ bashing band wagon again BUT for the time being lets all breath. mhhhh....in and mhhhhh.....out and repeat....

1766 days ago


The Rambo cops can't arrest anyone if neither Tiger or Elin indicate that anything illegal went on inside. Dealing with the fire hydrant may result in Tiger getting a 3-stroke penalty and smashing into a tree may cost him, as we know, some hefty repairs to his spiffy golf cart (golf superstars don't own cars, they own golf carts). Otherwise, it seems like this issue is being blown out of proportion by either the media or the cops or both. Tiger and Elin will no doubt handle this with far more dignity than the cops are used to. Something tells me Tiger and Elin are having a big laugh over this and just need to figure out how to make the cops go away. Offer to pay for a new hydrant? Tiger does a days work at a local gardening outlet so he can then plant a few more trees along "Bumper Car Lane"?

1766 days ago


There is a "real war" going on...what right do you guys have to invade the privacy of others???? I pray Obama passes a law to destroy you guys. I lived in Guantanamo Bay for two years as a civilain because my husbands job took him there...you guys should be reporting how four police officers were killed in Washington State today and the killer has still not been found. The Sheriff in Florida should also be more worried about that than if Tiger Woods and his Wife had a dispute...pitiful!!!!!

1766 days ago
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