ORLANDO – If the public feels like there is much left to learn about the particulars of Tiger Woods’ curious car crash in the wee hours after Thanksgiving Day, get in line.
His friends remain equally in the dark.
Two prominent professional players and Orlando-area neighbors who were invited to Woods’ wedding five years ago haven’t been able to reach the sequestered superstar, who is apparently hunkered down inside his Isleworth Country Club home, waiting for authorities to arrive Saturday to begin formally questioning him.
Contacted at midday Saturday, John Cook and Charles Howell, who were on the Isleworth grounds when news helicopters began buzzing the course on the morning after the Woods crash, said they are as befuddled as anybody because of the news blackout in the Woods camp.
Why was Woods in his car at 2:30 a.m., where was he headed, and what happened that caused him to drive headfirst into a hydrant and tree on the wrong side of the street?
“A day later, that remains the million-dollar question,” said Cook, a longtime friend.
Cook said he was across the street from Woods’ house on Saturday morning, hitting balls on the driving range, when Woods’ housekeeper was spotted walking the family’s pet dogs.
“I talked to her for a moment and all she was that he was OK,” Cook said.
Other than that, details have been nil. Cook said he spoke with the director of Woods’ charity and got precious little enlightenment, either. Cook’s phone call to Woods wasn’t returned, he said.
“I have no more of a clue what happened than anybody else,” Cook said. “I think his phone probably blew up.”
Howell, one of Woods’ longtime friends and another Isleworth resident, said he sent Woods a text message expressing concern.
“I have not heard word one back,” Howell said.
Both players said the feeding frenzy has reached ridiculous proportions. Cook said that as he left Isleworth after lunch on Saturday, “there were 50 or 60 people out there at the front gate, doing remotes," he said.
“It was crazy,” Cook said. “Cars were everywhere, either from media or people just out there, I guess, just watching.”