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CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy — Tiger Woods surprised Lindsey Vonn Monday, showing up at the finish line as she broke the World Cup skiing record — but it was something else about Woods’ appearance that surprised everyone else.
At first, the Golf Channel reports, he initially turned heads with a strange skeleton-patterened scarf he was wearing over much of his face. But then interest quickly shifted to his missing front tooth, once the scarf was down. A photo surfaced, leading many to wonder what happened.
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg released a statement Monday afternoon explaining the missing tooth:
“During a crush of photographers at the awards podium, a media member with a shoulder-mounted video camera surged toward the stage, turned and hit Woods in the mouth. Woods’s tooth was knocked out by the incident.”
The Golf Channel also reports the missing front tooth also happened to be Woods’ dead tooth, which had in recent months turned more yellow.
Woods plans to start his 2015 season in two weeks, at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.