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Tiger Woods’ tooth story might come back to bite him


When Tiger Woods showed up in Italy to support girlfriend Lindsey Vonn, he was missing a tooth.

The problem? Woods’ agent said the golfing great was hit in the mouth by a videographer.

Made for a great story, but race officials told The Associated Press it wasn’t true.

“I was among those who escorted him from the tent to the snowmobile, and there was no such incident,” Nicola Colli, the secretary general of the race organizing committee, told The Associated Press. “When he arrived he asked for more security, and we rounded up police to look after both him and Lindsey.”

Colli told TMZ that Woods didn’t seem to be in pain and there was no blood visible.

But Vonn went to Facebook to backup the original claim:

“So happy that Tiger surprised me by coming to my race in Italy yesterday, watching me break the World Cup win record! I feel terrible that his tooth got knocked out though. When he was in the finish area a camera man accidentally knocked into him and took out his front tooth. He was still in great spirits though and didn’t complain once or ask for any special assistance or security. We were both just happy to share the moment together.”

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