Tiger Woods loses a tooth after painful accident in Italy (PHOTO)

Jan 20, 2015 at 12:25 p.m. ET
Image: Judy Eddy/WENN.com

You'd think by now Tiger Woods would know how to handle the paparazzi.

Woods must be channeling his inner Michael Strahan lately. He was spotted in Italy in Cortina d'Ampezzo, where he surprised both the media and his girlfriend, gold medal Olympian skier Lindsey Vonn.

Vonn was competing in and won the 63rd World Cup race. But that wasn't what caused such a stir. It was Woods, who turned up in photos missing his front tooth.

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According to the golfer's agent, Mark Steinberg, there was an incident involving a video cameraman that led to Woods losing a tooth, and this time it didn't have anything to do with Woods' temper.

According to sources, he sent an email saying, "During a crush of photographers at the awards podium at the World Cup event in Italy, a media member with a shoulder-mounted video camera pushed and surged toward the stage, turned and hit Tiger Woods in the mouth. Woods' tooth was knocked out by the incident."

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OK, so it was an accident, but we can't help but chuckle at how ridiculous Woods looks with his front tooth missing. Woods, who has been sidelined much more than usual lately because of a back injury, will compete in the Phoenix Open next week.

So we will have to wait and see if the most photographed golfer in history will have his tooth fixed by then or if we will have a plethora of new meme-worthy photos of Woods for years to come.

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