Golf superstar Tiger Woods' front tooth was knocked out yesterday after he was hit in the face by a video camera, according to his agent.

Woods made a surprise appearance in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, to watch his girlfriend, skier Lindsey Vonn, win her record 63rd World Cup race when a photographer snapped a photo that shows Woods missing his left front incisor.

Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg of Excel Sports, explained in an email to The Associated Press, "During a crush of photographers as 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."

The Associated Press reported:

"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."

Woods had been wearing a scarf with a skeleton pattern over the lower part of his face, sunglasses and a stocking cap. The photo was taken when the scarf was lowered.


Steinberg was traveling and did not say when Woods would have the tooth replaced. Golf's biggest -- and most photographed -- star returns to competition next week in the Phoenix Open, and his smile is sure to produce a stream of shutters from the cameras.

Watch the clip above and see photos below.

(AP Photo/Armando Trovati)

(AP Photo/Armando Trovati)