Former NHL Coach Chimes in on Tiger Woods Phoenix Tooth-Gate Story

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A former NHL coach is saying he can verify claims that Tiger Woods came to Phoenix to have his teeth fixed after being hit in the face with a nine-iron by his wife on Thanksgiving.

Former NHL coach Pat Burns, who stood behind the bench for teams like the Montreal Canadians, the Toronto maple Leafs, and the New Jersey Devils, told Montreal radio station CKAC on Tuesday that a friend in the Florida Highway Patrol told him the real dirt on the Tiger tale that has kept gossip hounds howling since Thanksgiving, the Toronto Star reports.

Burns, a former cop who used to work with the FHP before coaching in the NHL, says the friend was on the scene at Tiger's lair the night of the incident and verified claims by venerable golf analyst Furman Bisher that the golf great was beaten with the club and then flown to Phoenix to have his choppers fixed. 

"He kept saying there was nothing there. He went to watch television. ... then suddenly, bang! A nine-iron in the face!" Burns tells the station. "He left the house running without shoes. Elin followed him with the club. He left in his Escalade. She followed him and broke two or three windows. That's why he hit the tree."

The attack, according to Burns, left Woods with broken teeth that, for some reason, could only be fixed in Phoenix.

Burns -- like Bisher -- says Tiger was flown that night from Florida to here for the repairs, which is why Florida police couldn't find Tiger the day after the incident. Burns also says Woods' mangled face is why Tiger hasn't been seen since the news of his philandering broke.

So, there ya go. Mystery, um, solved. 

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