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Harrison1.JPGHarrison Dragus just figured this happened all the time on the golf course. His only real experience had been playing putt-putt golf with the family or taking an occasional shot while riding along with his dad.
So when the 5-year-old from Elmwood Park teed it up Sunday for the first time on a real course, what else did he expect?
''He took a couple of practice swings, then hit it dead-square,'' said Brian Dragus, the father of the young golfer. ''It hit the green and rolled. Then I saw it disappear. I jumped up and yelled, 'Hole in one!'  I'm not sure [Harrison] even knew what had happened. He had no reference point.''
Call it one for the ages.
The preschooler had just drilled his debut drive, an 83-yard laser, into the bottom of the cup on Hole??No. 1 at the Golf Center in Des Plaines, a par-3 course.
''I have been playing for 30 years and never had one,'' Brian Dragus said. ''He just thought it was neat. I get a 3 on the first hole, and I'm down two.''
Harrison had another close call on the third hole when he hit the green. He finished the day with a 49 -- still good enough to defeat his father, who had spotted him 20 strokes.
''When we got to the end, he wasn't having the same success,'' the older Dragus said. ''But he kept telling me how much fun he was having.''
After celebrating with ice cream sundaes, the two drove home, and Brian Dragus wasted no time checking online to find that Tiger Woods hit his first ace at age 6.


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Get ready for the Internet to explode again: A journalist, author and recovering sex addict himself is reporting that Tiger Woods IS seeking out treatment for sex addiction.

Benoit Denizet-Lewis reports that a source with knowledge of the golfer's treatment has confirmed Woods is at Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services in Hattiesburg, Miss., according to a story at nydailynews.com.

"We mock or it we say it's not a real addiction," said the journalist and regular New York Times Magazine contributor. "But it's very much the real deal."

The rumors about Woods seeking treatment have been percolating for several weeks as the maelstrom of Woodsgate quieted down just a bit. This is sure to spin the frenzy machine back into full gear - in addition to the Daily News, ESPN already started picking up on the story Tuesday afternoon.

Denizet-Lewis, who also contributes to the sports blog Deadspin, says that rehab for sex addiction is no different that any other addiction treatment course. He says Woods will have to sign a celibacy agreement - no masturbation, even - and will be enrolled in 12-step programs, art therapy and a most-likely cringe-inducing bought of raw truth.

"He'll do like everyone else - get up early, eat the same food and go through the same emotions. ... It's a really intense experience," Denizet-Lewis tells the Daily News.

Now, surely everyone is just gonna lay back and let the man recover in peace, right?

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As if President Obama weren't having enough issues lately, Afghanistan escalation, dropping public opinion numbers, the Nobel Peace Prize, etc., Now comes the left field oddity he probably never could have predicted: Tiger Woods.

The January Golf Digest cover story, 10 Tips Obama can Take From Tiger, was written over the summer and the issue went to press in November before Tiger's world fell apart, but it's still sure to be fodder for late-night jokes for a time.

An interesting quote from the issue:

"Woods is a good role model ... because he has always been able to pull himself together after setbacks. Woods never does anything that would make himself look ridiculous."

The idea was that Obama could take a page from the master tactician's golf game in dealing with adversity. Let's just all hop that the extreme crisis management Tiger's working on right now isn't a skill the president has to put into use anytime soon.

The Tiger Woods 911 tape was released Sunday night, but the only thing you can really get from it is that his rich neighbors apparently only use cordless phones with limited bas station range.

As the slightly panicked neighbor is telling fire-rescue about an apparently unconscious Woods lying in the street next to his Escalade, his phone craps out, leaving the dispatchers to chit-chat about the scene until help arrives.

What you don't hear is a golf club-swinging Elin Nordegren accenting her way through the call. Nor is Woods on audio.

Of course, with the Woods family ducking the cops for a third attempt at an interview, it's no wonder they're not being heard from on this tape, either.

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Golfer Tiger Woods was seriously injured when he hit a fire hydrant and then a tree outside of his Isleworth home early on Friday morning, Orlando TV station WESH is reporting.

The Florida Highway Patrol reported that Woods was "seriously injured" and taken to a hospital after his 2009 black Cadillac Escalade apparently hit a fire hydrant outside his home and hit a tree outside his neighbor's home.

The Orange County Fire Department confirmed that a patient was taken to Health Central, but would not confirm that the patient was Woods.

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that the incident happened about 2:30 a.m. local time and that the vehicles airbags did not deploy, which indicates a speed under 33 mph.

Authorities say the crash, which was not reported by the FHP until after 1 this afternoon, is still under investigation and charges were pending as of this afternoon, though the Florida Highway Patrol says the crash was not alcohol related.

CNBC reporter Darren Rovell sent a tweet saying Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, claimed Woods "is fine."

The patrol reported Woods' injuries as serious, though Woods spokesman Glenn Greenspan said the golfer was treated at the hospital and released in good condition.

UPDATE 10:45 p.m.: Tiger's wife, Elin, rescued him with a glass-smashing golf club after the accident.

UPDATE: 11:45 p.m.: TMZ reports that Tiger's injuries were caused by a domestinc dispute over infidelity with wife, Elin Nordegren.

We're told he said his wife had confronted him about reports that he was seeing another woman. The argument got heated and, according to our source, she scratched his face up. We're told it was then Woods beat a hasty retreat for his SUV -- but according to our source, Woods says his wife followed behind with a golf club. As Tiger drove away, she struck the vehicle several times with the club.

Woods, 33, owns a home in the exclusive subdivision of Isleworth near Orlando. Orange County property records indicate his home is valued at $2.4 million.


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