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Tiger Woods to be cited for careless driving

 The fire hydrant (L) and tree (2nd R) which were hit in an accident involving golfer Tiger Woods is seen next to Woods
The fire hydrant (L) and tree (2nd R) which were hit in an accident involving golfer Tiger Woods is seen next to Woods' house in the Isleworth community in Windermere, Florida December 1, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Fowler
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ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Tiger Woods will be cited for careless driving, the Florida Highway Patrol said on Tuesday, four days after the world's top golfer drove his Cadillac SUV into a fire hydrant and a tree outside his Florida home.

FHP Major Cindy Williams said no criminal charges would be filed against Woods and the investigation was being closed.

"There are no claims of domestic violence by any individual," Sergeant Kim Montes added at a news conference.

Woods, a powerhouse marketer and perhaps the world's richest athlete with a fortune estimated at $1 billion, was treated at a hospital for injuries to his face suffered in the car accident in the early hours of last Friday.

Woods has since declined to speak to police about the accident, leaving questions about the circumstances. Amid a swirl of speculation over the details of the incident, media reports have suggested Woods had argued with his Swedish wife, Elin Nordegren, that night.

Citing injuries from the accident, Woods pulled out of the Chevron World Challenge golf tournament in Thousand Oaks, California, this week, an event he has hosted for nine years.

Woods said in a written statement on Sunday that the accident was his fault. He called irresponsible the "false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me."

(Reporting by Barbara Liston, Jim Loney and Jane Sutton; Editing by Pascal Fletcher and Frances Kerry)

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