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USA's Tiger Woods hits out bunker ninth hole during practice round Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Wednesday Sept. 26 2012

USA's Tiger Woods hits out of a bunker on the ninth hole during a practice round at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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Updated: October 29, 2012 6:37AM

Sneed exclusive...

Tiger Tops!

What’s the best way to turn off a vampire?


It will also tame a Tiger. ◆Link stink: Sneed hears golfing legend Tiger Woods, who is playing in the Ryder Cup golf tournament, which starts Friday, is so deadly allergic to garlic he has issued orders not to be served any while he’s here.

◆To wit: Garlic butter was omitted from the recipe for Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse’s famous sliders in Oakbrook Tuesday night, when the Ryder cup team showed up for dinner. “No garlic ... those were the instructions,” said a Sneed source. “Tiger showed up wearing his baseball cap backwards and was able to enjoy himself without worrying about his stoma ch.”◆To wit II: Garlic was also banned from the menu at the family-owned Rosewood Restaurant in Rosemont Wednesday night, where the Ryder Cup tossed its “gala.” Owner Jimmy Mandas told Sneed: “Nobody was served garlic. Easier th at way.”◆Femme fodder: Although the Ryder Cup players showed up with wives and girlfriends, Tiger, whose extracurricular marital woes once made headlines around the world, showe d up single.◆Divot data: Tiger’s hidden sex life wasn’t the only thing he kept from his wife, Elin Nordegren, from whom he is now divorced. The public learned of Tiger’s garlic allergy in 2003, when then-girlfriend Nordegren made him some pasta featur ing the allium. ◆Upshot: Tiger hadn’t told Elin about the allergy — which wound up wreaking havoc on Tiger’s gastrointestinal system, forcing him to miss two tournaments. Tiger lost 6 pounds in the illness, which he says afflicts everyone on his father’s side of the family.

Hair Scare...

Pssst! News reporters traveling on GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s plane refer to their mode of transport as ...”Hair Force One.”

The Eraser Set...

He’s a Prince: The Purple One used his third concert — the final in his Welcome 2 Chicago series — to honor Chicago Public School teachers and principals by giving them 500 tickets to last night’s concert. (Let’s hope they saw their CPS dispatched e-mail.)

The Jackson File ...

Sneed hears rumbles U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. may be planning to return to work sometime next week.

Word is doctors have given Jackson the green light if he feels up to it, but facing reporters — or “jackals” as wife Sandi Jackson calls the press “hounding” her husband — has made things difficult.

Sneed is told Ald. Jackson had been in Washington, D.C., with her family until flying into town the day of her fund-raiser Tuesday night. U.S. Rep. Jackson has been on medical leave due to mental health problems since June 10.

Obit omit...

Accused child murderer Casey Anthony’s maternal grandmother, Shirley Plesea, died in Florida recently and her obituary omits any reference to her granddaughter ... other than stating Plesea was a grandmother of five. Word is online guestbook visitors say Caylee is waiting for her great grandmother in heaven.

Missing Maggie ...

Hot ticket thicket: Star Wars creator George Lucas will join his sweetheart Mellody Hobson, helm inheritor of former First Lady Maggie Daley’s brainchild “After School Matters,” at the group’s 10th annual Gala Monday night at Navy Pier. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and wife, Amy Rule, and Maggie’s hubby, former Mayor Richard Daley, will be there.

I Spy...

Rocker Cyndi Lauper spotted lunching at the Italian Village Wednesday. Bet she didn’t skimp on the garlic ... U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg may not have been in the “jury” audience at the Driehaus museum Monday night voting on the insanity “retrial” of former first lady Mary Todd Lincoln — but her son, Justin Ginsberg was.

Sneedlings ...

Thursday’s birthdays ... Gwyneth Paltrow, 39; Meat Loaf, 64 and Shaun Cassidy, 53.

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