Woods' mother-in-law taken to hospital

Tuesday 08 December 2009 19.29
Tiger Woods - Incident in Florida
Tiger Woods - Incident in Florida

Golfer Tiger Woods' Swedish mother-in-law was taken from his Florida home by ambulance to a nearby hospital early today suffering from apparent stomach problems.

Details were not immediately available. But the incident was bound to prompt fresh media speculation about the private life of Woods, the world's No. 1 golfer.

He has been under intense media scrutiny since being injured in a minor car accident in the middle of the night outside his home late last month.

He has since admitted to 'transgressions' that apparently addressed allegations of marital infidelity.

Hospital spokesman Dan Yates said 'She's in stable condition and is undergoing current evaluation still.'

After Ms Holmberg was taken to the hospital a younger looking blond woman arrived there in a black Cadillac Escalade SUV.

A witness told WSVN, a local Fox television news affiliate, that the woman in the Escalade, who appeared at Health Central Hospital shortly after the ambulance had arrived, appeared to be Woods' wife, Elin Nordegren

The golfer's car accident last month triggered widespread speculation about his private life, given the time it happened and his refusal to meet with police to answer questions about it.

Media outlets have reported Woods has had extra-marital relationships with up to six women, maybe more.

Companies whose endorsements have helped make Woods perhaps the world's richest athlete, with a fortune estimated at $1bn, have said they are standing by him.

The top draw on the PGA tour, Woods is chasing Jack Nicklaus' record for victories in major tournaments and the unofficial title of best golfer ever. He has won 71 times on the tour in a glittering career that includes 14 major wins.

His mother-in-law is a former government minister in Sweden who is currently governor of Gavleborg County.