ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Golfer Tiger Woods’ Swedish mother-in-law was treated for stomach pain after collapsing at his Florida home early on Tuesday and being rushed to a nearby hospital by ambulance.
Barbro Holmberg, Elin Woods’ mother, was later released in good condition, according to a hospital spokesman who declined to provide details of her ailment, citing privacy concerns. 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.
Holmberg was admitted to Health Central Hospital in Ocoee, Florida, suffering from stomach pains and was discharged later in the day, hospital spokesman Dan Yates said.
“She’s in a good state and feeling much better,” he said at a news conference. Earlier he had described her condition as “not serious.”
“She was wheeled out in a wheelchair, just like everyone else is,” Yates added, referring to a standard discharge practice at U.S. hospitals.
Local television said medics were called to Woods’ home in Windermere at 2:36 a.m. (0736 GMT).
After 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 younger woman appeared to be Woods’ Swedish wife, Elin Nordegren.
Authorities released a recording of a frantic call for help from the Woods home to emergency services. A woman, presumably Nordegren, said to a dispatcher: “Oh, my God ... my mom just collapsed ... she collapsed in the bathroom. What do I do?”
The dispatcher urges the woman to calm down. A crying child can be heard in the background. The woman leaves the phone and comes back about 20 seconds later to say her mother is fine but then agrees that medics can come over to examine her.
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 $1 billion, 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.
Reporting by Barbara Liston, additional reporting by Jim Loney; Editing by Pascal Fletcher and Anthony Boadle