9 Dec 2009

Tiger's mother-in-law rushed to hospital

5:56 pm on 9 December 2009

Golfer Tiger Woods' Swedish mother-in-law has been treated for stomach pain after collapsing at his Florida home and being rushed to a nearby hospital by ambulance.

Barbro Holmberg, Elin Woods' mother, was later released from hospital with medical staff saying she was feeling much better.

The world golf number one 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.

The golfer's car accident in the earlier hours of the morning 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.

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.