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Tiger Woods' mother-in-law is released from hospital


Tiger Woods' mother-in-law was taken from the golfer's home in Florida

Golf star Tiger Woods' mother-in-law has been released from hospital after treatment for stomach pains.

Barbro Holmberg, mother of Woods' wife Elin, was admitted in the early hours of the morning after an emergency call from Woods' home near Orlando, Florida.

A Health Central Hospital spokesman said she returned to Woods' home after being released in a good condition.

Last week, Woods apologised to his family for letting them down amid speculation about his private life.

His statement came days after he was found bleeding and semi-conscious after crashing his car into a fire hydrant and a tree outside his home in the gated Isleworth community in Windermere. The crash fuelled speculation that Woods had had a dispute with his wife.

TV coverage

Ms Holmberg, who arrived in the US from her native Sweden a few days ago, was taken by ambulance to Health Central Hospital in Ocoee early on Tuesday morning.

Tiger Woods with his daughter, Sam, and wife, Elin (21 November 2009)
27 Nov: Tiger Woods receives hospital treatment after car crash outside his home, fuelling speculation about his private life amid reports of a rift with his wife
2 Dec: Woods issues statement apologising to his family for letting them down with unspecified "transgressions"
8 Dec: Woods' mother-in-law taken to hospital after emergency call from Woods' home

Footage shot by one of the local TV crews that have camped outside Woods' home since the 27 November car crash showed a blonde woman being wheeled on a stretcher into the hospital.

Health Central is the same hospital where Woods was treated after he crashed his car last month.

Hospital spokesman Dan Yates said Ms Holmberg was released about 11 hours after she was admitted.

"She's in a good state and feeling much better," he told reporters.

Woods' car crash followed a story in a US gossip magazine that he had had an affair with a Los Angeles cocktail waitress.

The world number one golfer, a 14-time major champion, was later charged with careless driving and fined $164.

Blood tests

A police report released on Monday showed that a Florida Highway Patrol trooper had suspected Woods of driving under the influence, and sought a subpoena for the golfer's blood-test results from the hospital where he was treated following the crash.

A witness, who was not identified in the report, told the trooper that Woods had been drinking alcohol earlier, and had been prescribed the drugs Ambien and Vicodin.

Prosecutors rejected the request for a subpoena.

Woods' mother-in-law is governor of Gavleborg county in central Sweden.

Her daughter Elin, a former model, has been married to Woods for five years. The couple have two children.

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