Has Tiger Woods Already Left Home?December 10, 2009 - 9:39 AM | by: Serafin Gomez
ORLANDO, Fla. – Has Tiger Woods left his home in Florida? In the tight-knit community of Windermere, Fla., where the world’s most famous golf player resides, neighbors, and town residents tell Fox News that they believe that Woods, at the center of a deepening scandal of global interest, left his home Tuesday.
Local residents believe that the athlete slipped out while the media attention was focused on his mother-in-law — who had to be rushed from the Woods home, to a local hospital with “stomach pains”.
Barbro Holmberg, a prominent Swedish politician, spent almost 12 hours at Health Central Hospital in Ocoee before she was released. Her admittance re-ignited media fury here that lead to multiple TV satellite trucks staking out that location. Incidently, Health Central is the same hospital that Woods was brought to after his early morning crash in front of his house, 2 weeks ago.
So, if true, where has Woods gone? One of his neighbors in the exclusive,and private community of Isleworth, where Woods owns two properties,speaking on the condition of anonymity, says the speculation varies in the neighborhood, from California to a property in Jupiter, Fl.
However, it is believed that Woods’ wife, Elin and children still remain at their residence here. Holmberg is supposed to remain in Florida with her daughter through the week, according to Swedish media.
A lawyer for Woods, reached last night, would not comment about his client’s whereabouts. Phone calls to the office of his agent where not returned by the time this entry was posted.
Yesterday, FoxNews.com reported that Woods and his family where considering moving to Sweden, where it was reported that his Swedish wife had recently purchased a $2 million mansion.
In this little bucolic Florida town, that is the antithesis of neighboring Orlando with hits gaudy theme parks, and ‘McMansions,’ some of Woods neighbors are tired of the media attention this area has received due to the scandal. One described how a tabloid surreptitiously asked if they could use their boat to photograph Woods’ estate from a nearby lake;They declined. Another said how they have simply refused to speak to press because their community has become “tight-lipped”.
However, others see the media arrival as an economic opportunity. Allen’s Creamery,a popular local ice cream,and sandwich shop, now offers a discounted lunch combo meal to members of the media. Press can get a can of soda,and a bag of chips, with their turkey croissant sandwich, for $7.
Fox News National Correspondent, Phil Keating, contributed to this report.