Wed, Dec 09, 2009 - Page 20 News List

Report links Woods to drink, drugs


Tiger Woods is now on the inward nine when it comes to women claiming relationships with the golf superstar in the wake of his apology for “personal sins” and “transgressions” that hurt his family.

News reports on Monday pushed to 10 the number of women linking themselves to Woods in the wake of his one-car crash, as reports suggested he had been drinking before that accident and was also taking prescription medications.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that a failed police request for a subpoena to obtain Woods’ hospital blood test results and cited a witness who claimed he had been drinking and was taking Ambien, a sedative, and the pain-killer Vicodin.

The report cited a law enforcement document as saying the witness is the same person who pulled Woods from his vehicle, which earlier statements indicated was his wife Elin.

Woods was taken to a hospital on Nov. 27 after crashing into a fire hydrant and a tree, two days after a tabloid reported he was having an affair with New York club hostess Rachel Uchitel.

Police sought access to his medical information to check the possibility he was “driving under the influence with property damage,” the request said.

Neighbors who arrived at the scene moments after the crash told police Woods was snoring.

Police were denied a subpoena for medical records and in the end only cited Woods for reckless driving.

Web site reported that Elin has moved out of the US$2.6 million mansion she shared with the 14-time major golf champion and is living in a nearby house. Woods owns another home near his main residence.

The New York Daily News reported that a new name on the growing list is Cori Rist, a 31-year-old divorced mother who says she met Woods at a New York club.

In related news, an ambulance responded early yesterday to a call for medical assistance from Woods, US media reported.

Local TV in the Orlando area where Woods resides said a call for an ambulance was received from the Woods home at 2:36am.

Television news footage showed an unidentified blonde woman arriving at an area hospital on a gurney reportedly from the Woods home.

Orlando’s WESH television reported that a radio log showed that an adult woman was transported from Woods’ home to Health Central Hospital in nearby Ocoee.

WESH added that video from the hospital showed a middle-age woman being removed from an ambulance on a stretcher and taken through an emergency entrance.

News reports said that Woods’ mother-in-law and sister-in-law were visiting the golf star’s wife.

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