Woods Swedish in-laws used to media spotlight

By Associated PressDecember 10, 2009, 12:16 am

STOCKHOLM – When images of Barbro Holmberg being rushed to the hospital were broadcast around the world, it was the first glimpse many had ever had of Tiger Woods’ mother-in-law.

Back home in Sweden, however, Elin Nordegren’s parents are quite used to the spotlight.

Holmberg is a well-known politician in Sweden and the Scandinavian country’s former migration minister – and was formerly married to a prominent journalist and author. As such, an ambulance trip from Wood’s Orlando-area mansion – or from anywhere else – would have made headlines in Sweden even without the media frenzy surrounding the golfer following his late-night car crash and subsequent reports of extramarital “transgressions.”

“I think she’s used to it,” said Olov Rydberg, who serves as Holmberg’s deputy in her current job as county governor in Gavleborg in central Sweden.

Of course, the rather unusual circumstances meant it was a top story in nearly every Swedish media outlet – some of which have flown their own reporters to Florida to report on the ongoing saga.

But Rydberg said Holmberg has other things to worry about rather than her newfound global fame. While she was in the hospital, Swedish wireless equipment maker LM Ericsson said it was closing a plant in the Gavleborg region that employs 856 people.

Rydberg said he spoke to Holmberg on the phone, and that her concerns were focused on the plant workers.

“I haven’t really noticed anything (concerning the media attention),” he said. “We’ve just talked about work.”

Holmberg was treated for stomach pains and was released 11 hours later.

Nordegren’s father, Thomas Nordegren, is a radio talk show host and spent nearly a decade working as a foreign correspondent for radio and TV. He has been hounded for comments about his daughter’s marriage ever since the car crash, but has refused to divulge any details.

Meanwhile, the globally broadcast images of Holmberg on a stretcher and the details published from the 911 call from Woods’ house has caused Swedish media to shift its debate from the continued reports of infidelity to the ethics of digging into someone’s private life.

“With what right do you publish each word of a phone call where a panicking daughter is calling for ambulance after her mom collapsed in the bathroom?” Jan Helin, the editor-in-chief of Sweden’s largest newspaper Aftonbladet, wrote Wednesday on the tabloid’s Web site.

He added, however, that Swedes have an added interest in the Woods story that goes beyond the worldwide fascination with a superstar athlete.

“The normal interest in gossip and curiosity is partly enough of an explanation. That’s human behavior,” he wrote. “But it’s not the entire explanation in this case. In this story, there’s something deeper that I think can be most easily expressed like this: We’re rooting for Elin.”

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.


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