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ORLANDO - An unidentified woman was taken from golfer Tiger Woods' Florida home by ambulance to a nearby hospital early yesterday, authorities said.

ORLANDO - An unidentified woman was taken from golfer Tiger Woods' Florida home by ambulance to a nearby hospital early yesterday, authorities said.

The woman was later released from hospital, a local television station reported.

But the incident was bound to prompt fresh media speculation about the private life of Woods, the world's No 1 golfer.

He has been under intense media scrutiny since he was injured in a minor car crash 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.

"We responded to a medical call. A patient was transported (by ambulance)," said Orange County fire rescue spokesperson Genevieve Latham.

Latham declined further comment.

But WESH-TV, a local station, showed footage of a woman being taken on a stretcher into a hospital in Ococee, Florida, and said medics were called to Woods' home in Windermere at 2.36am.

After the woman was taken to the hospital a younger looking blonde woman arrived there in a black Cadillac Escalade SUV, local media reported.

A witness said that the woman who appeared at Health Central Hospital in the Escalade shortly after the ambulance had arrived appeared to be Woods' Swedish wife, Elin Nordegren

Officials at the hospital's emergency room said the patient who arrived by ambulance had been released, but Health Central officials were unavailable for immediate comment.

The golfer's car accident 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 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 of $1billion, say they are standing by him. - Reuters

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