The golf legend's mom, and perhaps his mother-in-law, were reportedly at the scene

By Joyce Chen
Updated December 04, 2009 03:55 PM
Credit: Scott Kirkland/Globe Photos

Two more women may have been involved in the mystery surrounding Tiger Woods’s Nov. 27 car crash – his mother and mother-in-law.

According to the Associated Press, a voice strongly resembling that of Woods’s mother, Kultida Woods, can be heard saying loudly, “What happened?” in the background of a 911 call reporting the incident to police.

Woods’s neighbor Jarius Lavar Adams and his sister Kimberly Harris spoke with Florida Highway Patrol troopers about the late-night incident, noting that Kultida and the golfer’s mother-in-law, Barbro Holmberg, were at the scene, though the AP could not independently confirm that information.

According to Harris, who said she heard a loud “knocking sound” and saw tail lights that night, she and her brother found Woods, 33, shoeless and snoring in the passenger seat of his 2009 Cadillac Escalade.

‘Please Help Me’

Woods’s wife, Elin Nordegren, was already at the scene, wearing a black jogging suit and begging Adams and Harris for help.

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“She said, ‘Can you please help me? Can you please help me?’ ” Adams said in the 16-minute conversation with troopers. “I said ‘Okay.’ I immediately just ran back to the phone, called 911, ran back out the house again to go back out there to see if she needed any assistance.”

The AP report also stated that Adams and Harris were unsure if Nordegren, 29, left the scene at any point, since they were busy caring for their neighbor. Woods, Adams said, was bleeding.

“Not a lot of blood … nothing on his shirt, nothing on his hands,” he told investigators. Harris ducked back into the house to bring out a pillow and blankets.


“The cops came, the Windermere cops came first, then the security guards came,” Harris said, referring to the security guards for the gated Isleworth community. “And then it appears Mr. Woods’s mom, and Tiger’s wife’s mom came out after the fact.”

“I don’t know if they heard the commotion, I don’t know if she, the wife, left and came back. But they walked across the grass and were outside as well.”

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A spokeswoman for Holmberg, Woods’s mother-in-law, told the AP that she didn’t know if Holmberg was in Florida at the time of the accident.

“I don’t know for sure, but I don’t think so,” the spokeswoman said. “I have not been informed about that. She was here again working on Monday again anyway.”