PURCHASE, N.Y. — Gatorade says it is discontinuing its Tiger Woods drink but says it made the decision before the golfer's car accident led to a media firestorm surrounding his personal life.
The decision to drop the drink, called Tiger Focus, was first reported by trade publication Beverage Digest in an issue dated Nov. 25, days before the incident at Woods' home in Florida.
The brand — a unit of PepsiCo Inc. — says the decision does not have to do with recent events. A spokesman says the decision came several months ago.
The drink debuted in March 2008.
Beverage Digest estimates it represents less than 5 percent of Gatorade's volume. Sales volume of Tiger Focus was down 34 percent this year through October.
A hospital spokesman says Tiger Woods' mother-in-law is in stable condition after an early morning 911 call from his home
Barbro Holmberg was taken by ambulance to Health Central Hospital after someone called 911 about 2:35 a.m., hospital spokesman Dan Yates said. She was released about 11 hours later and returned to Woods' home, Yates said. He said he could not be more specific about her ailment because of privacy laws.
Last night, David Letterman, after a week off, didn’t waste any time diving into material about Tiger Woods on the "Late Show" on Monday, joking that he wishes the golfer would stop calling him to ask for advice.
"President Obama is sending troops to Afghanistan," Letterman said. "Hell, he ought to be sending them to Tiger Woods' house."
But they might not find Tiger’s wife, Elin, at home.
The Chicago Tribune is reporting Elin Woods moved out of the home and into another home owned by Woods in the same Isleworth neighborhood.
This comes after reports that the list of Tiger’s mistresses has grown to possibly nine.
The New York Daily News was one of the first to report on No. 7, Holly Sampson, a 36-year-old who has starred in numerous porn films. Several media outlets are reporting that Sampson met Woods before he married.
Meanwhile, US Magazine is reporting the list has grown to nine with speculation that one is a British TV personality and the other has secured a Florida attorney. The last woman claims to have had a two-year relationship with Woods.
Six other women ranging from a Perkins manager in Orlando and a lingerie model in Las Vegas had already been linked to having affairs with the world’s No. 1 golfer.