Now a month after the Tiger Woods scandal first broke, news is still cumulating around the once private athlete. Rumors of a depending divorce and where Woods is hiding, has kept him in the headlines.
Of course, this is according to a gossip magazine, but In Touch Weekly is reporting that Woods is still in contact with his alleged mistress Rachel Uchitel. Allegedly, Tiger is hiding out on a yacht, just 500 ft. from Rachel’s condo. The source says the pair has seen each other on numerous occasions since the scandal broke.
Fellow golfers are now coming forward claiming they knew all along about his cheating ways but kept their mouth shut. Golf pro Helen Alfredsson told Sweden’s TV4 station “I heard it last summer during the British open.” She told the news station on Wednesday that it was common knowledge on the circuit that he was cheating on wife Elin Nordegren. Alfredsson went on to call Woods “cold” and that there is “something odd about him.”
Legend golfer Jack Nicklaus was one of the few golfers to stick up for Woods, calling him a “great athlete” and predicting the scandal would die down soon.
In an attempt to quiet the media, Woods has agreed to get help at an Arizona clinic after spending the Christmas holiday with friends. According to the National Enquirer, Woods’ decision to get therapy is part of a deal struck with his wife Nordegren to persuade her not to dump him. According to a source, “Elin gave Tiger an ultimatum, seek treatment or forget all about winning her back.”
To prove he is committed in repairing their relationship, Woods has quit the PGA Tour, but Elin wants more. She has requested that they relocate the family to Sweden and has asked Woods to fire key members of his entourage to make a clean start.
There is a bright side to all the negative press that has been circulating around Woods. He was recently voted the PGA Tour player of the year. The award is voted on by fellow players and is the 10th time in his 13 years on tour that he has won the award.
As for sponsor related news, the Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer, is keeping Woods as a spokesperson, but downsizing his use of image. The company, which had previously said it was dropping Woods, posted a photo on their website, tagging it with a message: “the partnership with Tiger Woods will continue…but we will downscale the use of his image in certain markets for a period of time, depending on his decision about returning to professional golf.”
When the New Year begins, hopefully we will be hearing less about the Woods scandal and more about his golf career.