Tiger Woods was once golf’s golden boy: he was a champion and a family man with a gorgeous wife and two beautiful children. However, Woods’ perfect facade shattered after a series of scandals, ranging from marital infidelity to an arrest. Here is the shady side of Tiger Woods.
He got a DUI
Tiger Woods was arrested on a DUI charge early in the morning on May 29, 2017, in Jupiter, Fla. A police report obtained by ESPN said Woods, 41, “had extremely slow and slurred speech” and claimed he was traveling from Los Angeles to Orange County, Calif., despite being in Florida at the time of his arrest. The report also alleged Woods was asleep at the wheel of his running vehicle when he was pulled over, but that he was as “cooperative as possible.”
Woods took a urine and a Breathalyzer test, blowing a 0.00 on the latter. It corroborated his statement from Tuesday, in which he said, “I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.”
Woods announced earlier in May 2017 that he’d recently undergone a fourth back surgery since 2014; at the time of his arrest, he admitted he’d taken several prescription medications, including two painkillers, before the incident.
CNN reported that Woods’ 2015 Mercedes-Benz showed signs of “fresh damage” before he was pulled over, including damage on the rims and flat rear and front driver’s side tires, indicating that he may have had trouble behind the wheel before getting stopped by police.
He allegedly got busted cheating on his wife…
In November 2009, Woods crashed his Escalade, hitting a curb and a fire hydrant and running over shrubs in his Windermere, Fla. neighborhood. Oh, and his windows had been smashed out by golf clubs. The New York Post reported that Woods’ wife, Elin Nordegren, had discovered text messages from multiple women on his cell phone not long after the National Enquirer ran a story about Woods allegedly cheating on her.
Nordegren reportedly told police that she had used the golf clubs to bust the windows to help him get out of the crashed car. However, cops were skeptical. He was issued a $164 ticket for reckless driving, but his and Nordegren’s humiliation was just beginning. A source close to the golf pro told the New York Daily News, “He got careless. He’s been doing this for years. He wanted to run with the big dogs. He saw all the action that Michael Jordan was getting on the side. But even Michael forgot you have to be discreet. You can’t rub your wife’s face in it.”
Thus began a series of seemingly endless reports on Woods’ alleged infidelities.
…with a hostess
Woods’ affair with Rachel Uchitel was allegedly his most consistent. The New York Post reported that one of the texts Nordegren discovered on Woods’ phone was from Uchitel. Uchitel initially denied hooking up with the golf star, but later hired celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred and scheduled a press conference, which many believed would feature her coming clean about the supposed affair. When the press conference was suddenly cancelled, it was rumored that Woods paid Uchitel $10 million in hush money to keep mum about the relationship.
…with a waitress
Mindy Lawton, a waitress at a Perkins restaurant near Woods’ Florida home, told News of the World (via People) that she and Woods’ affair was almost exposed in 2007, at which point Woods dumped her. Lawton claimed to have hooked up with Woods in the home he and Nordegren shared.
…with a nightclub manager
Woods was accused of hooking up with nightclub marketing manager Kalika Moquin several times in Las Vegas. Moquin would neither confirm or deny the allegations.
…with an engaged woman
The Mirror reported that Jamie Jungers, a nightclub promoter, hooked up with Woods in Las Vegas in July 2005, just months after he and Nordegren tied the knot. Jungers was reportedly engaged to a businessman named Derek Schmidt when she and Woods began sleeping together, and Schmidt apparently had no qualms about selling her out when the cheating scandal broke.
“I was a massive Tiger fan. I had Tiger Woods memorabilia all over my house and even collected Tiger Woods videos,” Schmidt told the Mirror. “On the night Jamie met him for the first time, I had just bought the new Tiger Woods computer game. The following morning she told me she had met Tiger Woods and he gave her his number—and like an idiot I got really excited about it… I knew that he called her whenever he came to Las Vegas, but she insisted that nothing was going on.”
Sweet summer child Schmidt added, “I was surprised because I knew he was married and I didn’t think he was that type of guy. But I trusted Jamie. We had been engaged for over a year then—having first started dating in 2002—and were head over heels in love… Now I feel like a total idiot.”
…with a random cougar
The Sun (via People) reported that Woods allegedly hooked up with an unidentified cougar in Florida several times, usually in his office. He and the anonymous woman reportedly met at the Blue Martini bar in Orlando, Fla. According to TMZ, Woods frequented the watering hole and another bar called 23 so much that 23 named one of its private suites “Tiger’s Room.”
He asked his wife to help save his image
After the cheating scandal broke, Nordegren and Woods were still at odds, but he reportedly requested she play nice at the behest of his sponsors.
A source told People, “I call them the divorced married couple. Elin knows Tiger has issues and is afraid to go near him romantically. Because of the children and his need to return to golf, she will try to live in the house with a wall between them.”
The source continued, “The marriage is all smoke and mirrors, but Elin will help Tiger rebuild his image and gain new sponsorships because this is what his life is all about. She is doing this more for the kids and holding the family together then anything else… What is really between them is of no interest to golf sponsors. The world’s perception of them as the perfect family is what they like to see.”
The forgiving veneer didn’t last long: Nordegren filed for divorce and reportedly received a $110 million payout from Woods—close to one sixth of the golfer’s net worth.