Huge crowds are turning out to watch him play, fuelling claims that the golf world has forgiven its fallen prince. Could we be about to witness a great sporting comeback? Certainly not if a searing new biography has any influence. Written by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian, it leaves no doubt that the humbling of Tiger was royally deserved. His dysfunctional, controlling parents deserve some of the blame, but Woods emerges as a sociopathic narcissist.
Tiger denied media claims of an affair with Rachel Uchitel pictured , a New York nightclub hostess, but she was just the tip of the iceberg of his affairs Hardly surprising, then, that so many women were ready to stick the knife in when he was exposed as a philanderer. His domineering father, retired army lieutenant-colonel Earl Woods, not only instilled in Tiger a ruthless determination to win at golf, but also appeared to pass on his weakness for womanising.
The house in California had cupboards and drawers overflowing with sex toys, while pornography played continually on the TV. But by the time he was 12, the authors estimate he had devoted 10, hours to either playing or studying golf.
One exception was a pretty, blue-eyed blonde named Dina Gravell, who, when they were 16, became his first girlfriend. But after his parents split up that year and Woods became more independent, he grew paranoid that everyone was trying to exploit him.
He once confided to a friend that he took up diving because it was only down on the ocean floor that he could feel at peace. He ruthlessly treated everyone outside his family as dispensable. Notoriously tight-fisted, Woods never dreamt of tipping and expected others to pay his way. Although he never had black girlfriends, Woods knew being seen as a young black man conquering the snobby white world of golf was crucial to his public image.
Tiger Woods is seen handcuffed and searched by police officers in this still image from police dashcam video in Jupiter, Florida, U. From to Woods had another girlfriend — also blonde — whom he again kept out of the limelight. But as women flung themselves at Woods in increasing numbers and he became more confident at dealing with them, his taste in them was changing.
Woods started going regularly to Las Vegas. He could stay for days with nobody outside knowing he was there, while wine, food and women could be delivered with full discretion. His fans never got to hear about his personal failings. Woods was too controlled to let the golf groupies break his concentration during games — even when a naked lap-dancer ran onto the 18th green in front of him at the British Open in Yet, even while he was oozing charm as he wooed the woman who would become his wife, Woods was playing the field in Las Vegas like a randy bull.
He frequented Light, a famously debauched nightclub where celebrities could pick out attractive women and have them summoned to their VIP table. One night, the book relates, Woods and another famous sportsman picked up two girls at Light and took them back to a hotel, where they all stripped and slipped into a hot tub.
Woods managed to keep his secret Las Vegas life hidden from Ms Nordegren, whom he married in Barbados in Less than two years later he met Jamie Jungers, a part-time lingerie model, at Light and they started an month affair.
Woods gave her his mobile number and told her to store it under a different name. He used an old schoolfriend as a go-between to fix their assignations. On the night his father died of kidney failure in California in , Woods was just a few miles away at his luxury flat, where he spent the night in the arms of Ms Jungers. Although Tiger and his family flew out with his mother to the funeral in Kansas, to this day no headstone marks the grave.
Tiger always called ahead when he was due to arrive, so the women could clear up. He hardly needed to be coy, as his own private life was just as unedifying.
He trawled the nightclubs and casinos not only of Las Vegas, but also New York and Orlando for sexual conquests. Most of those conquered were young and impressionable, but in he was far more impressed when he met Rachel Uchitel, a year-old Manhattan socialite. Their affair, largely conducted in a flat near the Woods family home, was exposed in the supermarket tabloid National Enquirer. It was claimed that Woods later confessed in a sex addiction clinic to cheating with women. Tiger Woods seems to be in a class of his own.