Angry wife forces Tiger into woods over adultery suspicion with 'The Other Woman' hunting married men
29 November 2009
For the first time since he took the golfing world by storm, the Tiger is in the woods. Not because of his swing but over his allegedly swinging ways.
Friday's late-night car crash outside Wood's swank Florida home left the world's No 1 golfer unconscious but also triggered speculation it was the result of a domestic row over an alleged affair with Manhattan nightclub hostess Rachel Uchitel.
Celebrity website TMZ, which had broken the news of Michael Jackson's death, said the allegations led to a row between Woods and his wife Erin Nordegren. She allegedly scratched his face and followed him with a golf club as he "beat a hasty retreat" to his Cadillac.
As Woods tried to drive away, Nordegren hit the vehicle with the club, distracting the winner of 14 golf Majors and causing him to crash into a fire hydrant, then a tree, just metres from their 2.4-million-dollar mansion.
Nordegren's version goes that she rushed to rescue her husband from the wreckage after she heard sounds of the crash. She claimed she used a golf club to smash the car window.
Uchitel, 34, is a New York party planner with a reputation for dating married celebs. She lost her fiancee in the 9/11 attacks. But the hostess with the sexy pout has denied a relationship with Woods. "God forbid Tiger got into a car wreck because of this false report of him having an affair," she said.
The crash at 2.25 the morning after Thanksgiving, followed the National Enquirer report claiming that the 33-year-old Woods cheated on his wife during the recent Australian Masters in Melbourne.
Meanwhile, the investigation into the car accident has been "delayed" as the golf superstar is yet to make himself available for an interview by the police, which are trying to figure out how his Cadillac SUV crashed near his house in Windmere, Florida.
Florida Highway Patrol said they were informed by Woods' agent that the golfer and his wife, Elin Nordegren, were not available for an interview on Saturday.
The patrol said Woods' wife had told investigators that her husband was sleeping when they came to their house a day before on Friday.
Sergeant Kim Montes, the spokeswoman for patrol, said "it is unusual that we haven't gotten a statement. This just delays us to getting closer to completion of the investigation."
The champion golfer drove his 2009 Cadillac Escalade into a fire hydrant in front of his USD 2.4 million mansion and then into a tree in a neighbour's lawn in the wee hours on Friday.
Montes said, "We are currently investigating a traffic crash. We will not be addressing any rumours or other scenarios. If our investigation takes us in a different direction, we will let the media know."
Montes said Woods' Cadillac Escalade was not impounded, but taken to an undisclosed tow yard. She said the front and right of the SUV was damaged, and that both rear passenger windows were busted out.
"We still are going to move forward with our crash investigation," Montes said.
The tapes of emergency phone calls made after the crash could be released soon.
Earlier, the police issued a statement that "the crash remains under investigation and charges are pending."
It has been established that Woods' wife broke the rear window of this car with a golf club to get him out of the SUV at 2.25 am.
"It was her husband laying on the ground," said, Daniel Saylor, Windmere police chief, describing his wife as "frantic and upset."
The cops arrived to find Woods lying in the street slipping in and out of consciousness with his wife hovering over him.
Woods was taken to the Health Central Hospital in Ocoee where he was released on Friday morning in good condition, according to his spokesman, Glenn Greenspan. His website reported the incident as a "minor accident."
The police said he suffered lacerations to his upper and lower lips and was bleeding from mouth when they arrived.
Still to be known is where Woods was going in the wee hours of the morning. The police have ruled out alcohol as a factor in the crash but said charges could still be filed.
The Orlando Sentinel reported on its Web site yesterday that the Highway Patrol said Woods' Escalade received USD 5,000 to 8,000 worth of damage.
Woods, a 14-time major winner, was scheduled to play his last tournament of the year at the Chevron World Challenge at Thousand Oaks, California, next week. He hosts the event annually to benefit his charitable foundation.
He was scheduled to hold a news conference on Tuesday in California. But it was not clear if he would still play, or even attend the news conference.
The accident came after stories appeared in the media that Woods had been seeing a New York night club hostess, and that they recently were together in Melbourne, where Woods competed in the Australian Masters.
The woman, Rachel Uchitel, has categorically denied having an affair with Woods, claiming the reports have tarnished her reputation.