Tiger Woods' British mistress pretended she was having golf lessons from 'Jose' to keep their 18-month fling secret
25th January 2010
The British mother-of-two named as Tiger Woods' latest mistress concocted a story that she was having golf lessons to maintain their affair.
Emma Rotherham, a 42-year-old living near the shamed World No.1 golfer in Isleworth, Florida, invented the story to tell friends and family.
She claimed to be receiving tuition from an instructor called Jose, whereas she was in fact racing to Woods' office in Windermere for sex sessions.
It emerged yesterday that Miss Rotherham was paid more than $500,000 (£300,000) in hush money to keep quiet about their affair.
She is said to have gone 'absolutely ballistic' after details of the 18-month fling emerged at the weekend.
She had signed a confidentiality agreement after a member of the golfer's security team handed her a sports bag stuffed with half-a-million dollars in $100 bills
Now she fears she will be liable for tax in the U.S. over the alleged pay-off.
Miss Rotherham is understood to have visited Woods once a week. She believed at the time that she was his only mistress, although it now appears she was just one of a dirty dozen.
A source told The Sun: 'She'd tell family and friends she was going for golf lessons with Jose and his named was saved on her phone under that name.'
But she is said to have refused to hand over her mobile phone containing incriminating evidence.
A source told the News of the World: 'Emma was his most recent mistress. They had a very, very passionate relationship and she has dozens of text messages and emails from him.
'Some were even sent while Tiger was trying to patch things up with his wife. If those came out, they'd bury him.'
Miss Rotherham, whose family live in Brighton, yesterday refused to answer her phone or the door of her home in Celebration, Florid, after news of the affair broke.
Friends said the blonde never made any secret of her affair with Woods, 34, and it caused the break-up of a year-long relationship with her boyfriend.
A friend said: 'He knew she was seeing Tiger and did not approve. He asked Emma to stop seeing him, but she refused so they split up.
'Emma never tried to hide that she was Tiger's mistress and almost wore it as a badge of honour.
'All of her friends knew that she was seeing him, but agreed not to say anything as everyone looked up to Tiger.'
When other women - including nightclub promoter Rachel Uchitel and porn star Holly Sampson - emerged with their own tawdry claims, Miss Rotherham sent the golfer a text but he is said to have told her not to contact him as his 30-year-old Swedish wife, Elin Nordegren, was 'going through everything'.
Miss Rotherham is said to have met him in Orlando's Blue Martini nightclub in May 2008. A source told the News of the World: 'Tiger couldn't keep his eyes of her. You could see he was making a play for her.
'Emma speaks very well with a posh English accent and Tiger loved it. He thought she sounded classy and sexy.'
Woods was so smitten he became jealous of other men chatting her up - even suggesting she wear a wedding ring to put them off.
Miss Rotherham has two daughters aged 16 and 25 and moved to the U.S. four years ago after her youngest child finished primary school in London. She is a regular on the Florida singles scene.
One ex-boyfriend said: 'Emma is up for a good time. She is very flirtatious and knows how to enjoy herself. 'At a bar Emma, would hardly ever have to buy a drink as there would always be some guy willing to foot the bill for her Martinis. She knows how to get what she wants.'
Meanwhile, it was reported that Woods has been losing around £62,000 a day in commercial deals since the scandal broke in November.