The story of Tiger Woods is a story which showcases the sleazy side of War (Intoxication & Intercourse breaks). The Booming Sex industries (in Bangkok, etc) in the aftermath of War postings by American soldiers left behind a legacy of Fornication, adultery, cheating on spouses for generations to come.
Did his father's tangled sex life make Tiger Woods a love cheat?
19th December 2009
Relaxing with a glass of rum in one hand and a cigarette in the other, Earl Woods liked to tell how his son was named after a Vietnamese colonel called Tiger Phong.
While on patrol in a paddy field, Woods and Phong were pinned down by enemy fire. Woods was convinced he was about to die.
But Tiger remained calm and pulled the stricken American to safety - moments before sniper bullets raked the very spot where he had lain.
Years later, Earl called his baby son ‘Tiger’ - though he had been christened Eldrick - in honour of the man who had saved his life.
He loved to describe how his son was named, but he was less keen to talk about what happened during his second tour of Vietnam in 1967, when he was in charge of R&R - rest and relaxation - in Thailand.
Bangkok was a favoured destination for troops for one simple reason: girls. And as he had done throughout his military career, Earl made a point of being close to the action.
U.S. Defence Secretary Robert McNamara had decided that U.S. soldiers should have limitless access to sex in order to ease the horrors of war. Brothels were established in Bangkok with Thai entrepreneurs paid by U.S. officials.
Dubbed ‘I & I’ breaks - intercourse and intoxication - Woods’ job was to ensure the soldiers had a good time. Despite his officer status, he found it difficult to resist temptation.
Indeed, he found a Thai girl of his own - despite the fact he had a wife, Barbara, back home.
The woman was Kukilda, Earl’s secretary. While most Americans went home to their families, Earl decided to divorce Barbara and marry Kukilda - though, in time, she, too, would find herself betrayed repeatedly.
He would later dismiss his first wife and family - he had three children with Barbara - as a ‘trial run’ for the real job of bringing up Tiger, his only child from his marriage to Kukilda.
In court papers, Barbara complains Earl treated her ‘with extreme cruelty’ and inflicted on her ‘grievous mental suffering during their marriage’.
She elaborated saying: ‘I don’t have my doubts there were others.’
Barbara learned her husband wanted a divorce when one of his army friends arrived at the Woods’ family home. ‘The guy held Barbara’s hand and then started pulling legal separation papers out of his attache case,’ says a friend.
‘She was devastated. She hoped she could save the marriage, but there was already another woman in the picture and she didn’t stand a chance.’
Of course, all this happened a long time ago, but the secret lives and loves of Earl Woods are of profound interest to psychiatrists hoping to save Tiger from self-destructing, following too much of his own ‘I & I’.
Like his father, Tiger seems to have believed women are for ‘rest and recreation’ - a sordid escape from the pressure of life as the world’s best-known sports star.
But such is the power of the Woods ‘brand’ - complete with lawyers to quash negative stories - that only now are the full details of both men’s double lives starting to emerge. And how.
One of the most shocking revelations was that Tiger was having sex with a cocktail waitress when he received the news of his father’s death.
This from a man who used to complain to his first girlfriend that his father was always with ‘other women’.
He no longer has his father to turn to - doubtless, he would have advised what to do in the event of his recent calamities.
Since Tiger’s birth, Earl had prepared him for every eventuality - believing he was special after he copied his father hitting a golf ball at the age of two.
Aged three, Tiger appeared on prime-time U.S. TV to show off his skill with a golf club. At five, he was on ABC’s That’s Incredible.
Infamously, Earl used to try to put Tiger off when he was playing, saying this was ‘psychological training’ for the hardships he’d endure once he was famous.
Tiger grew up believing he was destined for greatness. Before he even turned professional, his father predicted: ‘He will transcend this game and bring to the world a humanitarianism, which has never been known before.
‘The world will be a better place to live in by virtue of his existence and his presence.’
And yet it’s not his humanitarianism, but his sexual behaviour that is under scrutiny - and will be questioned by psychologists when he enters rehab in Arizona in the New Year, to be treated for multiple addictions.
Father and son liked a drink - as well as a fondness for sex outside marriage - but Tiger is also to be treated for his addiction to sleeping pills and painkillers.
He uses Vidocin, a powerful, highly addictive prescription-only painkiller, which mimics the effects of morphine.
The U.S. is debating banning the drug, which is often used with marijuana and cocaine to create feelings of euphoria. It also boosts male sex drive.
He also takes Ambien, a sleeping pill used to ‘come down’ after taking illegal substances. It, too, can increase libido.
So are Tiger’s infidelities the result of drugs, money and fame? Or, as some U.S. commentators have noted, is it more the case that ‘an apple rarely falls far from the tree’?
Has Tiger’s serial adultery resulted from a genetic predilection for straying or has he merely been copying the philandering blueprint set by his father?
‘It’s all about ego,’ says one psychologist. ‘He’d been brought up to believe he was special. It’s a classic sign of addiction - the belief you can do anything and get away with it.’
Others are sceptical, saying the reason he had affairs was because he travelled a lot - and had countless opportunities.
Perhaps the final word on the sorry saga should go to Barbara Woods. She has no pity - or time for psycho-babble.
‘He made his bed,’ she says of Tiger. ‘Now he has to sleep in it.’