Tiger not out of the Woods

2010-04-10 19:54
Tiger Woods (File)
Augusta - Tiger Woods has set aside the sex scandal that devastated his life to contend for his 15th major title at the Masters, but the firestorm continued to swirl despite his magical shot-making.

Woods, a married father of two, made his comeback from a five-month layoff at the Masters after admitting adultery with multiple mistresses, leaving him a humiliated laughing stock who was deserted by most of his corporate sponsors.

Golf has provided Woods some relief. He was warmly received by spectators and began Saturday's third round only two strokes off the lead in a share of third place, having said he never saw taunting signs pulled behind airplanes.

But just down the street from Augusta National Golf Club at the supermarket checkout aisle, the tawdry tale of Woods' having sex with the girl next door - a 22-year-old neighbour's daughter - is front-page tabloid news.

Raychel Coudriet told the National Enquirer she had sex with Woods on a couch near a crib for his son Charlie last year at an office near his home, Woods having propositioned a woman he met when she was only 14 in his car with wife Elin and his kids nearby.

And just a two hours' drive away in Atlanta, pornographic film star Joslyn James - one of about 15 women claiming a sexual relationship with Woods - conducts a strip club show at the Pink Pony.

As the New York Daily News reported on Saturday, the show comes complete with James removing a green jacket similar to the one given to every Masters winner, revealing her clad beneath only in lacy black lingerie.

"He shouldn't have rushed back to play," James told the newspaper. "He uses these tournaments to go around being a philanderer. He should stay home and repair his relationship with his wife.

"He hurt me terribly but I don't wish him ill. I just wish he would tell the truth and be the kind of man his mother and father raised him to be."

James claims Woods is lying when he says he alone was responsible for his affairs, saying she had dinner at the home of Woods pal and business partner Bryon Bell and Woods' buddy Jerry Chang.

"He didn't hide me from them," James said. "They say they haven't met me or maybe met me. I guess when Bryon had dinner with me at Tiger's house in Vegas I was invisible."

Internet celebrity website reports claimed e-mails and receipts that had Bell setting up travel and lodging plans for Rachel Uchitel, the showclub hostess whose initial reported affair with Woods touched off the firestorm.

James also dubbed "kind of creepy" the new Nike commercial with a grim-faced Woods staring at the camera while his late father Earl's voice asks what he was thinking and what had he learned.

Woods said he was pleased his father's words could come back and help him even after his death and anyone who had lost a father would understand.

The New York Times reported on Saturday that the comments of Earl Woods used in the advertisement were taken from a Tiger Woods DVD collection.

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