Tiger Woods’ P.R. People Are Geniuses

Not long after I pondered the question why a photo of Tiger Woods would sell for half a million dollars, one popped up courtesy of the National Enquirer. Although it’s low quality and grainy, the photo certainly appears to feature Tiger holding a cup of coffee or tea. Tiger’s heavily stacked P.R. staff flipped out following the release of the photo that was nicknamed “Bigfoot” because it was not the first image of Tiger they wanted the world to see. Tiger’s handlers supposedly wanted to carefully rebuild his image by releasing a happy photo of him with his family. Bigfoot was the last thing they wanted. So what did they do about it? They planted a Tiger look-a-like in front of the paparazzi in Hattiesburg to try and create some doubt:

I really have to give Tiger’s P.R. people tons of credit for coming up with this idea. They know how dumb Americans can be and they know the gullible folks will buy the story that it was really just a guy who looks like Tiger that happens to be at a sex rehab clinic in Hattiesburg. I can’t believe how smart they are and how dumb people are if they buy the story. I guess this is exactly for what Tiger pays the big bucks.

Did Rachel Uchitel Get Hush Money or Is She Sick of her 15 Minutes of Fame?

A major surprise developed in the Tiger Woods affair saga on Thursday when his first noted mistress, Rachel Uchitel, decided not to hold a press conference to divulge information about their relationship. I honestly thought she had held the conference to begin with because she wanted to capitalize on her fame. Now it appears as if the conference was canceled for the exact opposite reason — she wants to disappear. We’ll let the almighty TMZ take it away:

Sources say … Rachel decided not to come out fighting at a news conference. She walked away without taking a cent from Tiger Woods. One very connected source said, “This was absolutely not about money.”

Sources say Rachel became “scared for her safety” because she knows so much about Tiger, his alleged affairs and a variety of other Woods matters. We’re told Tiger confided in Rachel … she knows specifics about “other women,” as well as information about Tiger’s marriage.

Considering her reputation as a “partygirl” which to me is a euphemism for upscale hooker, I guess it makes sense that she’s not releasing private information about Tiger the way Jamie Grubbs did. Given the reports that Uchitel’s hooked up with both A-Rod and Jeter, she could severely limit her future earning power by hanging Tiger out to dry. Also, because Tiger already apologized for his “transgressions” on Wednesday, Uchitel would not have been blowing the lid off anything new so there really wasn’t much of a point to her confirming what Tiger’s already confirmed. For Uchitel, the best strategy is to disappear for a while and hope her “partygirl” business picks up before long. Secrecy and discretion is a premium in her line of work.


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Tiger Woods Admits Cheating, Affair in Apology on Website

After playing the deny, “nothing to see here” game for nearly a week while girls continued to come out of the woodwork to share their details of affairs, Tiger Woods finally came clean on his website Wednesday morning (somewhat). Tiger specifically admitted to “transgressions” and “personal sins,” though they were careful not to use the buzz words “cheating” or “affair.” Here’s a few pieces of the apology:

I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart. I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect. I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone.

Woods essentially asked people to respect the privacy of his family regarding the issue and understand that things won’t be played out in public. With the tabloids hammering him constantly, it was about time that he struck on the issue and made a move. I believe it was the right one — he admitted he has made mistakes but asked them to remain private issues. That’s exactly how it should have been played. The National Enquirer blew the cover off the story and once that happened, it was necessary for Tiger to act. He finally did, and now we should respect his family’s privacy. Problem is most of the media and many fans won’t let this rest. People love to see failure and public beatings.


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Tiger Woods Beat Up, Hit and Bloodied by Wife Elin Nordegren?

The events of Thanksgiving week have to be amongst the worst in Tiger Woods’ life. On Wednesday the National Enquirer said that Tiger Woods had a mistress/hooker on the side, Rachel Uchitel, whom he flew to various locations around the world, ostensibly for sex. Since the evidence against him from the Enquirer seemed to be pretty strong, he must have had a tough time answering questions from his wife Elin Nordegren. While Woods’ camp may have been tight-lipped about a “car accident” he was involved in nearby his house early Friday morning, the latest report from TMZ seems to make by far the most sense:

[Tiger] said his wife had confronted him about reports that he was seeing another woman. The argument got heated and, according to our source, she scratched his face up. We’re told it was then Woods beat a hasty retreat for his SUV — but according to our source, Woods says his wife followed behind with a golf club. As Tiger drove away, she struck the vehicle several times with the club.

We’re told Woods became “distracted,” thought the vehicle was stopped, and looked to see what had happened. At that point the SUV hit the fire hydrant and then hit a tree.

Now this fills in every blank and hole in the story that existed prior to the report. Namely, how did Tiger have cuts all around his face and bleeding in his mouth from a low-speed collision with a fire hydrant? Additionally, why did Elin break the back door of the car with a golf club? It also explains why Tiger’s driving was so out of control despite not being drunk. This story seems to confirm the rumor of Tiger’s affair and makes you wonder about the status of his family (e.g. will Elin take him back?). It also marks the first chink in the perfect image Tiger’s created throughout his career. Now here’s where the tough question comes in: how will he be accepted by the public after this incident? Steve McNair was vilified by many for cheating on his wife while others decided to care strictly about his on-field accomplishments. How will you choose to view Tiger from now on?


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Video: Y.E. Yang Clutch Eagle on 14 to Win PGA Championship

You heard all the headlines: Tiger Woods is unbeatable when leading a major after 54 holes. Start engraving his name in the Wanamaker trophy already — no point letting things play out because Tiger wins and everyone else folds. Not the case on Sunday with Y.E. Yang, who actually had the balls to step up and challenge Woods, despite being down by two strokes entering Sunday. If there was a turning point that helped Yang win the PGA Championship, it was this eagle on 14:

Man, he nailed that chip in the clutch and that eagle made him -8 for the tournament, a stroke up on Tiger Woods. Yang didn’t fold over the next four holes, and he didn’t fold after missing a putt on 17 that could have given him a two-shot lead. The best part is someone stood up to Woods and won a major going heads-up against him. I can only hope this gives other golfers confidence entering future tournaments knowing Woods is mortal. As for Tiger, putting was his problem the entire round. He’ll definitely be back.

Video: Sergio Garcia Hits Man in Head with Drive at Bridgestone

First it was Anthony Kim hitting a spectator in the butt on a drive at AT&T National a month ago. This time it was Sergio Garcia nailing a dude in the gallery in the head with one of his drives that hooked slightly to the left. Check it out:

Straight in the coconut! That had to have hurt. Oh yeah, nice to the see the members of the gallery paying attention at all times.

Padraig Harrington Tinkers with Happy Gilmore Swing, Proves to Work

There’s a cool video making its way around the sports blogosphere and it features Padraig Harrington trying out the Happy Gilmore swing to see how it works. It’s another excellent video put together by the people at FSN’s Sport Science and though it’s long, it’s worth it. Sport Science also had the breakdown of the fastest release shot by Jason Kapono that we posted here not long ago.

In case you don’t have the time to watch it, Padraig averaged an extra 30 yards per drive with the Gilmore swing thanks to the run up that created a faster swinging speed. I doubt that any golfer will have the balls to use this method in actual tournament play, but maybe it’s worth a shot for someone looking to gain an edge. Thanks to Yahoo!’s Devil Ball Golf for the video.