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Could Tiger Woods Actually Be ‘Hurting’ for Money?

Only 24 hours after we revealed to you that Elin Noodegren may have a new boyfriend that is swimming in money, could it really be true that Tiger Woods is struggling financially?  No way, right?  This is the guy that is atop the list of wealthiest athletes year in and year out.  Even after his infamous sex scandal, Tiger was still pulling in more money in an endorsements in a single year than most of us sports bloggers combined will earn in a lifetime.  Nevertheless, the rumors are out there.

According to NESN.com, Daniel Roberts of Fortune recently indicated that Tiger’s divorce and decreased marketability could have him in a bit over his head.

“Now he may actually be hurting for funds,” Roberts said. “At the very least, there are signs that he isn’t generating enough to comfortably his costs.”

Naturally, Woods’ agent denied that there are any problems with money.  Let’s keep this in perspective: being able to cover costs and hurting for money are two different concepts.  The worst case scenario for Tiger is he would have to sell off some assets and cut down on his “debt.”  He would still be a lot more wealthy than we are, but the point is the demise of Tiger’s public image could be catching up to him.  You didn’t really think he would do a commercial like this simply because he felt like it, did you?

Elin Nordegren’s New Boyfriend Reportedly Is Billionaire Heir Jamie Dingman

You didn’t really think Elin Nordegren would remain down after Tiger Woods’ sex scandal was revealed, did you? I mean, you don’t land Tiger Woods in the first place by being ugly, so it’s no surprise that Elin has taken up with another wealthy man.

According to the New York Post via FOXSports.com, Elin is dating investor Jamie Dingman. Dingman is the son of billionaire Michael Dingman, and he’s known for playing around with his father’s money. He’s also reportedly dated Bridget Moynahan, who is Tom Brady’s ex.

The Post writes “He’s never been so happy. He and Elin have strong feelings for each other,” a friend said. “He’s a classic all-American guy. He’s handsome, a total gentleman and low-key. He’s never been in the press. Elin’s a very lucky girl; he’s a great guy but very private.”

They say the couple has recently spent time in Florida and Sweden. Oh yeah, and Dingman does not play golf, which is a good thing given what Elin can do with a nine iron (allegedly).

In case you forgot how attractive Elin is, here are some pictures to remind you.

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Tiger Woods Featured in Japanese Heat Rub Commercial (Video)

Once upon a time, Tiger Woods was a great pitchman.  He may never have been as good as the goofballs of the world like Greg Oden, but his popularity made him a heck of a salesman.  Then a certain sex scandal arose and most companies wanted nothing to do with Tiger.  Sponsors dropped the world’s greatest golfer as though the well-being of their businesses depended on it.  As it turns out, he’s still huge in Japan — no pun intended.  Check out the Tiger Woods Japanese heat rub commercial:

I can think of a lot of other things that have to do with heat and rubbing that Tiger would probably make a better pitchman for, but that’s neither here nor there.  The fact that he has become such an off-limits marketing tool in the U.S. makes this commercial 100 times funnier than it normally would be.  Does this heat rub ad mean he’s more versatile than the great Peyton Manning?  It’s definitely up there with this Aroldis Chapman commercial, but nowhere near as hilarious as Danilo Gallinari’s commercial which could be the funniest marketing campaign we’ve ever seen.  Could Tiger be on his way to a Michael Vick-like comeback in the coming months?  Time will tell.

H/T to Black Sports Online

Bubba Watson: Tiger Going the Wrong Way

In a relatively short period of time, Tiger Woods has gone from the most feared golfer on tour to just an ordinary player. Bubba Watson meanwhile has gone in the opposite direction. Watson won in New Orleans last week in a playoff giving him his second win of the year. He’s arguably the best American golfer at the moment, and he decided to dispense some advice for Tiger:

‘I’ll just go ahead and say it. I think Tiger’s going the wrong way,” Watson said. ”I think he’s so mental right now with his swing. Just go ahead and play golf. He used to hit shots, he used to bomb it, he used to do all that stuff. Sometimes I think a lot of the great players, they get too wrapped up in the mental part. When you start talk about other people trying to help you with your swing, look at this, look at that, I think they take a step back.”

So Watson thinks it’s all mental for Tiger and many other golfers when they get too caught up in their swing. Well of course it is. The problem is when things aren’t going well, the tendency is to analyze things to figure out what’s going wrong. The advice from Bubba may be right, but it’s so much easier said than done. As for Tiger, he isn’t as badly off as Bubba makes it out to be. Tiger was making quite a move at the Master’s before Schwartzel took over. In six events this year he’s had three Top 10s. It’s not Tiger good, but it’s not awful.

Alyse Lahti Johnson Used to Make Tiger Woods Crayon Drawings?

We already knew that Tiger Woods had a couple of creepasaurus bones in his body, but this latest development is disgusting enough to make me hurl. Last week we told you about Alyse Lahti Johnson, the 22-year-old gossip outlets were calling Tiger’s new girlfriend. We said she’s probably messing around with Tiger but not actually his girlfriend. Seriously, you really think Tiger is monogamous? That’s a bigger joke than this embarrassing mugshot.

Anyhow, getting back to the creepy aspects of this hookup for Tiger, it’s bad enough that he is nailing a 22-year-old girl who also is a former neighbor. What makes it even more disgusting is that apparently Tiger has known her for quite some time to the point that The Daily Mail says Johnson “drew the golfing star crayon drawings before his tournaments to wish him luck.”

Gross.

This dude should be ashamed of himself if that is the case. The whole scenario kinda reminds me of the scene from About a Boy when Hugh Grant is asked to be the Godfather of his friends’ new child. He says he’s a terrible choice because he’ll forget all her birthdays until her 18th when he’ll take her out, get her drunk, and let’s face it, probably try to shag her. Yup, that’s who Tiger is. The Godfather who will take your kid out and try to shag her. C’mon man.

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Alyse Lahti Johnson Is Tiger Woods’ New Girlfriend? We Doubt it

It really is funny the way stories can run their course depending on how publishing outlets present them. For instance, all it takes is one sports site to throw out a blurb on Tiger having a “new girlfriend” and then all the other gossip sites jump on it. The original report says 22-year-old Alyse Lanti Johnson, who attends Northwood University and appeared to have played volleyball at the University of New Hampshire, has been dating Tiger for a few months. None of their information indicates that is Tiger’s girlfriend, and from what we know about the man, he’d be extremely unlikely to have an exclusive girlfriend. Plus, their info alone says the two are only dating.

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On top of that, a nugget from Radar Online denies that Johnson and Tiger are dating. They write that Alyse “sent a BBM to a mutual friend … saying she didn’t consider herself Tiger’s girlfriend. They were just having a good time hooking up.” That’s about what I would expect.

So Tiger getting with some 22-year-old girl means that’s his girlfriend? Not in my book. Now if we’re going to start playing the game of naming everyone he’s photographed with as his girlfriend, then I’m not really interested in playing. After all, if we qualified anyone who had a fling with Tiger as his girlfriend, we’d have to include this long list too:

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Pictures of Tiger Woods’ Deserted Golf Course in Dubai

Tiger Woods’ name was supposed to back a golf course in Dubai that he was designing, but the project has been put on hold because of the global economic recession. Six holes were completed (as you can kind of tell in the pictures), and you can really get to see how incredible of an accomplishment it is to build a course in the middle of the desert.

The estate was to house a $1 billion golf course, surrounded by a complex of 100 villas, 75 mansions, 22 palaces, a boutique hotel, a golf academy and 30,000 full-grown imported trees.” Lofty aspirations, but I would also like a platinum coated toilet and a bidet that sprays Evian water. It just isn’t happening. Hopefully they’ve realized how absurd a billion dollar golf facility in Dubai is. Not even oil can back that.

Photos Courtesy Golf Digest