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Tiger Woods gets fans buzzing with video on Twitter

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods has been working his way back from serious injuries that he suffered in a car accident earlier this year, and he hit another huge milestone recently.

Woods shared a video on Sunday that showed him hitting balls on the driving range. He had some sort of brace or sleeve on his right leg, but his swing looked as smooth as ever.

A photo of Woods surfaced last month that showed him on a golf course with a club in his hand, but this is the first time we have seen him hitting balls since the accident.

Tiger suffered multiple leg fractures in his February crash. There were questions about whether he would ever play again, but he seems determined to make yet another comeback.

Woods, 45, has overcome his infamous scandal and multiple significant back injuries. He’s likely still a long way from being able to compete at a high level again, if he ever will. Still, it’s a positive sign that he is back to working on his game.

Tiger Woods’ niece Cheyenne gets engaged to Yankees OF

Cheyenne Woods with her golf bag

Cheyenne Woods, the niece of famous golfer Tiger Woods, shared some big news on her Instagram account on Wednesday.

Cheyenne shared that she and her boyfriend (now fiance) Aaron Hicks have become engaged.

“YESSS to forever with my bestfriend and my [heart] 10.21.21,” she wrote.

Hicks wrote back “you will forever have my [heart].”

Hicks, 32, is from Southern California and was a 1st-round pick by the Minnesota Twins in 2008. He played three MLB seasons with the Twins before being traded to the Yankees. A career .233 hitter, Hicks’ best season came in 2018 when he hit 27 home runs.

Cheyenne, 31, is a pro golfer and has two career pro wins.

The two met in early 2020 and have now gotten engaged.

H/T Egotastic Sports

Tiger Woods spotted back on golf course after car accident

Tiger Woods

Eight months after his car accident, Tiger Woods is back on the golf course, at least as a spectator.

A picture surfaced Saturday of Woods attending a junior event in Florida, where he watched his son Charlie play. Woods had a sleeve on his right leg, but does have a club in hand.

Woods suffered multiple leg fractures in the February accident, so it’s good to see him standing on his own. There was speculation that the injuries he suffered could end his golf career, though it sounds like Woods intends to try to come back.

Even before this picture emerged, we knew Woods is still active in the sport, at least in the background. Apparently, he even played a role in the American Ryder Cup win last month.

Xander Schauffele says message from Tiger Woods helped at Ryder Cup

Xander Schauffele

Tiger Woods was unable to take part in the 2021 Ryder Cup as he recovers from the car crash he was involved in early this year, but the 15-time major champion’s presence was felt early on at Whistling Straits.

Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay had the most surprising performance of the morning foursomes on Friday, as the duo dominated Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter with a 5-and-3 win. Schauffele told the Golf Channel that he and Cantlay received advice from Woods on Thursday night and utilized it when the match was tied.

“We got a nice message from Tiger last night,” Schauffele said. “Obviously I’m not gonna reveal what it said, but Pat and I referred to it a few times today. We knew what we needed to do. … We knew he was fist-pumping from the couch. Whether he was on crutches or not, he was as fired up as anyone back home. It’s nice to have his support.”

Cantlay, who like Schauffele is a Ryder Cup rookie, said he met with Tiger recently to discuss what it’s like playing in the event.

“There’s no better role model, no better leader. He’s just somebody you can learn from,” Cantlay said. “I saw him last week at home and just picked his brain on the Ryder Cup and applied some of that today.”

Tiger was in a serious car crash back in February. He had multiple led fractures and damage to his feet and ankles. There were initially questions about whether he would ever golf again, but U.S. Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker offered a promising update on Woods’ condition this week.

Steve Stricker offers promising update on Tiger Woods’ status

Tiger Woods

Steve Stricker on Tuesday offered a positive update on Tiger Woods’ status.

Woods will not be competing in the Ryder Cup this year because he is recovering from his injuries suffered in a car crash in February. From 1997-2018, he competing in eight Ryder Cups, but he will not be helping the U.S. on the course in this year’s event. That doesn’t mean he’s done with golfing though.

Stricker, who is the American Ryder Cup captain, gave a promising update about Tiger.

“He’s getting better, and his focus is on making a comeback to play again,” Stricker said Tuesday.

That’s pretty incredible considering where Tiger was in February. He had multiple leg fractures and damage to his feet and ankles. There were questions about whether he would be able to play again. So far it’s been seven months since the crash. If Woods were to make a comeback, he’d probably start working on it some time next year.

This year, the Ryder Cup will take place from Sept. 24-26 this year at Whistling Straights in Wisconsin. The event was set to take place last year but was postponed until next year due to the pandemic.

Tiger Woods’ mom Tida used to have trash talk for Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson seem to be on good terms these days, but they were big rivals for quite some time before. They were such big rivals that even Tiger’s mom disliked Phil and had some trash talk for him.

In the HBO documentary “Tiger,” parts of the rivalry between the men is discussed. The rivalry talk arose when the documentary talked focused on the 2001 Masters, which Tiger won by besting Mickelson, who finished third.

Golf writer Alan Shipnuck was interviewed for the documentary and stated that Tiger disliked Mickelson because he believed Phil had tremendous talent but didn’t work hard to maximize it. Shipnuck said that at the time, Mickelson was carrying about 20 extra pounds, which bothered the Woods family.

Tiger’s mother Kultida (“Tida”) would mock Mickelson.

“Tida loved to make fun of Mickelson’s body,” Shipnuck said.

LA Times writer Thomas Bonk added more.

“Phil’s nickname was ‘Lefty,’ but Tida called him ‘Hefty,'” Bonk said.

Mickelson’s physique created a situation where Woods not just wanted to beat his rival, but to humiliate him, according to Bonk.

Caddie Stevie Williams agreed that Mickelson was the player Woods wanted to beat the most.

“It all came down to him and one other player: the guy that he wants to beat the most, and the guy that he would least like to see win the tournament. His good mate, Phil.”

Woods won the event, making him the most recent winner at all four of the majors, though he did not achieve the feat in the same calendar year. That is why the feat was named the “Tiger Slam.”

Mickelson has since slimmed down and is going strong at 50, even becoming the oldest major winner. He and Tiger are on a friendly basis too.

We wonder what nickname Tida calls Mickelson these days.

Tiger Woods broke up with first girlfriend Dina Parr in most cold-hearted letter

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods broke up with his first girlfriend, high school sweetheart Dina Parr, in the most cold-hearted way, with a cold-hearted letter.

Parr was one of the subjects interviewed for the HBO documentary on Woods, “Tiger,” that was released earlier this year. The documentary was very well done and explores much of the background that went into building Tiger into a golf prodigy.

Woods was raised by his parents to become a golfing machine and the greatest golfer ever. That meant he would have no time for distractions or problems, such as a serious girlfriend.

In the documentary, Parr, who was Dina Gravell at the time, told the story of her relationship with Tiger. She also shared how and why she believes their relationship ended.

“Earl and Tida (Tiger’s parents), they had this image of who he was supposed to be. And I think they were worried about me, because I certainly didn’t fit in to that,” Parr said in the documentary.

“I felt like their plans were creating this robot. There was all this preparation for golf, which is great. You’re going to be a great golfer. But he had no life skills. He had not been prepared for life,” Parr said of Tiger. “And I was probably the only person around him that really kept him in check. And I would tell him, ‘you are going to want to get married and have kids and golf is not going to be the most important thing. You are going to have to find that balance.’

“He would say, ‘I’m in love with you. I want that. I just want to have a life with you.'”

So what were the circumstances that led to the breakup? It all started with a lie.

Tiger and Dina met in an accounting class when they were in high school. Their relationship lasted for three years but ended after Woods returned home from college and lied to his parents.

According to longtime family friend Joe Grohman, who was a teaching pro at the Navy golf course where Woods practiced, Tiger lied about coming home from college. Tiger told his parents he was coming home from college the next day. But he actually had arrived the day before and stayed at Parr’s house.

When they found out about the lie, Woods’ parents were furious with their son. Tiger was scared and unsure what to do, so he called Grohman, the golf teacher recalled.

Grohman recalled that he went over to the house and was shocked at how angry Woods’ parents were. He recalled Tida dropping g-d damns all over the place. Earl Woods was furious too.

“We don’t need this. She’s going to get pregnant and blow this whole thing!” Grohman recalls Earl said.

They were so mad that they were ready to kick Tiger out of the house, according to Grohman. Tiger was “spooked” by the incident, according to Grohman.

So what happened next? Tiger wrote Dina a letter breaking up with her.

Here is what the letter said, according to Parr:

“Dina, the reason for writing this letter is to inform you my parents and myself never want to talk or hear from you again. Reflecting back over this relationship, I feel used and manipulated by you and your family. I hope the rest of your life runs well for you. I know this is sudden and a surprise. But it is, in my opinion, much warranted.

Sincerely,
Tiger”

Parr then shared her thoughts on the letter.

“It was awful. We had been in this three-year relationship. And I thought about, should I drive over there? I just wanted to confront him. I just wanted him to look me in the face and tell me this. If it’s the truth, then we’re good. Then our relationship was a whole lie. That’s fine. But I want to hear it from you,” Parr said.

“I replay that day in my head over and over again. What happened? What really triggered all this? But it has to be that it was just the plan.”

What likely happened is Woods’ parents forced him to break up with her to focus on golf, and he did.

Parr, who just had seen a 3-year relationship end over a letter and received no closure, says she had to treat it like a death.

“It was like a death. And I had to treat it like a death, because I had to just let it go and pretend like he was gone. Because, honestly, the person that I fell in love with, the Tiger that I had known, had died. That part of him, that part of his soul that I knew, would never treat me that way. His sweetness was stolen from him. The new Tiger was here … and he was all about golf.”

Parr described Tiger in the documentary as a sweet guy who would let his hair down when he was with her. But Woods’ parents decided there would be no room for that in his life and seemingly forced him to cut it off with her.

This all happened well before Tiger’s infamous sex scandal that began in 2009. Woods got married in 2004, but the marriage unraveled after his ex-wife discovered he was cheating on her. That set off a scandal where numerous women came out and said they had sexual relationships with the golfer, all while he was married.

Also in the documentary, we learned of Tiger’s final message to his most well-known mistress, Rachel Uchitel.

Rachel Uchitel reveals Tiger Woods’ final message to her

Tiger Woods

Rachel Uchitel recently revealed the final message Tiger Woods sent to her.

Uchitel, the most well-known Woods mistress, has gone public recently. She complained that she has entered bankruptcy after running out of the money she received in an $8 million settlement from Tiger’s people. She only was paid $5 million, because she violated terms that would have brought her an additional three million. After legal fees and taxes, she was left with $2 million, which has run out.

Uchitel vented in a recent interview to The New York Times that Woods’ people are again coming after her because they say she violated terms of her original nondisclosure agreement by appearing in the HBO documentary, “Tiger.”

Uchitel was interviewed for the documentary in 2019 to tell her side of things. The documentary was released in 2021.

In the documentary, Uchitel discussed her relationship with Woods and revealed the final message the golfer sent her.

By that point in 2009, Woods was flying Uchitel to different parts of the world to accompany him while he was on the road for golf tournaments. They had a sexual relationship, and Uchitel says Woods even told her he loved her.

But their relationship became public after the National Enquirer published a story in Nov. 2009 about them being together. Uchitel and Tiger were initially concerned, but they organized a phone call with Tiger’s then-wife, Elin Nordegren, to assuage her. During the call, they told Elin that the relationship was not sexual. Elin supposedly believed them. However, two days later, Elin went through Tiger’s phone while he was asleep and found out the truth (full details here). That episode led to the infamous car crash that sparked weeks of tabloid stories and the uncovering of the Tiger Woods sex scandal.

Believing that Elin had initially believed their explanation, Rachel says she and Tiger talked a few days later. Uchitel felt things with him were never better.

However, things blew up after Elin discovered the affair, leading to the car crash and unraveling of Woods’ affairs.

Uchitel says she was unable to reach Tiger thereafter.

“None of the people around Tiger would answer my phone calls,” she complained in the documentary.

That made Uchitel question their entire relationship. She was prepared to tell her story to the media via a press conference before Tiger finally called her. Then Uchitel shared the final message Tiger told her.

“It was the first time that I spoke to him since the accident. He told me that his lawyers were going to call about a settlement of confidentiality. He said to me, ‘get as much as you can.’ And I think to him, that was his only way to love me at the time,” Uchitel says.

So that’s it. After all that, the last thing Woods told Uchitel was to get as much money as she could. That was his way of apologizing to her.

Uchitel wanted $10 million. She ended up with $5 million up front, with an additional million paid out annually over the next three years, for a total of $8 million. She ended up losing the final three million after committing a violation. Now she says Tiger’s people want repayment of the original $5 million for her appearance in the documentary. Uchitel feels she has very few options left, which is why she finally went public about the story. What happens next in the saga is unknown.

Ex-Tiger Woods mistress Rachel Uchitel having financial problems despite $8 million settlement

Tiger Woods

Rachel Uchitel was at the center of the Tiger Woods scandal more than a decade ago when it was revealed that she and several other women had affairs with the 15-time major champion. The situation resulted in a massive settlement for Uchitel, but she is now struggling financially.

The New York Times published a story about Uchitel on Monday. In it, the former cocktail waitress explained how she signed a nondisclosure agreement with Woods that promised her a payment of $5 million and $1 million annually for three years after.

“I’m not an idiot, I’m not a hooker, I’m not a prostitute,” Uchitel said. “I was and am a very smart girl and that’s why I negotiated $8 million, because I knew it was going to affect my life.”

The $8 million didn’t go very far, however. Uchitel explained that she only received a cut of the money due to taxes and legal fees. When she signed on to do “Celebrity Rehab” in 2010, Woods’ legal team demanded that she pay back the money she had received. Uchitel agreed to give up the additional $3 million she was owed.

Uchitel took part in HBO’s “Tiger” documentary, which was released earlier this year. She said she was threatened by Woods’ lawyer Michael Holtz over that.

“If you get a job, I’ll come after your wages. If you get married, I’ll go after your joint bank account,” Uchitel says Holtz told her. “I will come after you for the rest of your life.”

Uchitel says she has opened and closed two children’s clothing stores, and both are in debt. She filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, and Holtz attended the bankruptcy meeting in May.

Tiger’s ex-wife Elin Nordegren may have blown the lid off the cheating scandal by sending fake text messages to Uchitel. A lot of people said Uchitel would be set for life after taking her “hush money,” but that obviously did not turn out to be the case.

H/T OK! Magazine

Tiger Woods shares current goal in first interview since car accident

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods shared some details about his rehab process in his first public interview since his February car accident.

Woods spoke to Daniel Rapaport of Golf Digest about where he is physically and how his rehab is going. Woods admitted that he’s no stranger to injury rehab, but described the current process as “more painful than anything I have ever experienced.”

Woods suffered open fractures to both his tibia and fibula bones in his right leg in the Feb. 23 accident. It’s not yet clear if Woods will regain full strength and movement in that leg. He refused to comment on whether or not he would play golf again, sharing a more immediate goal instead.

“My physical therapy has been keeping me busy,” Woods said. “I do my routines every day and am focused on my No. 1 goal right now: walking on my own. Taking it one step at a time.”

Woods added that he has been “helped tremendously” by the outpouring of support from people both inside and outside of golf.

Public appearances have been rare for Woods since the accident, though we’ve had a few glimpses of him as he recovers. It sounds like a slow and steady process, and because of that, it may be a while before we get any clear idea of where things stand with his golfing future.