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Tiger Woods ends month of misery as an Invisible Man

Tiger Woods ends month of misery as an Invisible Man

One month after his one-car crash touched off a sensational sex scandal that drew the world's attention, Tiger Woods has become an Invisible Man even as his world has collapsed around him.
In the early morning hours of Nov. 27, Woods struck a tree and fire hydrant when he lost control of his car, and was rushed to a hospital with facial cuts and bruises. He hailed his wife Elin as a hero who rescued him by smashing the vehicle's back windows with golf clubs.
But where was he going at such an hour? What made him lose control of the vehicle? Why smash the windows farthest from Woods? Did a tabloid report days earlier about an affair spark a marital spat?
Answers to those questions remain unconfirmed, despite reports from celebrity website and a reckless driving traffic citation against Woods.
However the golf superstar's own admissions of infidelity, "transgressions" and "personal sins" give credence to lurid claims by at least 14 women who say they had affairs with Woods.
In one of the most stunning falls from grace ever seen, Woods's squeaky-clean marketing juggernaut image was destroyed. An audiotape of a phone call one of the mistresses released with a voice sounding like Woods was followed hours later by a Woods statement vaguely confessing to wrongdoings.
The 14-time major champion, who skipped his own charity event saying that his accident injuries kept him from attending, later announced he was taking an indefinite leave from his pro golf career.
While Woods went undercover, sponsors began pulling his once-omnipresent image from advertisements.
Watchmaker Tag Heuer and razor-blade giant Gillette quit using his image during his hiatus. Telecommunications giant AT&T was reevaluating Woods as a spokesman. Technology, management and outsourcing consultancy Accenture dropped its deal altogether.
Nike, however, issued unqualified support in Woods's darkest hour.
Reports followed at dizzying speed, the latest being Elin having hired a Hollywood celebrity divorce lawyer and taken her children with Woods - 10-month-old son Charlie and two-year-old daughter Sam - to an island home she bought in Sweden.
Clearly, Woods had hopes for a better first Christmas for his son. Woods was said to be hitting golf balls alone at night to cope with the firestorm. Other reports said he had rekindled a relationship with Rachel Uchitel, the New York show club hostess who was the first mistress revealed.
Uchitel was visiting the same Australian hotel as Woods when he was playing an event Down Under, and claimed she was visiting her parents over the holidays when she showed up in Palm Beach, Florida, close to where Woods has his US$20 million luxury yacht "Privacy" docked.


Updated : 2021-01-17 02:15 GMT+08:00