Ah, darn. It was such a pretty story.
The world’s best golfer, his gorgeous blonde bride, their two young children. As in his golf game, Tiger Woods seemed to conduct himself in life with nothing but class and honor.
At least from the outside.
The fairytale got bruised a little at the news of Woods’ car accident Nov. 27, when he left the house at 2:25 in the morning and crashed his Cadillac Escalade into a fire hydrant and a neighbor’s tree. His wife, Elin Nordegren, attacked the SUV with a golf club, either to help get the injured Woods out of it or to help make her point. It wasn’t clear which.
When he repeatedly turned away police officers who wanted to interview him about the accident, a few eyebrows were raised. Questions of domestic violence floated around; could he be hiding his wounds so as to muddy their origin? Was there something to hide? Was he protecting his wife?
At this point, the collective feeling among outsiders was to leave the story alone. It was a domestic matter between a married couple, and Woods deserved some privacy.
When the police investigation was closed and Woods simply was fined for reckless driving, it might have been the end of the story. Except it wasn’t.
"Hey, it's, uh, it's Tiger. I need you to do me a huge favor," says a voicemail message on the phone of 24-year-old Jaimee Grubbs, a woman who lives in Escondido, Calif.. "Um, can you please, uh, take your name off your phone. My wife went through my phone. And, uh, may be calling you. If you can, please take your name off that and, um, and what do you call it just have it as a number on the voicemail, just have it as your telephone number. That's it, OK. You gotta do this for me. Huge. Quickly. All right. Bye."
With that, the fairytale cracked wide open.
In a story in Us Weekly, Grubbs claims she had a 31-month affair with Woods, and that she has text messages and the voice mail to prove it. (The magazine would not comment on whether she was paid for the information.)
The National Enquirer has also published a story saying that Woods had an affair with New York hostess Rachel Uchitel, who has denied the allegation.