Tiger Woods: A series of unfortunate events
Tiger Woods' life is open to media scrutiny. But this time not for the sport but for all the wrong reasons. Here's a chronology of events that have maligned his persona forever.india Updated: Dec 09, 2009 12:35 IST
Tiger Woods' life is open to media scrutiny. But this time not for the sport but for all the wrong reasons. Here's a chronology of events that have maligned his persona forever:
November 25 The story surfaces alleging Tiger Woods was having an affair with New York nightclub hostess Rachel Uchitel and that the pair were recently together in Australia where Woods competed in the Australian Masters. Uchitel later denies the report.
November 27 Tiger Woods crashes his Cadillac Escalade into a fire hydrant and a neighbour's tree at 2:25 a.m. just metres away from his Florida mansion. Woods's wife, Elin Nordegren, uses a golf club to smash one of the SUV's back windows, later telling police she was trying to get her unconscious husband out of the vehicle. Woods is briefly hospitalized.
November 27 Police try to interview Tiger Woods about the crash. However, his wife asks them to return the next day because her husband is sleeping.
November 28 Police again plan to interview him, but his agent tells them the golfer and his wife are unavailable until the following day.
November 29 An hour after Wood's lawyer turns police away from the golfer's home, he releases a statement on his website, taking blame for an "embarrassing" crash, which left him with cuts and bruises. "This situation is my fault, and it's obviously embarrassing to my family and me," he says. "I'm human and I'm not perfect. I will certainly make sure this doesn't happen again." The statement asks that it remain "a private matter".
November 30 Citing his injuries, Woods withdraws from his annual golf tournament, the Chevron World Challenge. "I am certain it will be an outstanding event and I'm very sorry that I can't be there," he says in a statement on his website. He says he will not compete again until next year.
December 1 The Florida Highway Patrol announces that Tiger Woods faces a $164 (U.S.) fine for careless driving and four demerit points against his driver's licence. He will not face criminal charges.
December 2 Another story breaks about Los Angeles cocktail waitress claiming she had a 31-month long affair with Woods. The woman, Jaimee Grubbs, says she has proof in 300 text messages and claims she first met him the week after the 2007 Masters, two months before his wife gave birth to their first child.
Tiger Woods acknowledges unspecified "transgressions" that he regrets "with all of my heart" in a statement on his website. "I have not been true to my values and the behaviour my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect. I am dealing with my behaviour and personal failings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone."
December 3 Citing "unforeseen circumstances", high-profile attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing Rachel Uchitel, calls off a news conference about an hour before it is set to begin.
December 7 A report from a police officer who responded to Tiger Woods's accident is released. The report says he was initially unresponsive, lying on the road covered in a blanket and resting his head on a pillow. Two golf clubs were on the ground and there was $235 (U.S.) in the vehicle.
December 8 After receiving a 911 call from Tiger Woods's home at 2:35 a.m., his mother-in-law, Barbro Holmberg, is transported to hospital suffering from stomach pain. She Holmberg is a former Swedish cabinet minister.