On February 19, 2010, professional golfer Tiger Woods gives a televised news conference in which he apologizes for his marital infidelities and admits to “selfish” and “foolish” behavior. The 34-year-old Woods, one of the greatest players in the history of golf as well as one of the world’s highest-paid athletes, read a scripted statement at PGA headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, before a pre-selected audience that included his mother but not his Swedish-born wife, Elin Nordegren. Members of the media were present but were not allowed to ask questions.
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Woods’ statement marked the first time he had spoken publicly since crashing his car into a fire hydrant and tree near his home in Windermere, Florida, an Orlando suburb, around 2:30 a.m. on November 27, 2009. The low-speed, single-car crash left him briefly hospitalized. Nordegren reportedly told police she heard the crash from the couple’s home, went outside and smashed the rear window of Woods’ Cadillac Escalade in an attempt to extricate him. After the accident, Woods initially declined to speak with Florida Highway Patrol officers and issued no immediate public statement, sparking rumors and speculation about why he was leaving his house at that hour. At the time of the incident, a tabloid newspaper was reporting allegations that Woods had cheated on his wife.
In the days and weeks following the car crash, Woods saw his stellar reputation shattered as more than a dozen young women came forward to publicly claim they had been romantically involved with the married golfer, who wed Nordegren in 2004. Woods and his wife met in 2001, while she was working as a nanny for Swedish golf pro Jesper Parnevik.
On April 8, 2010, less than two months after Woods’ apology-filled Florida news conference, he returned to professional golf by competing in the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. The event received widespread coverage, and Woods finished the tournament tied for fourth place.
Four months later, in August, Woods and his wife officially divorced. Nordegren, with whom Woods has two children, reportedly received a $100 million settlement.
Tiger Woods Apologizes as Alleged Mistress Jaimee Grubbs Goes Public
Jaimee Grubbs tells US Weekly intimate details of her alleged affair with Woods.
Dec. 2, 2009 -- The day after a Los Angeles woman claimed to have had a nearly three-year affair with Tiger Woods, the golf star released a statement of his own, apologizing for his "transgressions" and vowing to be a better husband and father in the future.
"I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart," Woods said in a statement posted to his Web site. "I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves.
"I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect," Woods said. "I am dealing with my behavior and personal fallings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone."
Woods' statements comes on the same day that an issue of US Weekly magazine hit newsstands with the bombshell headline, "Yes, He Cheated," featuring photographs of the golf star, his wife Elin Nordegren and one of his alleged mistresses, Jaimee Grubbs.
US Weekly spokeswoman Ericka Souter told ABC News today that sources have also told the magazine that there are "several other women" who Woods' had relationships with, adding that it has been made clear that "Woods like to party and be in the company of women."
Rachel Uchitel, a New York City club promoter, denied an earlier National Enquirer report that she had an affair with Woods. Her attorney, Gloria Allred, called a press conference for 12:30 p.m. Thursday in Los Angeles promising a further "statement about Ms. Uchitel's relationship with Tiger Woods."
None of this sat well with Woods' fellow golfer, Jesper Parnevik, who once employed Nordegren as a nanny and apparently introduced her to Woods. He'd be extremely upset if Woods cheated, he said in a broadcast report.
"I would feel especially sad about it because I'm kind of filled with sorrow for Elin since me and my wife are at fault for hooking her up with him," Parnevik said, "and we probably thought he was a better guy than he is, then.
"I would probably have to apologize to her and hope she uses a driver next time instead of a 3-iron," he said of the golf club Nordegren allegedly used to break a window on Woods' crashed SUV. "It's a private thing, of course. But you're the guy he is, when you're the world's best athlete, you should think more before you do stuff and maybe not just do it, like Nike says."
Rumors about Woods' alleged extramarital affairs began swirling almost immediately after news broke of his early morning car crash last week.
On Nov. 27, Woods plowed his black SUV into a fire hydrant and then a tree near his Isleworth, Fla., home, causing $3,300 worth of damage to the property, according to a police report. Traveling at 30 mph in a 25 mph zone, Woods' car had $8,000 of damage.
The report also states that Woods was not tested for alcohol or drugs at the scene.
While the Florida Highway Patrol announced Tuesday that they would not be seeking criminal charges against Woods, issuing him only a $164 traffic citation for "careless driving," Woods' problems were not over.
Tiger Woods Apologizes for His 'Sins'
Embattled athlete Tiger Woods all but fessed up to having strayed from his image as a family man in a heartfelt public apology on his Web site Wednesday.
“I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart,” he writes. “I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect.”
In the wake of a one-car accident last week, rumors swirled that the crash was somehow caused by allegations that Woods, 33, had had an affair behind wife Elin Nordegren’s back. Despite Florida authorities saying they considered the case closed, scrutiny only grew – and another woman emerged, claiming she and the pro golfer had had a 31-month romance.
Woods, while not explicitly admitting to extramarital affairs, pleaded for privacy in his Wednesday mea culpa.
“I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family,” he writes. “Those feelings should be shared by us alone.”
Later, he adds: “Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn’t have to mean public confessions … I will strive to be a better person and the husband and father that my family deserves. For all of those who have supported me over the years, I offer my profound apology.”
Why Do Men Keep Apologizing?
Golfer Tiger Woods apologizes for his sexual affairs during a press conference at the headquarters of the PGA Tour in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., on Feb. 19, 2010
Used to be that seeing a man apologize was a little like catching a glimpse of a Bengal tiger in its natural habitat: rare, thrilling, attainable only for truly patient souls. Now it's more like seeing a mountain lion on a busy highway. People wince, wonder how he managed to get himself in this situation and hope it will be over soon.
And it's no longer such a rare phenomenon. Recently, Mark McGwire (performance enhancer), David Letterman (wife cheater), Chris Brown (girlfriend beater), John Mayer (N word user) and even the reclusive Florida Tiger (serial wife cheater) have all tried to navigate their way across the Boulevard of Remorse to the safe shoulder of public forgiveness. But it's still a big enough deal that when men apologize, it's broadcast live on TV. For some, national coverage is not enough. On Feb. 24, Akio Toyoda, the CEO of Toyota, flew halfway across the planet to apologize in Washington: "When the cars are damaged, it is as though I am as well." (See the top 10 apologies.)
Meanwhile, there have been very few prominent female apologies in recent memory. In January, Irish MP Iris Robinson resigned and publicly repented for cheating on her husband. But it barely made a ripple in American newspapers, even though her paramour was only 19 at the time. Why is it that we're seeing more high-profile apologies from men than from women? One big reason is that there are far more men than women in high-profile positions and thus more men who are liable to have something to publicly apologize for. But there's also some evolutionary biology involved.
Researchers have long known that for women, saying sorry often and right after any offense is part of their conversational arsenal, one of the tools they use to keep relationships steady. It's more a course correction than a U-turn. Women are more likely than men to apologize when they're only partially to blame. They even say sorry when they're not at fault, as a way of expressing empathy. For men, an admission of a mistake has always been a little more fraught, tinged as it is with an acknowledgment of weakness. Therefore, the more alpha the male, the more difficult the fessing up. (See the top 10 scandals of 2009.)
According to the gold-standard work in this area, German scholar Peter Schönbach's seminal 1980 paper on what academics call "the taxonomy of accounts," there are four main ways people respond to their "failure events": the concession ("I did it, it was my fault, I'm sorry"), the excuse ("I did it, but it wasn't my idea/it was raining/the woman made me do it"), the justification ("I did it, but it was necessary") and the refusal ("I didn't do it"). Not to take issue with Schönbach, but he seems to have left two out, both male favorites: the deflection ("Mistakes were made") and the stonewall (complete silence).
Men say sorry the way celebrities arrive at parties: late, but with flourish. The concession, the type men seem to like least, is the most common public apology. Generally, if a guy has gotten as far as calling a press conference, he has tried one or two methods already Woods was a fan of the stonewall and realized he's going to have to go the Full Monty. The concession is brutal but efficient. As soon as Woods offered up his 13-min. halting mea culpa (male culpa?), people swiftly moved on to the next step of any interpersonal conflict: not wanting to talk about it. Toyoda should only be so lucky. (See the top 10 awkward press conferences.)
But why do men's apologies have to be such a big deal? A recent study found that in work situations, women apologized more frequently, but if men apologized, they were more likely to do so to women. And while women were more likely to say sorry to underlings, men were more likely to apologize to bosses.
This makes a lot of sense. In the end, the famous all have the same boss: the public. And the public is not satisfied with anything but a full accounting (unless you're a supporter of whichever White House Administration just ended). So you can either apologize to everyone, all the time, as women tend to do, or you can man up at some point and make the microphone your confessional. Sorry about that.
The downfall of Tiger Woods: A look back at when it all started to unravel
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When he started out, Tiger Woods was on his way to boasting one of the most accomplished careers golf had ever seen.
When he turned professional in August 1996, Woods was named PGA Rookie of the Year. He also became the youngest to achieve a career grand slam.
He's won a total of three career grand slams and was the youngest and fastest to accomplish 50 tournament wins on tour. Woods achieved his first No. 1 world ranking in June of 1997 and went on to hold the top spot for 264 consecutive weeks from 1999-2004. In his second streak, Woods held the No. 1 position again for 281 weeks during a stretch from 2005-2010.
Woods is a 14-time major champion, just four major wins short of Jack Nicklaus’ all-time career record.
In 2000, Woods found himself at the hands of the largest endorsement an athlete had ever signed at the time with a five-year, $105 million contract extension with Nike. According to Forbes, in 2015 Woods also held the No. 1 spot on a list of athletes who have made the most money over the past 10 years with $845 million, with a high of $115 million in 2008 alone.
For the most part Woods has done everything he set out to do, on the course.
But among all of the high points in his career, Woods’ storybook career has been on the decline since 2009, and Monday's arrest on a DUI charge is another chapter in his downfall.
For Woods, who hasn’t played professionally since February because of a lingering back injury or won a major since 2008, there is little hope left for a comeback.
What happened to Tiger Woods? Where did his career start to go wrong? Those questions and the answers that follow have been one of the most intriguing storylines in sports over the last decade. Here's a timeline of Tiger Woods' downfall:
The controversy begins with claims of an extramarital affair between Woods and Rachel Uchitel, an NYC nightclub manager. Woods is then involved in an accident in Orlando, Fla. after running his Escalade into a fire hydrant outside his house. His wife at the time, Elin Nordegren, pulls Woods out of the vehicle.
Woods is ticketed for careless driving and takes responsibility for the accident. Additional claims surface claiming Woods’ involvement in multiple affairs with cocktail waitresses, porn stars and club promoters, among others. Woods releases a statement admitting to the sex scandal and infidelity and apologizes. Woods also says he is taking an “indefinite break” from professional golf. Nordegren moves out of their home.
December 2009-January 2010
Woods checks into a sex addiction clinic in Hattiesburg, Miss. Woods loses endorsement deals from Accenture, AT&T, Gatorade and General Motors. Gillette also suspends advertisements featuring Woods.
Golf Digest suspends Woods’ monthly column “Tiger Tips.” Woods issues a televised apology for his actions and behaviors stating he’s been in a 45-day rehab therapy program.
Woods withdraws from the Players Championship due to injury. Hank Haney, Woods’ coach since 2003, resigns.
Woods and Nordegren announce divorce. Sean Foley becomes Woods’ new coach.
During the Masters, Woods suffers sprains of his MCL and left Achilles tendon.
Woods withdraws from the Player’s Championship.
Woods fires longtime caddy, Steve Williams.
Woods’ ranking falls to a new low, No. 58.
After 107 weeks without a win, Woods places first at the Chevron World Challenge, his own tournament.
Back and knee injuries force Woods to pull out of the WGC Cadillac Championship and Arnold Palmer Invite.
After winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Woods regains No. 1 ranking and hold position until May 2014. Woods and US alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn begin dating.
Woods wins the Player’s Championship for the seventh time.
For the first time since turning pro, Woods misses the Masters after undergoing his first microdiscectomy. The back surgery also caused him to miss the US Open.
Woods and Foley agree to part ways and Woods misses the cut at the PGA Championship. He also takes his name out of the Ryder Cup.
For the first time since 1996, Woods drops outside of the world’s top 100 ranked golfers at No. 104.
Woods undergoes his second microdiscectomy and announces his plans to return to competitive golf early next season.
In his third surgery, Woods has a follow-up procedure on his back.
*2015 is the first time Woods missed all four majors in one year.
April 2016-June 2016
After withdrawing from the Masters, Woods announces he won’t play in the US Open or Quicken Loans National because he isn’t ready for tournament competition. He also misses the British Open and PGA Championship.
For the first time in his career, Woods drops out of the world rankings top 500.
After being sidelined for 15 months with injuries, Woods returns to competitive golf.
On the 20-year anniversary of his first major win by a record 12-strokes at Augusta, Woods misses the Masters and his fifth straight major.
Woods has his fourth surgery since spring 2014 to relieve lingering pain in his back and leg.
"The surgery went well, and I'm optimistic this will relieve my back spasms and pain," Woods said in a statement. "When healed, I look forward to getting back to a normal life, playing with my kids, competing in professional golf and living without the pain I have been battling so long. "I would like to thank all the fans for staying in touch and their kind wishes. The support I have received has never waned, and it really helps."
Woods is arrested on a DUI charge in Jupiter, Fla. in the early morning of May 29. According to the report, Woods was found asleep at the wheel and failed multiple sobriety tests, but alcohol was not involved. Woods claimed it was a reaction from prescription medications from his most recent back surgery.
Whether or not Woods' golf career is over, how much more can he take? For a golfer who hasn't performed at the top of his game in years, by looking at his mug shot, the destruction of the last decade caught up with him. Whatever is left of Woods is beginning to overshadow his achievements.
For one of the most decorated and accomplished golfers the game has ever seen, the story of Tiger Woods might not have a happy ending.
Tiger Woods Mistresses: That Apology Was So Fake!
Reaction to Tiger Woods' apology speech Friday has so far been mixed. Many fans, sponsors and sports broadcasters have praised the golfer Many have not.
Joslyn James and Jamie Jungers have more things in common than alliterative names: Both 1. have been railed by Woods 2. say his mea culpa was bogus.
As far as James is concerned, the porn star who alleges a three-year extramarital affair with Tiger said that his press conference was far from convincing.
Moreover, she feels she has been slandered. Really.
"I would be open to a telephone apology from Tiger," the star of Top Heavy 4 said, accompanied of course by lawyer Gloria Allred. "I did not deserve this."
"An apology should be meaningful, and I didn't hear none of that," she said. "He's so selfish it's not about anybody but him. It didn't feel like it was real."
Joslyn James wants Tiger to learn his (dirty!) lesson!
While Allred repeatedly mentioned how much emotional distress Tiger caused Joslyn James, she said she was not planning to file suit against him. Phew!
Meanwhile, another notch on Tiger Woods' list of mistresses was holding a viewing party with reporters: Las Vegas blackjack dealer/model Jamie Jungers.
Let's just say she wasn't moved by the script either.
"That apology is crap," Jungers said. "He's making a sob story to make people sorry for him. I don't feel sorry for him. I’ve seen his emotions when his father died and this was different. I'm not going to call him a liar but. he's playing that card."
The Trashy Lingerie model wasn't done there.
"He's apologizing to these young kids. everybody but the women that were involved in the relationships," says Jungers. "It's hurtful. It's rude. He should have apologized to the mistresses, because we’re dealing with a lot of stuff too."
A poor Tiger mistress just can't get a break, it's true.
Jungers says her relationship with Woods was more than sexual, and she was hoping for Tiger to acknowledge that, although she is not surprised he didn't.
Poor home-wrecker Jamie Jungers wants an apology too!
"It's not one-night stands, it's relationships. When it's a relationship, you're intimate and you share feelings. He could have at least mentioned the women."
"I know he's trying to win his wife back," Jamie Jungers adds. "Of course he's not going to apologize to the women he slept with. It's what I expected."
As for whether Elin Woods should stick with Tiger?
"Once a cheater always a cheater," says Jungers. "Is Elin going to stay with him? I would say no, but I don't have kids with him. He has a lot to prove."
Lastly, regarding her haters, Jamie says, "I'm not a home-wrecking whore. If it was up to me I would have never done it in the first place, but I stupid."
"Of course feel guilty. I have a heart. But it was years ago. I shouldn't be the one to be blamed for it. He had lied to me about so many things."
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The Tiger Woods Affair: Why Nice Guys Cheat
By now you've probably heard the sordid details of Tiger Woods' alleged affairs with cocktail waitress Jamiee Grubbs, New York City nightclub hostess Rachel Uchitel, and Las Vegas party planner Kalika Moquin.
The scandal comes as a bit of a surprise to his many fans, especially considering his squeaky-clean image.
Here are the details so far, in case you missed anything:
On November 27, Tiger crashed his Cadillac Escalade outside his Florida home. There have been a number of reports that Tiger and his wife Elin were arguing over a text message. There has also been some speculation as to whether Elin bashed out Tiger's car window with a golf club to "rescue" him from his car as has been claimed, or was, er, bashing his window with a golf club for some other reason.
Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik introduced Tiger Woods to his wife Elin Nordegren in 2001, while she was working for Parnevik's family as an au pair, "We probably thought he was a better guy than he is. I probably would have to apologize to her and hope she uses a driver next time rather than a three-iron, I would say."
Why do (seemingly) nice guys cheat?
Cheaters usually fall into two categories: Those who are always looking for opportunities to cheat (serial cheaters) and those who find themselves with an opportunity to cheat and make a bad decision (unintended cheaters.)
Serial cheaters usually use sex as a sort of emotional band-aid to make themselves feel better about insecurities, growing older, depression, and for thrill-seeking, among other things. Serial cheaters seek out opportunities for sex - think ESPN's Steve Phillips.
Unintended cheaters generally make a bad decision when presented with an opportunity to cheat, but don't seek out the opportunity. This is the kind of person who sleeps with a coworker after an out of town conference following a rough month, or a difficult life change.
And once that horse is out of the starting gate, all bets are off.
So what does that make Tiger?
At this point, it's hard to tell. On the "Unintentional Cheater" side of the argument, Tiger had a lot of things on his plate back in early 2007 when Grubbs claims they began their affair:
First, he'd lived for a couple of decades under the intense pressure of perfection. Despite the fact that he has been in the media spotlight for a very long time, he's never really had a screw-up. And he is, after all, a human being. None of us can sustain perfection indefinitely.
Second, Tiger's father, by many accounts his north star, died in 2006 after a bout with cancer.
Finally, Tiger's wife Elin was very pregnant with their first child Sam when the alleged affair began. Sleazy? Yes. But is it unheard of for a guy to freak out when his wife gets pregnant, whether at the prospect of a permanent relationship, or terror of the responsibility of becoming a father? Nope. In fact, it happens with astounding frequency.
On the "Serial Cheater" side of the argument, if in fact Woods did have relationships with the three women, Jamiee Grubbs, New York city nightclub hostess Rachel Uchitel, and Las Vegas party planner Kalika Moquin, or more -- it wouldn't be a shock to learn there are even more women who have not yet come forward.
Once might be an accident. Three times is usually a habit.
A voicemail obtained by US MAGAZINE has been circulating the Internet:
"Hey, it's Tiger. I need you to do me a huge favor. Can you please take your name off your phone? My wife went through my phone and may be calling you. So if you can, please take your name off that. Just have it as a number on the voicemail. You got to do this for me. Huge. Quickly. Bye."
Can a couple move forward after one of them has an affair?
Only time will tell. The details of these alleged relationships are still coming to light, and it's pretty obvious that Tiger and Elin will have a lot of challenges in putting their relationship back together if that's what they choose to do. There are a couple of good signs early on -- first, Tiger chose to protect his wife, instead of himself, when rumors were swirling around about the golf club/Escalade fiasco. Second, Yahoo Sports reports that the couple is now seeing a therapist several times a day and that Elin not only received an immediate $5 million dollar payout, she also gained somewhere in the neighborhood of $55 million dollars in a pre-nup revision. In exchange, she has to stick around for a couple more years and keep mum about her story.
Why stick around?
Maybe, just maybe, Elin wants to keep her family together. And maybe, just maybe, Tiger has had a wake-up call, and realizes all he's been risking.
And if nothing else, $55 million and two young children is a pretty good incentive to give couples therapy a try.
For many people, cheating is a deal breaker. And the truth is, if they have any chance of getting through this, Tiger is going to have to own up to what he's done with his wife and take responsibility for all of her hurt and anger around it.
And judging from his history, he might want to steer clear of nightclubs.
Tiger Woods' mistresses: A complete guide
As the Woods affair continues to grab headlines around the world, newspapers and news sites have taken to referring to the women in numerical terms—speaking, for instance, of Tiger Woods' "seventh mistress" or "8th woman." Making it even more confusing, much of the reporting that has driven the tally has come from tabloids and gossip websites, without clear reporting standards. Keeping in mind the caveat that nearly all the "facts" in the Woods affair remain murky, here's a numerical key to the women who have reportedly been involved with the golfer:1. RACHEL UCHITELAge: 34Occupation: "VIP event organizer"Hometown: New York, NYAffair began: June 2009, allegedlyDetails: According to The National Enquirer, Uchitel and Woods met at a nightclub in May of this year. Uchitel, who reportedly has hundreds of text messages and e-mails from Woods, denied the alleged affair, saying, "We have never had an affair, talked on the phone, or sent any type of text, sexy or not." But after Uchitel's lawyer, Gloria Allred, canceled a scheduled press conference during which Uchitel was expected to "come clean" about the affair, reports surfaced of a seven-figure "payoff" from Woods to keep Uchitel silent. Thus far, neither Uchitel nor Woods has admitted to the affair. More recent reports suggest that Uchitel's larger role was to arrange "women for Tiger during his globetrotting excursions."
2. JAIMEE GRUBBSAge: 24Occupation: Cocktail waitressHometown: Los Angeles, NVAffair began: April 2007Details: Grubbs, the second woman linked to Tiger Woods in the press, was the first to openly admit to having been sexually involved with him. Grubbs, who previously appeared on VH1's Tool Academy, told Us Weekly that she and Woods had sex "20 times" since April 2007. She also released a voicemail and text messages from Woods to the magazine. Grubbs has reportedly received $150,000 for the rights to her story. Woods has not yet commented directly about the alleged affair.
3. KALIKA MOQUIN Age: 27Occupation: Marketing manager at the Bank nightclub in Las VegasHometown: Las Vegas, NVAffair began: October 2009 or beforeDetails: Us Weekly has reported that, according to a "reliable source," Woods met Moquin at a Las Vegas event in 2006, and the two spent the night of Oct. 22, 2009, together at Woods's MGM Grand suite. Moquin's statement: "It's not appropriate for me to comment one way or the other." According to the sports blog Deadspin, Moquin also procured women for Woods while he was on tour.
4. JAMIE JUNGERSAge: 26Occupation: Lingerie modelHometown: Las Vegas, NVAffair began: October 2004Details: Jungers, the fourth alleged mistress to surface in press reports, was first named in the British tabloid The Mirror. Her former fiancée says, "I knew Tiger had come on to her and asked for her number. I knew that he called her whenever he came to Las Vegas. But she insisted that nothing was going on." Jungers, a former model for Trashy Girls lingerie, was reportedly in the process of landing a deal with a British tabloid to tell her story when, at the last minute, she decided not to go on the record.
5. MINDY LAWTON Age: 34Occupation: WaitressHometown: Orlando, FLAffair began: April 2006Details: The most outspoken of Tiger's alleged mistresses, Mindy Lawton reportedly met Woods at a Perkins restaurant near the golfer's Isleworth, Fla., home, where Lawton was an $8-per-hour waitress. According to Lawton, their relationship soon turned into an intimate affair with regular rendezvous in Woods's mansion and even in the back seat of his Cadillac in a church parking lot. In an interview with News of the World, she's alluded to "rough" antics. Later she realized that "all he wanted [her] for was sex." Lawton claims to have come forward with details of the affair because she wants "his wife to know what a cheat he has been."
6. CORI RIST Age: 31Occupation: Unknown, socialiteHometown: New York, NYAffair began: January 2008Details: According to unnamed sources, known New York partygoer Cori Rist met Woods last year at Manhattan's Butter nightclub. After the pair ran into each other again at a party, Woods allegedly began flying Rist to meet him while on tour. "Tiger would typically get a large suite at a hotel," a source told the N.Y. Daily News. "Someone would book Cori an adjacent room, so she wouldn't be seen coming into his room." When asked about the affair, Rist refused to comment.
7. HOLLY SAMPSON Age: UnknownOccupation: Adult-film actressHometown: Tucson, AZAffair began: UnknownDetails: Holly Sampson was first named as an alleged mistress by Britian's Daily Mail, which reported that the erotic-film star was "not denying she bedded Tiger." In a video interview recorded in May 2009 for the adult website Naughty America, which surfaced after reports of the affair, Sampson admitted to having had "protected" sex with Woods at his bachelor party. Sampson, who also goes by Nicolette Foster, has appeared in 85 films, including OMG, Stop Tickling Me and Cheating Housewives 6.
8. NAME UNKNOWN Age: UnknownOccupation: Former cocktail waitressHometown: Orlando, FLAffair began: 2004 According to her Orlando attorney, Michael O'Quinn, this so-far-unnamed former cocktail waitress claims to have met Woods when she was 20 years old, while working at the Roxy club in Orlando. The pair, he says, engaged in a two-year affair, before and during his marriage to Elin Nordengren. The woman claims Tiger's marriage to Nordengren was "only for publicity."
9. NAME UNKNOWNAge: UnknownOccupation: TV presenterHometown: England (town unknown)Affair began: 2000Details: Speaking with U.K.'s The Sun newspaper, a "golf insider" claims that Woods had an affair with an as-yet-identified British television personality, describing her as "really sexy and very well-known," and adding that "a very famous golfer—a good friend of mine—told me about [the affair] years ago." According to the source, the unnamed woman was single at the time, but is now married.
10. NAME UNKNOWNAge: UnknownOccupation: UnknownAffair began: UnknownDetails: In the same report by The Sun identifying the "mystery" TV presenter, the newspaper reports that Woods was also said to have had relations with "a sexy-hungry 'cougar.'"
11. VERONICA SIWIK-DANIELS, aka JOSLYN JAMESAge: 39Occupation: Adult-film starHometown: UnknownAffair began: Unknown
Details: According to sports blog Deadspin, Veronica Siwik-Daniels (aka Joslyn James) was Woods' "full-time" mistress for years. An unnamed "VIP concierge" points to Siwik-Daniels's recent Facebook update, which reads, "I find it comical when certain individuals have no life of their own and want to be ME . so terribly bad" as "proof" of the relationship.
12. LOREDANA FERRIOLO, aka LOREDANA JOLIE Age: UnknownOccupation: ModelHometown: New York, NYAffair began: 2006 or early 2007
Details: Hollywood madame Michelle Braun claims to have set up Tiger Woods with former Playboy pinup Loredana Ferriolo (aka Loredana Jolie) "four or five times," and that he paid $15,000-per-evening with the model. Braun also said Woods would pay up to $60,000 for group sex with Ferriolo and other high-priced prostitutes. Speaking through her lawyer, Ferriolo denied that she'd had sex with Woods, but that he gave her money and jewelry.
13. JULIE POSTLEAge: 26Occupation: Former cocktail waitressHometown: Orlando, FLAffair began: 2004
Details: According to the New York Post, former Orlando bartender Brian Kimbrough, 28, claims Tiger Woods "stole" his then-girlfriend, Julie Postle in 2004. Kimbrough said Woods would call Postle on her cell phone, and that she kept his number under the name "Mr. Brightside." Postle's lawyer, Michael O'Quinn declined to comment on the matter.
14. THERESA ROGERSAge: 40s Occupation: UnknownHometown: Wellington, FLAffair began: Unknown
Details: Tiger Woods' affair with Theresa Rogers allegedly began before Woods' marriage to Elin Nordegren and continued for five years, says Radar Online. The report claims Rogers is being represented by Gloria Allred, who also represents Rachel Uchitel. Both Rogers and Allred refused comment.
Are Celebrities Waking Up to 'True Apologies'?
But while public statements have grown in number, true apologies may not be on the rise.
"You come out with it because you talk to some public relations person who's told you [that you] need to get out in front of this," said Peele. "They all seem forced and artificial."
Many celebrities, he said, don't seem to express remorse, and he blames it on bloated egos.
"They're incapable, as starts, of acknowledging what they've done wrong," said Peele. "They just don't have the ability to do that."