Rachel Uchitel was the first mistress to be linked to the married Tiger Woods, and the one whose romance with him led to his car crash November 27.
After Woods wrecked his car, his reputation followed suit. Thanks, Jaimee Grubbs, Kalika Moquin, Jamie Jungers, Mindy Lawton and maybe Cori Rist!
But it was Uchitel whose relationship with Woods was deemed the most dangerous by the golfer's camp - and that's why he decided to pay her off.
Rachel was about to hold a press conference last week when she pulled the plug at the last minute after a secret phone call with Tiger Woods' reps.
Tiger's camp believed she had leaked the story of their affair, but on the phone, Uchitel convinced Tiger she had nothing to do with the publication.
He believed her, but also believed that in hiring attorney Gloria Allred, Uchitel was going to cash in now or later. Tiger decided to buy her discretion.
Reports suggest Rachel Uchitel got at least $1 million from Tiger Woods.
Tiger felt it was important to silence Rachel Uchitel more than any other woman because his relationship with her was current and the most intense.
Woods knew there would be little doubt about the intensity of their relationship if the "hundreds" of explicit texts and emails he sent became public.
Fortunately for us, before the affair was exposed, she showed a friend an email Tiger wrote about having crazy Ambien sex and threesome dreams.
If that's any indication of what their relationship consisted of, there's no telling what we don't know. And that's why Woods wanted her to shut her yap.
Despite advice from some people in his camp who didn't want to give in to Glorida Allred or pay Uchitel, Tiger took control and made the call to pay her.
Now, we will never know what happened and he can begin rebuilding his images. Well, except for the fact that he's got five other mistress and counting.