Breaking news: Tiger Woods had affairs! He cheated!
It’s hard to imagine what we don’t know about the world’s top golfer 121 mistresses later, but People magazine reporter Steve Helling is ready to tell all.
Interestingly, he said he could have blown the whistle long ago, but declined to out Tiger’s shady dalliances for fear of having access to Woods revoked.
“Over the years, I had heard rumors of Tiger’s partying – drunken nights at the clubs, dirty dancing with other women, phone numbers slipped to pretty blondes,” he writes in his new book Tiger, “But I didn’t follow up.”
The reason? Helling didn’t want to be cut off from the golden golfer. That’s what makes People different from the stop-at-nothing National Enquirer.
Everyone just looked the other way with Tiger’s dealings.
“Negative coverage of Tiger – even positive coverage that wasn’t micromanaged – would often result in excommunication from Tiger Woods’ camp,” he writes. “It was in everyone’s best interest to sweep rumors under the rug.”
But now the cat is out of the bag – a huge thank you to Rachel Uchitel, Jaimee Grubbs et al. – and he’s ready to tell ALL. Hey, better late than never, man.
“Marriage hadn’t changed Tiger’s appetite for sex, and he was always on the prowl for women,” he writes of Woods, who was apparently looking around as soon as he and beautiful Swede Elin Nordegren said “I do” back in 2004.
“[Tiger] dated a lot of girls even after he was married to Elin. When he was filming some commercials at Universal Studios, he asked out a few girls, and this was after he was married. If they said no, he’d move on.'”
Helling insists that he wasn’t the only one who ignored Tiger’s infidelities. He claims a club owner in Florida saw Tiger “drinking and dancing with a woman who wasn’t his wife” in 2006 and called celebrity gossip weeklies.
One Swedish model wife is never enough.
No one called back. That’s precisely why Tiger stayed in bed with mistresses – and out of the news – throughout a supposedly squeaky-clean career.
Amid reports that Tiger met with a divorce lawyer, Helling says: “It took 13 calculated years to shape his image, and just two weeks to destroy it.”
Or one nine-iron to the face.