A year in the life of Tiger: A look back
Thursday, November 25, 2010
A year has passed since Tiger Woods’ middle-of-the-night car crash at his home in Isleworth, which led to revelations of infidelity. In the weeks that followed, Woods lost sponsors, announced an indefinite leave of absence, and remained out of the public eye for nearly three months.
Golfweek.com provided complete coverage as the saga unfolded.
At 2:31 a.m., Woods crashes his SUV outside his mansion in Windermere, Fla. Later, he is treated and released from a nearby hospital. It’s nearly 12 hours before the Florida Highway Patrol issues a report, noting Woods was “seriously” hurt. Windermere’s police chief says Woods’ wife Elin used a golf club to break the back windows of the SUV and pull Woods to safety.
Woods postpones his interview with the FHP as speculation mounts on the Internet as to what precipitated the crash.
Attorney Mark NeJame says Woods will not talk with FHP investigators. . . . The transcript of the 911 call, made by a neighbor, is released. . . . Rachel Uchitel, the New York nightclub hostess identified by the National Enquirer as Woods’ mistress, denies an affair. . . . Woods releases a statement on his Web site accepting responsibility for the crash, adding: “This is a private matter and I want to keep it that way.”
Woods announces in a statement on his Web site that he will not play in the Chevron World Challenge, which benefits his Tiger Woods Foundation, citing injuries.
The FHP fines Woods $164 for careless driving and closes the case, effectively ending any possible criminal investigation amid suspicion of domestic violence.
Us Weekly magazine reports that Jaimee Grubbs, a Los Angeles cocktail waitress, claims she had a 31-month affair with Woods. A voicemail posted to the magazine’s Web site purports to be Woods contacting Grubbs. . . . Woods issues a statement on his Web site saying “I have let my family down” with unspecified “transgressions.” . . . Though much of the golf community expresses support for Woods, Jesper Parnevik, who with his wife had introduced Elin Nordegren, their former nanny, to Woods, says, “All respect I had for the guy is gone.”
Gloria Allred, the attorney for Uchitel, abruptly cancels a news conference scheduled that afternoon. . . . The FHP releases audio of an interview with the 911 caller from the Isleworth crash scene. In it, neighbor Jarius Lavar Adams says he found Woods shoeless and snoring, lying next to his crashed SUV, with wife Elin at his side.
Lisa Bloom, a legal analyst for CBS-TV and the daughter of Allred, Uchitel’s attorney, says Uchitel was paid “at least a million dollars, probably well in excess of a million dollars” for Allred to have backed off at the eleventh hour.
Saturday Night Live lampoons Woods; further alleged transgressions continue to emerge. Woods posts a note on his site thanking his tournament sponsor and fans.
Woods announces that he will take an “indefinite’’ leave from the game to concentrate on his marriage after acknowledging marital infidelity.
Woods addresses the media for the first time since the accident, reading a 13-minute statement at the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse. In the statement, Woods apologizes for his transgressions but does not speak to his return to competitive golf. The appearance runs opposite the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz, drawing mild criticism from fellow Tour players.
Woods arrives at Augusta National for the Masters, his first tournament since winning the Australian Masters in November 2009 for his 82nd career victory. He finishes T-4 at 11-under 277. Together with a T-4 at the U.S. Open in June, it’s his highest finish of the year.
Woods and wife Elin divorce, announcing that they will share parenting of 3-year-old daughter, Sam, and 21-month-old son, Charlie. In a joint statement released by their lawyers, the couple say, “We are sad that our marriage is over and we wish each other the very best for the future.” Details of the divorce settlement are not made public.