March 26, 2010

Nike has 'no comment' on new Tiger Woods commercial

Posted: 06:00 PM ET

Tiger Woods is reportedly getting back in the sponsorship game.

According to TMZ, Woods shot a commercial for Nike at the Isleworth Country Club golf course not far from where he lives in Windermere, Florida.

Following allegations that Woods had cheated on his wife with multiple women, some sponsors backed away from their longstanding relationships with the golf superstar.

 A spokesperson for Nike declined to comment to CNN on whether Woods was filming a commercial. Woods is scheduled to participate in the upcoming Masters Tournament next month.

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March 23, 2010

Elin sat out Tiger's interviews on their yacht

Posted: 08:31 AM ET

( - While Tiger Woods sat for two five-minute TV interviews Sunday, wife Elin Nordegren was on the family yacht Privacy with only her two children and a nanny.

Though Woods, 34, told ESPN in his first Q&A since the sex scandal broke in November that he and his wife, 30, are working to repair their marriage, "Nordegren is not happy" because "the trust is gone," a source told People.

On Friday, the former model from Sweden took the children Sam, 2, and Charlie, 1, on the yacht at Old Port Cove Marina - 150 miles away from their father.

Nordegren and the kids, along with a nanny, spent two nights aboard the triple-deck, $22 million vessel, but never ventured out to sea.

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March 22, 2010

Tiger Woods gives his first interview since Nov. crash

Posted: 08:24 AM ET

Tiger Woods said Sunday that he is focused on "living a life of amends" after "living the life of a lie" in one of his first interviews since a November car crash outside his home unleashed a media frenzy amid rumors of extramarital affairs.

The brief, five-minute interview on ESPN was one of two the professional golfer granted Sunday afternoon at the Isleworth golf club near his home outside Orlando, Florida. The Golf Channel simultaneously aired its similarly brief interview with Woods on Sunday night.

Woods credited inpatient and outpatient therapy for helping him start the process toward making amends.

"It was tough," he told ESPN's Tom Rinaldi of the therapy. "To look at yourself in a light that you never want to look at yourself, that's pretty brutal. ... I saw a person that I never thought I would ever become."

Woods said two of his lowest points in the past four months came when he had to tell his wife, Elin Woods, and his mother about his affairs.

"Those are the two people in my life who I'm closest to, and to say the things that I've done, truthfully to them, is ... honestly ... was ... very painful," he said.

Woods told The Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman that his mentor and father, the late Earl Woods, "would be very disappointed in me."

"I wish I could have had his guidance through all of this," he told Tilghman. "Have him help straighten me up. I know he would have done it."

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March 18, 2010

Alleged Tiger Woods mistress publishes 'sext' messages

Posted: 08:00 PM ET

Los Angeles, California (CNN) - A former porn actress who says she had a three-year intimate relationship with Tiger Woods posted text messages online Thursday that she says the golfer sent her last year.

"I just wanted to let the public know what the relationship was and that he has not taken responsibility for his behavior," said Veronica Siwik-Daniels, who goes by the screen name Joslyn James.

"Everyone else can draw their own conclusions from that," she said.

The Web site displayed 120 text messages purported to have been sent to her by Woods between July and October of last year.

The messages document "just a brief part of the time we had together," Siwik-Daniels said.

Woods publicly apologized for his extramarital affairs last month, but he has never disclosed the names of any of his lovers. The golfer's management company did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment on the text messages.

Many of the texts provide information on hotel room numbers and times for meetings, including instructions to be discreet. A number of messages are explicitly sexual.


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March 16, 2010

Tiger's Return at the Masters: It's About Control

Posted: 02:58 PM ET

By Tim Cowlishaw

Five reasons why it makes the most sense for Tiger Woods to return to golf at the Masters in April rather than at any of the Florida tournaments this month as a possible tune-up for Augusta.

1. Given that golf is played in a much more controlled environment than any other sport to begin with, the Masters is the king of control. Fan behavior that might be acceptable at, say, the Byron Nelson is not allowed at Augusta National. You might get away with a "you da man" cheer after a tee shot. And that's about it. Anything else and you'll find yourself escorted out onto Washington St.

2. The media is controlled in much the same way. Those photographers' clicks that occasionally cause Woods to stop in mid-swing and send his caddie, Steve Williams, into fits? Not inside the ropes at Augusta.

3. Tiger's likely to play a reduced schedule upon his return for this year and maybe for good. I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't play more than 14-15 events a year, focusing even more on the majors than he already was.


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Tiger Woods will return to golf at Masters

Posted: 12:04 PM ET

Tiger Woods announced he will make his much-anticipated return to golf at the Masters in April.

"The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect," Woods said in a statement, now on his Web site. "After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I’m ready to start my season at Augusta."

Woods, 34, stepped away from the tour late last year after crashing his black Cadillac Escalade into a fire hydrant and then a tree near his home outside Orlando, Florida.

“The major championships have always been a special focus in my career and, as a professional, I think Augusta is where I need to be, even though it’s been a while since I last played," Woods said in a statement.

Billy Payne, Chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, said in a statement he supported Woods.

“We support Tiger’s decision to return to competitive golf beginning at this year’s Masters Tournament," Payne said. "Additionally, we support and encourage his stated commitment to continue the significant work required to rebuild his personal and professional life.”

The early-morning crash set off a barrage of infidelity allegations against the golfer, who is married to Elin Nordegren. The couple has two children.

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March 12, 2010

Will Tiger Woods return to golf sooner than later?

Posted: 08:56 AM ET

After a day of rampant speculation from sources who were sure they knew what they were talking about, Tiger Woods' agent told CNN Thursday that the troubled golfer had not decided when he would return to the links.

"No decisions have been made yet," said Mark Steinberg.

Woods, 34, stepped away from the tour late last year after crashing his black Cadillac Escalade into a fire hydrant and then a tree near his home outside Orlando, Florida.

The early-morning crash set off a barrage of infidelity allegations
against the golfer, who is married to Elin Nordegren. The couple has two

Last month, Woods apologized in a tightly-controlled televised statement for his "irresponsible and selfish" behavior, which he said included infidelity.

He left open the possibility of a return to golf later this year, but
said that questions about whether he and his wife will remain together are between a husband and a wife, emphasizing the privacy that he became known for long before November.

"As Elin pointed out to me, my real apology to her will not come in the form of words, it will come from my behavior over time," he said then. "We have a lot to discuss. However, what we say to each other will remain between the two of us."

Woods lost some of his sponsors in the aftermath, but others, including Nike, stuck by him.

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March 10, 2010

Tiger Woods's college girlfriend: 'He deserves another chance'

Posted: 08:49 AM ET

Tiger Woods has apologized for repeatedly cheating on his wife - and he's getting some support from an old flame who believes the golfer can be redeemed.

"I support him 100 percent," said Irene Folstrom, who said she dated Woods in the mid-1990s when they were undergrads at Stanford University. "Of course, he was unfaithful and he has his faults, but he is really a good person."

Folstrom, 35, who lives in northern Minnesota, hasn't spoken to the golfer in more than 10 years, but says she has kept up with mutual college pals who report that Woods is focused on winning back wife Elin Nordegren.

"He is willing to do whatever it takes to salvage his marriage and his reputation and his professional life," said Folstrom. "He is focusing on his family, his marriage and his children."

Maintaining that the golfer was faithful to her when they dated, Folstrom said she was taken aback when she heard of his multiple affairs.

"It was a complete surprise because the Tiger I know would never have done anything like this," she said. "He has so much self-control and is so disciplined. When he married Elin, I thought he would settle down ... I don't know where it fell apart."

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February 22, 2010

Dalai Lama: Who's Tiger Woods?

Posted: 07:28 PM ET

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Not everyone caught that Tiger Woods press conference last week, starting with a major spiritual leader of the faith the golfer may use to help him cope with a sex scandal.

In what was described as a "brief interview," the Dalai Lama told The Associated Press that he had never heard of Woods, who last week said he plans to explore anew the Buddhist teachings from his childhood.

When the matter was explained to the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader (who was in Beverly Hills, California, for a speech Saturday), he replied that "all religions have the same idea" about adultery.

"Whether you call it Buddhism or another religion, self-discipline, that's important," he said. "Self-discipline with awareness of consequences."

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