The truth about the Tiger Woods incident

For the first time we have a blow by blow account of what happened between Tiger Woods and his wife Elin Nordregen the day his world crashed down on him last Thanksgiving. It’s in today’s New York Post. A story in yesterday’s Post covers the same ground, but in less detail. (Also, in today’s Post, it’s reported that Elin does not want a divorce, and recently visited her husband at the sex addiction clinic in Mississippi where he is staying.)

The Post’s articles are based on a big article in the Daily Beast, “Tiger’s Thanksgiving Mystery—Solved.” And guess who wrote it? Not your usual scandal writer, but Gerald Posner, author of Case Closed, the book that finally laid to rest three decades of uncertainty and conspiracy theories about the assassination of President Kennedy.

Here is the beginning of Posner’s article:

While the Tiger Woods drama has played out in an extraordinarily public way, the details from before and after the golfer’s Thanksgiving night car crash—the trigger for one of the costliest sports-related scandals ever—have remained shrouded in mystery. Two sources who know Tiger’s wife, Elin Nordegren, and have discussed various details of the story with her, have corroborated a minute-by-minute account that answers the majority of the questions surrounding what might be the most expensive car crash in history.

Among their revelations:

* Just before Tiger’s affair with Rachel Uchitel was reported in the National Enquirer, he put Uchitel on the phone with his wife for a half-hour, so she could convince Elin the relationship was platonic.

* Elin confirmed her lingering suspicions about Tiger’s affair with Uchitel by impersonating her husband in text messages with Uchitel, prompting the rage that led to Woods fleeing his house.

* Tiger had taken the sedative Ambien that night, and was in a stupor when Elin woke him following her sting operation on Uchitel.

* After his wife’s wakeup, Tiger sent Uchitel a panicky text warning her that Elin had discovered the affair and implying that divorce was imminent. Elin quickly found this text as well, which precipitated her chasing him out of the house with a golf club.

* Tiger did not immediately return home when he was released from the hospital, likely explaining why Elin did not accede to much-publicized requests from visiting police officers to chat with Woods.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at January 26, 2010 09:02 PM | Send

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