Affairs: Tiger Backs Off “No One Knew” Claim

In a March 21 interview, Kelly Tilghman of The Golf Channel asked Tiger Woods about media reports that indicated members of his “inner circle” knew of “misdoings“.

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Woods:

That is not true, it was all me. I’m the one who did it, I’m the one who acted the way I acted, no one knew what was going on. I’m sure if more people would have known in my inner circle they would’ve, they would’ve stopped it…or tried to put a stop to it but I kept it all to myself.

Larry Dorman of the NEW YORK TIMES follows up with Woods about that statement, which based on hard evidence presented by alleged Woods mistresses, appears to be untrue.

In a statement to Dorman, Woods said:

“No one is responsible for my behavior but me. Even though there were times when I deceived various people in my organization, most were simply told little to nothing and kept in the dark. Obviously, I did this to avoid owning up to my actions. I expressed regret for that manipulation because the fault is mine alone and so is the blame.”

So is Woods now intimating that members of his “inner circle” may have unwittingly aided in the execution of his extramarital affairs?

Yes. Read more…

Team Tiger Purge Commencing After The Masters?

Monday Robert Lusetich of FoxSports.com was the first to bring up the possible ouster of Tiger Woods caddy Steve Williams.

Tiger Woods Joslyn James Steve Williams

A high-profile golfer has been laying bets that Williams would be axed and replaced with Billy Foster, a well-respected Englishman who caddies for Lee Westwood.

Foster, who said last week that he knew nothing of any such plan, filled in for Williams at the 2005 Presidents Cup so Williams could be with his wife, Kirsty, as she gave birth to their first son.

In the same piece, Williams confirmed to Lusetich that he will work The Masters, but now more speculation from a credible source is percolating that Williams will be replaced after Augusta. Veteran golf reporter Ryan Ballengee:

Steve Williams made no affirmation beyond Augusta National, and there is increasing talk that Tiger could be making a change on the bag sooner than later. 

One indication from a source was that Fred Couples’ long time man, Joe LaCava, could be plucked by Woods to replace Stevie.

Of late Williams has continued to be weighed down by allegations that he knew of Woods’ extramarital affairs. He’s repeatedly (sometimes angrily) denied such claims, most recently leveled by alleged Woods mistress Joslyn James.

Today James produced an email she claimed was received from Tiger Woods Design President Bryon Bell confirming travel arrangements for her that helped facilitate a tryst with Woods in Charlotte in 2007:

Tiger Woods friend Bryon Bell Email To Joslyn James

Bell, who has known Woods since childhood and oversees his golf course design company, has also been cited via documents obtained by TMZ.com as enabling a meeting between Woods and Rachel Uchitel in Australia. That hookup is what produced the NATIONAL ENQUIRER story that ultimate brought down Woods. Read more…

Documents Debunk Tiger’s ‘It was all me’ Claim

Yesterday Tiger Woods confirmed to Tom Rinaldi of ESPN that he had more than one extramarital affair.

Rinaldi: You’ve said you’ve made transgressions. How would you, in your own words, describe the depth of your infidelity?
Woods: Well, just one is, is enough. And obviously that wasn’t the case.

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During his Sunday interview with Kelly Tilghman of The Golf Channel, Woods denied that any of his “inner circle” knew of his now-admitted multiple affairs. An inner circle that undoubtedly includes his longtime friend and President of Tiger Woods Design Bryon Bell.

Tilghman: It’s been reported that members of your team, your inner circle were involved in your misdoings, is it true?

Woods: That is not true, it was all me. I’m the one who did it, I’m the one who acted the way I acted, no one knew what was going on. I’m sure if more people would have known in my inner circle they would’ve, they would’ve stopped it…or tried to put a stop to it but I kept it all to myself.

Woods denial that his “inner circle” knew of his extramarital affairs is contradicted by documents obtained by TMZ.com. TMZ reported that emails and a travel itineraries attributed to Bell helped facilitate the golfer’s “rendezvous” with Rachel Uchitel in Australia. Read more…

Woods Uchitel-Enabler Reps Huge Tiger Biz Deal

Today Ron Green, Jr., of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER has a piece on the North Carolina development that will feature one of the first Tiger Woods-designed courses. The course, called The Cliffs at High Carolina, is still apparently a go and the project leader for Team Tiger is none other than Woods flunky Bryon Bell.

Tiger Woods: Inspired by golf, Motel 6

(Motel 6 outbid Perkins for coveted placement)

Yes, Bell is the same guy who TMZ.com reported, with his own personal credit card, booked Rachel Uchitel’s flight and hotel room to Australia where she was ambushed by the NATIONAL ENQUIRER. The Enquirer’s piece on Uchitel’s Bell-enabled *alleged* tryst with Woods reportedly contributed to his Thanksgiving car accident.

Bryon Bell booked Rachel Uchitel's flight and hotel room to Australia

(Bell reportedly even flew with Woods *alleged* mistress Uchitel to Australia!)

Bell also was one of the “close friends” of Woods who attended his “talk” last Friday in Orlando. A talk not attended by Woods wife Elin Nordegren.

The Observer reported today that the Woods-designed golf layout in Asheville is still on course. How do we know? Because Bryon Bell informed the Charlotte newspaper of it.  Read more…