Tiger's mistress tried to convince his wife they weren't having affair
Tiger Woods’ mistress Rachel Uchitel reveals she called his wife Elin Nordegren to try to convince her they were NOT having an affair – days before she chased him out of the house and took a golf club to his SUV on Thanksgiving
- Rachel Uchitel lifted the lid on her relationship with Tiger Woods in part two of the HBO documentary Tiger, aired Sunday
- She said Woods tried to hide their affair by having her call his wife Elin Nordegren while Uchitel joined him at the Australian Masters in 2009
- ‘We had an extensive, 30-minute conversation, Elin and I, convincing her that I was not having a sexual relationship with Tiger,’ Uchitel recalled
- She said she thought Nordegren believed her story, saying: ‘Oh my God, we’re gonna fly right over this’
- But days later Nordegren confronted Woods about his infidelity on Thanksgiving
- Uchitel said Nordegren also called her that night and said: ‘I knew it was you’
- The HBO documentary was released weeks after DailyMail.com revealed Uchitel’s latest alleged affair
Tiger Woods’ infamous mistress Rachel Uchitel has revealed how she called his wife Elin Nordegren to convince her they were not sexually involved just days before the affair was exposed.
Uchitel, the first of more than a dozen women who were identified as Woods’ mistresses in 2009, lifted the lid on her relationship with the golf pro in part two of the HBO documentary Tiger, aired Sunday.
Her account offers an inside look at Woods’ desperate efforts to prevent Nordegren from discovering his infidelity as media outlets edged closer to exposing it.
Uchitel said Woods connected her with Nordegren after she joined him at the Australian Masters in November 2009 at his insistence.
‘We had an extensive, 30-minute conversation, Elin and I, convincing her that I was not having a sexual relationship with Tiger,’ Uchitel recalled.
‘We talked about how I knew Tiger, how I knew his friends, how and why I was in Australia.’
Soon after, the National Enquirer published an article about Uchitel and Woods’ affair, but she said: ‘The story came out and nobody looked at it. Between the stupid story and phone call with Elin, I remember thinking: “Oh my God, we’re gonna fly right over this.”‘
But a few days later Uchitel was forced to face reality, as Nordegren confronted Woods about his adultery by chasing him out of their home and smashing his SUV with a golf club on Thanksgiving.
Tiger Woods’ mistress Rachel Uchitel, 45, lifted the lid on her relationship with the golf pro in part two of the HBO documentary Tiger, aired Sunday
Uchitel recalled how Woods connected her with his wife Elin Nordegren in November 2009. Over the course of a 30-minute phone call, Uchitel sought to convince Nordegren that she was not having an affair with Woods. Pictured: Woods and Nordegren in October 2009
Uchitel said she thought she’d successfully convinced Nordegren that she was merely friends with Woods – but days later Nordegren confronted her husband about their infidelity. Uchitel is pictured days after the scandal broke on November 29, 2009
In the documentary Uchitel, 45, appears weary, having spent the last decade known as ‘Tiger Woods’ mistress’.
Finally setting the record straight, she said: ‘I have stayed quiet about this story but at this point I have nothing left to lose. My name hasn’t lost the stigma at all.’
Uchitel recounted how she first met Woods, 45, while working at Griffin, an exclusive nightclub in New York where she saw him sitting alone and chatted to him.
‘As I went to leave, he took my phone number and the car probably hadn’t even gotten to the light at the corner, he started texting me,’ she claimed.
‘He said something like: “When can I see you again?” It was intimidating, this was Tiger Woods. I knew he was married, I knew he had responsibilities. He said: “I want you to fly to Orlando and I’ll come see you there.”‘
It was in Orlando that the pair had sex for the first time, according to Uchitel.
‘I remember thinking how am I ever going to be with a mere mortal again because so many people put him on such a pedestal and here he was in my bed, and he was my Tiger,’ she said.
Reflecting on their relationship, Uchitel said they ‘really enjoyed being with each other’.
‘He would refer to it as “plugging in,”‘ she said. ‘He would tell me when he saw me he felt he could plug in and get recharged.
‘He had trouble sleeping and would have to take Ambien. I’d sit next to him for hours while he’d fall asleep next to me and when he got up he allowed himself to be a little kid.
‘It sounds kind of odd. He would eat cereal and he’d watch his cartoons and he was like a fountain, he wanted to talk and talk and talk.’
In the documentary Uchitel, 45, appears weary, having spent the last decade known as ‘Tiger Woods’ mistress’. Finally setting the record straight, she said: ‘I have stayed quiet about this story but at this point I have nothing left to lose. My name hasn’t lost the stigma at all’
Uchitel agreed with the argument of the documentary that the root of Woods’ problems was his father Earl’s obsession to make him into not just the world’s best golfer, but a Gandhi-like figure who would transcend the sport and bring joy to the world.
Woods succeeded in his father’s mission but the price was that he became a winning machine, but inside he was a scared little boy who never expressed himself.
‘He told me a lot about his childhood, his dad and he was sick of trying to hide who he was but he was so scared of the real Tiger not living up to the Tiger that everybody else thinks he is,’ Uchitel said.
The argument of the documentary is that the root of Woods’ problems was his father Earl’s (pictured together in 1991) obsession to make him into not just the world’s best golfer, but a Gandhi-like figure who would transcend the sport and bring joy to the world
‘One day I did ask him why he didn’t check in at home with Elin. He said she doesn’t ask questions like you, she’s not like you.
‘It occurred to me he wanted someone to check in with. I asked him a million questions and he wanted to give every single detail he hadn’t been able to say in years or ever.’
One day when Woods was dropping her off at the airport, Uchitel told him she would miss him.
He told her to ‘learn to compartmentalize your feelings, push them off to the side and think about something else’, she said.
Their affair became public after Woods summoned Uchitel to the Australian Masters, telling her: ‘I can’t win if you’re not here.’
‘This man that everybody wanted a piece of only wanted me. That’s the biggest “I love you” you could hear,’ she said.
The National Enquirer had been monitoring Woods for months and a reporter followed her up in the elevator and watched her go into Woods’ suite, which was proof enough for the story to run.
Woods and Uchitel’s affair became public after the golfer summoned her to the Australian Masters in 2009. He told her that ‘I can’t win if you’re not here’ so she flew to be with him. Pictured: Woods at the Australian Masters in 2009
Looking back, Uchitel (pictured in 2008) said: ‘I regret that he was married and I regret the mistakes that I made but people came at me like they wanted to blame me for the fact a married man cheated on his wife’
Woods tried to persuade Nordegren that Uchitel was a friend by putting the pair on the phone together. He and Uchitel believed their ruse had worked when the Enquirer story came out with little blowback.
On Thanksgiving Uchitel said she was texting Woods about how they had ‘gotten away unscathed in what could have been a complete nightmare’.
Then she got a text saying: ‘You were the only one I ever loved’. Uchitel felt that things had ‘never been better’ between them, she said.
Woods said he was taking an Ambien and going to sleep but a short while later Uchitel got another text saying: ‘When am I going to see you again’, and then the phone rang.
Surprised, Uchitel answered with ‘hey babe’, but it was Nordegren who told her: ‘I knew it was you.’
Nordegren and Woods got into a ferocious argument that led to her chasing him out of the house with a golf club and smashing the window of his SUV before he crashed it into a tree.
After the incident the affair became public and Woods’ world collapsed and a slew of women came forward to claim they had affairs with him.
Nordegren, whom Woods married in 2004 and had two young children with, divorced him for a reported $100million, and he checked into rehab for sex addiction.
Nordegren and Woods got into a ferocious argument that led to her chasing him out of the house with a golf club and him crashing his SUV into a tree
The SUV window Nordegren smashed during the heated dispute is shown above
In the wake of the scandal, Woods called Uchitel (pictured in 2009) and said his lawyers would arrange a confidentiality settlement, telling her: ‘Get as much [money] as you can.’ In the HBO documentary she said: ‘I think to him that was his only way to love me at the time’
Looking back, Uchitel said: ‘I regret that he was married and I regret the mistakes that I made but people came at me like they wanted to blame me for the fact a married man cheated on his wife.
‘It was like I was the only one that was responsible for Tiger’s action. My name was getting dragged through the mud.’
In the wake of the scandal, Woods called Uchitel and said his lawyers would arrange a confidentiality settlement, telling her: ‘Get as much [money] as you can.’
‘I think to him that was his only way to love me at the time,’ Uchitel said.
Woods continued winning for a few years but injuries destroyed his form and he hit rock bottom in 2017 when he was arrested for a DUI in Palm Beach County with five different kinds of drugs in his system.
Uchitel told Us Weekly she agreed to appear in the HBO documentary because: ‘I needed to speak for me.
‘It’s one way to get the shackles off me. It’s one way for me to get rid of the shame and for me to feel like I get to speak regardless of what people think.’
She continued: ‘In a lot of scenarios the men get to have a comeback and the women don’t. I don’t necessarily want to make this a man versus a woman thing, but in a lot of situations, the women get stuck with the stigma and cannot get away from it, and they just get pigeonholed in this thing.
The comments of “home-wrecker”, “mistress”, “slut”, “whore” and the blame just get put on you, and you can’t get away.’
Uchitel became embroiled in a new scandal earlier this month when DailyMail.com exposed her affair with another married man, lawyer Ed Batts, whom she was seen kissing at Denver airport.
A week after their romantic getaway to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Batts left his wife of six years for a new life in West Palm Beach, Florida with Uchitel and her eight-year-old daughter Wyatt.
The 45-year-old’s claims come after DailyMail.com revealed she was recently caught with Her another married man, lawyer Ed Batts, who she was seen kissing at Denver airport last month
Last week DailyMail.com revealed that Uchitel met Batts on a sugar daddy website called Seeking Arrangement, which connects women with wealthy men willing to pay for their company.
Since joining in November, Uchitel has made at least two ‘arrangements’ with men she has met on the site – one of whom is Batts, 47.
DailyMail.com obtained texts sent by Uchitel to a friend where she boasts about corporate lawyer Batts taking over her rent – but worried he was a ‘one’ in terms of looks.
Uchitel went on to talk about how he offered to pay her a monthly allowance, bought her an iPhone and offered to change the locks on his $5.5million San Diego mansion so she that she could move in after his devastated wife was kicked out.
Her other fling on the site was with a Florida businessman that netted her $10,000 – and she sent her friend a photo of herself cradling an envelope containing $5,000 in cash after they spent their first night together on his yacht.
In a statement to DailyMail.com, Uchitel said: ‘Seeking Arrangement is a dating site just like bumble or match and you see the same faces on all the same sites.
‘I didn’t add any thing on [my] wish list. What’s on here has been added without my knowledge.
‘I had one relationship from the site and it wasn’t Ed Batts. We had a relationship and not his [sic] was illegal and it was private and it worked for us.’
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