Some aren’t surprised by Tiger Woods mess

Updated: 2009-12-02 14:52
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Some aren’t surprised by Tiger Woods mess

Tiger Woods appeared in a colorful ad for Accenture in Monday’s Wall Street Journal. The headline reads: “The road to high performance isn’t always paved.” By the looks of things, neither is the road out of this latest mess.

As it turns out, when you run into a fire hydrant in the manner that Woods did last week, you stand to spring a lot of leaks. Multiple sources who have known the golfer in either a personal or professional capacity have now come forward saying that news of trouble at home comes as no surprise.

“He’s a pro athlete. He’s been in a lot of situations with women that would not look good,” said one source who knows Woods. “Most athletes of his stature fall under the same category, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t love his family.”

Another source who has covered Woods said that there are plenty of times that Woods was “in the company of women in public places” when he was on the road. “Whether he crossed lines — that’s not something anyone talks about openly, but I can tell you there are times things look that way,” the source said. “Tiger’s private, but it doesn’t always mean he’s smart. That’s the case with a lot of pro athletes.”

And then there’s Rachel Uchitel, the woman the National Enquirer named as being at the center of the controversy. Uchitel “wasn’t just talking about being with Tiger, she was bragging about it,” according to a source who spoke with


Woods out of tournament Nov. 30: Tiger Woods on Monday canceled participation in his own Chevron World Challenge golf tournament, fueling more rumors about his late-night SUV accident. NBC's Mark Potter reports. Nightly News When the site pressed for comment, Uchitel responded, “Of course people will say that.” Like earlier statements she's made about any relationship with Woods, this falls into the “not exactly a denial” category.

What’s next for Woods? He’s pulled out of his upcoming golf tournament, the Chevron World Challenge, due to injuries he sustained during the accident. Which is too bad. Being on the course and reminding people of why he’s really famous would be the best thing for him. Woods’ management never announces his schedule too far in advance, but the best bet for a “comeback” round is the Buick Invitational at San Diego's Torrey Pines in January 2010.