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Porn star added to Tiger's list of alleged mistresses

Officer releases report on golfer's ill-fated car crash

Tom Leonard in New York

Published 08/12/2009 | 05:00

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TIGER Woods faced widespread ridicule yesterday amid more lurid claims about his private life.

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The embarrassment has increased with the ill-timed publication of the new edition of 'Golf Digest' magazine, with the headline '10 Tips Obama Can Take From Tiger' emblazoned on the cover. Internet pranksters, meanwhile, have found new Woods-related uses for 'Just Do It', the motto of his biggest sponsor, Nike.

Experts questioned how long sponsors would stand by a sports star who has become an international laughing stock, as a porn star was named as his alleged seventh mistress. Lawyers for Holly Sampson, the 36-year-old star of films such as 'Diary of A Horny Housewife' and 'Emmanuelle in Paradise', would not speak on the matter.

Sampson joins an assorted list of well-endowed and usually blonde cocktail waitresses, models and nightclub promoters who have been named as mistresses of Woods. They reportedly also include a British television presenter.

Woods, the first billionaire sportsman, earned an estimated $100m(€68m) last year, much of it from sponsorship. Major sponsors, including Nike and EA Sports, insisted yesterday that their relationship with Woods was solid, but some observers believe they must be concerned. "Sponsors must be worried that this is damaging their brand," said Mike Paul, a public relations specialist.

There was further bad news for the golfer last night as further details about his encounter with a fire hydrant were revealed by a police officer who responded to the accident outside his Florida home. The officer said that he found two iron golf clubs on the ground and $235 (€159) in the vehicle.

The Windermere police officer said in a report that Woods was at first unresponsive, lying on the road covered in a blanket and resting his head on a pillow. The officer said Woods tried to stand up before the officer told him to lie down for his safety. The officer used the pillow to immobilise the golfer's spine.

He also said that Woods was bleeding from cut lips but was breathing normally. His wife, Elin, was kneeling over him.

The car's engine was still running, the front passenger door was jammed and both rear door windows were smashed. The two golf clubs were next to a golf cart, which also was in the road, the report said.

The accident -- and Woods' refusal to answer questions about it -- fuelled speculation about a possible dispute between the golfer and his wife.

Just days before the crash, a 'National Enquirer' story alleged Woods had been seeing a New York nightclub hostess, Rachel Uchitel. After the crash, 'Us Weekly' reported that Jaimee Grubbs, a Los Angeles cocktail waitress, claimed she had a 31-month affair with Woods.

Transgressions

Last week, Woods issued a statement saying he had let his family down with unspecified "transgressions" that he regrets with "all of my heart". He did not elaborate.

The officer's report was released yesterday in response to state public records requests. It showed the cash was in the centre console of Woods' Cadillac Escalade.

The Florida Highway Patrol last week closed its inquiry into the crash after fining the golfer $164 (€110). Woods was cited for careless driving. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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