FINALLY! Two sources who know Tiger’s wife, Elin Nordegren, and have discussed various details of the story with her, have provided a minute-by-minute account that answers the majority of the questions surrounding her husbands scandal (From The Daily Beast)
- Tiger gave Elin advance warning that the “National Enquirer” was about to run a story claiming that he had an affair with Rachel Uchitel, a nightlife entrepreneur. He swore to Elin that the story was false and that he had only met Uchitel once or twice at social outings.
- Elin remained suspicious, so on November 25, the day before Thanksgiving, Tiger convinced Uchitel to talk to Elin. The two women spoke on the phone for a half hour, and after the conversation, Elin was satisfied that the relationship was platonic.
- The next day, Thanksgiving, Elin learned some of the Enquirer’s specifics about the affair, including a recent rendezvous in Australia. That evening, the two argued. Tiger decided to end the fight, by taking Ambien and going to sleep.
- After Woods fell asleep, Elin looked through his cellphone. She found text messages to Uchitel’s number and among them she discovered one that said, “You are the only one I’ve loved.”
- Shortly after 1 a.m., Elin began texting Uchitel, pretending to be Tiger. She wrote, “I miss you,” and asked, “When are we seeing each other again?” Uchitel texted back, seemingly surprised that Woods was awake. (This response indicated that the two of them spoke earlier that night, before Tiger took his Ambien.)
- Elin then called Uchitel, who answered thinking it was Tiger calling. Elin said something approximating, “I knew it was you.” Uchitel’s surprised reply, “Oh f–k.” She immediately hung up.
- Elin became enraged and woke Tiger by screaming at him. He seemed disoriented, still in a stupor from the Ambien. She grabbed his cellphone out of the bathroom, of which he’d locked himself in for several minutes; Tiger had sent another short text to Uchitel warning that Elin had uncovered the affair, that he was about to pack, and that a divorce might be imminent.
- Elin exploded, trying to hit him on the chest and arms with her fists, and then finally chasing him from the house while she wielded a golf club. Shoeless, he ran into the car and barreled out of the driveway before careening off a fire hydrant and then smashing into a tree.