Cori Rist, another woman claiming to have an affair with Tiger Woods, is breaking her silence about her alleged two-and-a-half-year fling with the golfer.
On the Today show Monday, she confirmed that she met Woods, 33, at a New York City nightclub in 2006 when a man claiming to be the golfer's trainer invited her and her friends to join Woods for a drink.
"He was not afraid to show his affection in front of everybody that was there," said Rist, 31. "He was very affectionate, and he led me by the hand, and we just kind of disappeared, and that was the start."
Though she said she knew he was married, Rist said Woods always told her his marriage to his wife was on the rocks.
"He was not happy at home with his wife," said Rist, a single mother. "He would stay there because she was pregnant, and they were expecting their first child. Because of his reputation and the image that he has, he had to uphold that."
Rist — who said she is speaking out now because she needs to defend herself against false rumors (including that she is a prostitute) — said she thought she was the only other woman in Woods' life.
But she recalled how in the middle of the night, he would wake up and start texting. Rist said she now believes he was communicating with other women.
Still, she said Woods kept pursing her, asking her to join him in Australia, California and even Dubai. Each time she declined.
They last spoke in September.
"We had an argument over how I don't make enough time for him, and that was it," she said of their two-and-a-half year relationship.
She said she feels sorry his wife Elin, who was photographed over the weekend without her wedding ring.
"I am just sorry for her pain. I hate that I am a part of it," she said. "I feel like I have to take responsibility for the things I've done and one day I am going to have to look my son in the eye and explain all of this."
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