Daily Beast investigative reporter Gerald Posner spoke to two sources who claim to know what really happened the November night Tiger Woods crashed his SUV.
Posner, who appeared on NBC's Today show Monday, says his two sources have discussed various details of the night with Woods' wife, Elin, but they are speaking on the condition of anonymity because she did not give them permission to discuss her conversations with them.
Before the Thanksgiving crash, the sources tell Posner that Woods, 34, gave Elin, 30, advance warning that the National Enquirer was about to run a story claiming that he had an affair with NYC club manager Rachel Uchitel.
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, the sources say.
The day before Thanksgiving, as Internet rumors began to spread, Woods convinced Uchitel to talk to Elin. They had a 30-minute chat. After the conversation, Elin believed the relationship was platonic, the sources say.
But on Thanksgiving, Elin learned some of the Enquirer’s specifics about the purported affair and an argument ensued. To end the bickering, both sources confirm that Woods took Ambien to fall asleep.
While asleep, Elin looked through Woods' cellphone, both sources tell Posner. She found Uchitel’s number (she was listed under her real name) and found a text that read, "You are the only one I've loved."
Shortly after 1 a.m. in Florida, she began texting Uchitel, pretending to be Woods, according to both sources. She wrote, "I miss you," and asked, "When are we seeing each other again?"
Uchitel texted back.
At that point, Elin called Uchitel, who answered thinking it was Woods calling.
Both sources say that Elin said something along the lines of: "I knew it was you."
"Oh f–k!" a surprised Uchitel blurted out and hung up, one source says.
Enraged, Elin woke up Woods by screaming at him. He was disoriented, still in a stupor from the Ambien, the source says.
According to the sources, Elin began hitting him on the chest and arms with her fists, and then finally chased him from the house wielding 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, Posner reports.
Neither source knew the details of how the rear windows in the Escalade were knocked out. One source says Woods lied to police by telling them that his wife smashed them in an attempt to free him from the wreck; he wanted to protect her.
When he was later released from the hospital, Woods was taken to an undisclosed location. Elin was too furious to allow him back home.
Elin – who has two children with Woods, Sam, 2, and Charlie, 10 months – is still furious, but she will wait for Woods to finish sex rehab before making a final decision on whether to pursue a divorce, the sources tell Posner. She reportedly visited him this weekend at the Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services clinic in Hattiesburg, Miss.
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