In part one of the film, which aired on January 10, the golfer’s former teachers and family friends shared insight into his complicated relationship with his father, Earl Woods, and Tiger’s rise to fame. The first installment ended with Uchitel, one of Tiger’s many alleged mistresses, asking the cameras, “OK. So, what do you want me to talk about?”
During part two, which aired on Sunday, January 17, Uchitel spilled all, including how she met Tiger while working at a New York City nightclub.
“One night I was working at the club and I saw Tiger sipping his drink, talking to nobody,” she recalled. “As I went to leave, he took my phone number and the car probably hadn’t even gotten to the light at the corner, he started texting me. He said something like, ‘When can I see you again?’ It was intimidating, this was Tiger Woods. I knew he was married, I knew he had responsibilities. He said, ‘I want you to fly to Orlando and I’ll come see you there.'”
Tiger married Nordegren in 2004, seven years after he won his first major, the 1997 Masters. The pair went on to welcome daughter Sam in 2007 and son Charlie in 2009. The same year his son was born, the athlete’s personal life blew up in his face.
“I regret that he was married, and I regret the mistakes that I made, but people came at me like they wanted to blame me for the fact that a married man cheated on his wife,” Uchitel said in the doc. “It was like I was the only one that was responsible for Tiger’s action. My name was getting dragged through the mud.”
Tiger marked the first time Uchitel spoke freely about her romance with the golf pro. “I needed to speak for me,” she told Us Weekly ahead of Sunday’s installment. “It’s one way to get the shackles off me. It’s one way for me to get rid of the shame and for me to feel like I get to speak regardless of what people think.”
Uchitel continued: “In a lot of scenarios the men get to have a comeback and the women don’t. I don’t necessarily want to make this a man vs. a woman thing, but in a lot of situations, the women get stuck with the stigma and cannot get away from it, and they just get pigeonholed in this thing. The comments of ‘home-wrecker,’ ‘mistress,’ ‘slut,’ ‘whore’ and the blame just get put on you, and you can’t get away.”
Tiger, for his part, was not interviewed for the film, which his agent slammed in a statement earlier this month. “Just like the book it is based off of, the upcoming HBO documentary is just another unauthorized and salacious outsider attempt to paint an incomplete portrait of one of the greatest athletes of all-time,” Mark Steinberg said in a statement to Golfworld, referring to Armen Keteyian and Jeff Benedict’s biography.
Part one and two of Tiger are currently streaming on HBO Max. Scroll through for the biggest takeaways from part two:
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Tiger Partied in Vegas With Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley
According to Tiffany Masters, a former VIP host in Las Vegas, the hosts would pick out girls to party with Woods, Jordan and Barkley during their trips to Sin City.
“In that entourage, Tiger was a bit of a geek,” Masters said.
Author Armen Keteyian also claimed Woods sought girl advice from Jordan. “Michael, to ever-loving credit, goes, ‘You tell them you’re Tiger Woods,’” Keteyian said. “His ability to live a double-life, it started in Vegas.”
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The First of Many
According to the doc, Woods had an affair with waitress Mindy Lawton, sleeping with her all over Florida — even in a church parking lot — when Nordegren was out of town.
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Uchitel opened up about meeting Woods, claiming that he was texting her within minutes of meeting him. They later met up in Orlando, Florida.
"That was the first night I had sex with him and I remember thinking with him, 'How am I ever gonna be with a mere mortal ever again?'" Uchitel recalled. “So many people put him on a pedestal, and here he was in my bed. He was my Tiger.”
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What Tiger Told Rachel About Elin
Uchitel, who was previously accused of having an affair with married actor David Boreanaz, revealed that she and Woods spoke about his marriage.
“He said, ‘[Elin] doesn't ask questions like you, she's not like you,’” she claimed. “It occurred to me he wanted to have someone to check in with. I asked him a million questions and he wanted to give every single detail he hadn't been able to say in years or ever.”
Woods also allegedly told her, however, that she needed to learn to “compartmentalize” her feelings: “He told me … ‘Push [your feelings] off to the side and think about something else.’”
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Tiger’s Many Lives
Former madam Michelle Braun claimed in the doc that Woods hired madams to set up dates for him “every couple of months … it could be up to 10 girls at a time … young college-cutie types, preferably blonde.”
Another former escort could be heard in the doc claiming that Woods was “into role-playing.”
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Rachel Talks to Elin
According to Uchitel, Woods insisted he needed her at the Australian Masters in 2009 — despite the media preparing a story on their romance. He subsequently connected Uchitel and Nordegren to convince his wife there was nothing going on between them.
"We had an extensive, 30-minute conversation, Elin and I, convincing her that I was not having a sexual relationship with Tiger,” Uchitel claimed. "We talked about how I knew Tiger, how I knew his friends, how and why I was in Australia. The story came out and nobody looked at it. Between the stupid story and phone call with Elin, I remember thinking, 'Oh my God, we're gonna fly right over this.’”
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The Thanksgiving Call
Nordegren (now-infamously) confronted Woods about his affairs on Thanksgiving in November 2009, resulting in him crashing his car outside of their home. Uchitel recalled Nordegren calling her that evening.
"I answered saying something like, 'Hey babe, I thought you went to sleep,’” she claimed. "And instead of Tiger's voice, it was Elin and she said, 'I knew it was you.'"
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How Rachel and Tiger’s Relationship Ended
After the Thanksgiving incident, Woods checked into treatment for sex addiction and Nordegren filed for divorce. According to Uchitel, Woods and his inner circle went quiet as she dealt with the fallout of their relationship until the athlete called her to talk about a confidentiality agreement.
"It was the first time I spoke to him since the accident. He told me that his lawyers were going to call about a settlement of confidentiality. He said to me, ‘Get as much as you can,’” she alleged. "And I think, to him, that was his only way to love me at the time."
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After a stint in rehab for sex addiction, Woods tried to move on with his golf career, but his personal life and previous injuries hindered his game.
Nordegren, meanwhile, tried to protect their kids. The former model’s friend Sandra Sobieraj Westfall recalled Nordegren telling her about her interaction with daughter Sam. “She just sat down amid the moving boxes with her stuff. Sam came over and said, 'What's wrong, Mommy?' ‘Mommy's got a booboo.’ She said, 'Where? I'll kiss it and make it feel better.' And Elin said, 'It's in Mommy's heart.'"
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Cutting Ties With His Caddy Steve Williams
Woods’ friend Amber Lauria and his longtime caddy Steve Williams recalled being cut out of the golfer’s life post-scandal. Williams, for his part, was fired after he agreed to caddie for someone else after Woods said he was taking a break from golf after the 2010 Masters.
"When he fired me, I thought he was firing me as a golf caddy, not firing me as a friend,” Williams said. "Tiger was the best man at my wedding. I didn't think we'd have no communication for the rest of our life. That just didn't even enter my mind. To this day, I find that a hard pill to swallow, someone he spent 13 years with ... the guy can't even speak to you."
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The Rise and Fall
As Woods continued to battle his knee and back injuries, the media encouraged Woods to retire from golf. In May 2017, he was arrested for driving under the influence after taking opioid painkillers and four different prescription drugs, including Xanax and Ambien. (He pleaded guilty and was ordered to complete DUI school, community service and placed on probation for 12 months.) While the arrest was one of Woods’ lowest points, he was two years away from a major comeback, winning the 2019 Masters.
"A lot of people would spin it like he was a different man now, he's the conquering hero,” family friend Pete McDaniel told the HBO cameras before bringing it back to Woods’ father. ”But these are the same people that when he was riding high, they were pulling for him to fall. And when he failed, they jumped on him with both feet. And when he rose again, all of a sudden he is a virtuous man now. Which to me, is bulls—t. He's a human being, with frailties like everyone else. The problem is, we always tried to make him out to be more than he is — and that goes all the way back to Earl."
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