Tiger Woods admitted ‘marriage a sham’ – Lover
Tiger Woods tips his Nike cap on the 18th hole during the final round of the 2007 Masters golf tournament / AP Source: AP
- Nike says it will stand by Woods
- Other sponsors leaving due to infidelity
- Wife spotted not wearing wedding ring
TIGER Woods used the title of a Killers song as an alias when calling his latest alleged mistress, her former boyfriend claims.
Julie Postle, 25, has been identified as the young waitress who Woods wooed at Orlando’s Roxy Nightclub.
They met at the nightclub five years ago and Woods allegedly explained that his marriage was a sham.
“She said Tiger told her that his marriage was for publicity,” her former boyfriend Brian Kimbrough said.
“She said it was for his image and the tabloids and wasn’t real.”
According to Mr Kimbrough, Woods would use the alias “Mr Brightside” when he called, taking the name from a Killers song about a jealous lover.
Up to 12 women have been linked to the star, who has taken an indefinite break from golf to rebuild his marriage.
The revelation comes after New York single mum Cori Rist claimed Woods invited her to meet him in Australia.
Ms Rist, 31, said the globetrotting Woods had invited her to meet him in California, Dubai and Australia but she refused.
Woods is said to have flown another of his lovers, Rachel Uchitel, to Australia last month when he was in Melbourne for the Australian Masters.
“He pursued me and invited me to numerous places and I did not go. I felt guilty when I saw the picture of his wife and his child and I had convictions,” Ms Rist said.
Ms Rist suspected Woods was seeing other women during their two-and-a-half year affair, which started in August 2006.
“I’d wake up in the night and he would be texting. I’d ask him what he was doing and he would say he was checking emails.
“I had this feeling, I knew it was something bigger.”
They met in June 2006 when one of Woods’ trainers introduced her to the golfer at a Manhattan nightclub.
During their affair, Woods told her he was bound to stand by his then pregnant wife to maintain his image.
Nike sticks by Tiger
Nike Inc Chairman and co-founder Phil Knight said the scandal surrounding Tiger Woods is “part of the game” in signing endorsement deals with athletes. Mr Knight did not back away from the athletic shoe and clothing maker’s relationship with the golfer.
Woods, 33, has admitted to “infidelity” in his marriage to his Swedish wife Elin Nordegren as allegations of multiple extra-marital affairs have rocked his life and career.
Mr Knight told Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal that Nike checked out Woods’ background before signing its deal with the golfer and “he came out clean.”
Mr Knight’s comments were published following Woods’ surprise announcement Saturday that he would take an “indefinite break” from pro golf.
Mr Knight said companies cannot get such background checks right all the time and “there’s always a risk.”
However, he indicated no move to distance Woods from Nike, which has founded its global golf business on Woods’ reputation and play.
“I think he’s been really great,” Knight said in the interview published today.
“When his career is over, you’ll look back on these indiscretions as a minor blip, but the media is making a big deal out of it right now.”
Other sponsors have distanced themselves from Woods..
Meanwhile Nordegren has removed her wedding ring, fuelling speculation her marriage to Woods is already over.
Nordegren took her two children to a Christmas party in Florida on on 14 December 2009.
As she stopped for petrol it was clear she had taken off the gold band and diamond ring she has worn throughout their five-year marriage.
The outing came amid reports the family were visited by the child welfare authorities earlier in the day.
The agency workers – said to have been flanked by cops – normally call on families to ensure the well-being of children after domestic violence.