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UPDATE, 12/3, 7:10a: According to the Chicago Sun-Times, December 2:

Also, don’t look for Woods’ wife, Elin, to be moving out of the couple’s Windermere, FL, mansion anytime soon. The links legend’s spouse is reportedly being paid a hefty 7-figure amount – immediately transferred into an account she alone controls – to stick with her husband.

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On top of that, my source indicated Elin Nordegren Woods, the mother of Tiger’s 2 children, has demanded – and is getting – a total rewrite on the couple’s prenuptial agreement making the incentives for her to remain Mrs. Tiger Woods even more enticing.
At this point, the couple needed to remain married for 10 years in order for Woods’ wife to collect a splitsville settlement of $20 million. I’m being told that time frame has been shortened – and the dollar amount increased “substantially.”
Perhaps most important of all, the Woodses have already begun intense marriage counseling – at their home – with a counselor who has been conducting sessions several times daily.

I’m glad they’re getting counseling, but if the article is true and Elin is demanding money to stay, this relationship won’t last the long haul. Prenups are indicators of that to begin with.
UPDATE, 12/3, 7a: From People.com, this morning:
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Apology, accepted.
After Tiger Woods issued a mea culpa for his “personal failings,” companies that have made him one of the richest men in sports lined up to pledge their support for their spokesman….

“Our strong relationship with Tiger for more than a decade remains unchanged,” said a spokesperson for EA Sports, makers of his hugely popular Tiger Woods Golf video game. “We respect Tiger’s privacy, we wish him a fast recovery and we look forward to seeing him back on the golf course.”

Other major sponsors, including Nike and Gillette, both say they have no plans to alter their marketing efforts, which heavily rely on Woods.
Gatorade, which has a drink named after the golfer, also will continue its relationship….
Forbes recently said Woods has made $1 billion dollars since 1996. One of the big reasons none of the sponsorships will change is because of the brands he’s hawking, says Terry Lefton, editor at large from Sports Business Daily. “If he were a Disney spokesman, it would be a different story. None of these are really family-oriented type of sponsorships.”…

[HT: proofreader Laura Loo; photo via the BBC]
UPDATE, 12/2, 9:25a: Tiger Woods has released a statement

I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart. I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect. I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone.

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Although I am a well-known person and have made my career as a professional athlete, I have been dismayed to realize the full extent of what tabloid scrutiny really means. For the last week, my family and I have been hounded to expose intimate details of our personal lives. The stories in particular that physical violence played any role in the car accident were utterly false and malicious. Elin has always done more to support our family and shown more grace than anyone could possibly expect….

But no matter how intense curiosity about public figures can be, there is an important and deep principle at stake which is the right to some simple, human measure of privacy. I realize there are some who don’t share my view on that. But for me, the virtue of privacy is one that must be protected in matters that are intimate and within one’s own family. Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn’t have to mean public confessions.
Whatever regrets I have about letting my family down have been shared with and felt by us alone. I have given this a lot of reflection and thought and I believe that there is a point at which I must stick to that principle even though it’s difficult.
I will strive to be a better person and the husband and father that my family deserves. For all of those who have supported me over the years, I offer my profound apology.

Thoughts?
12/2, 7:41a:Why is sex the downfall of so many powerful men? And for being so smart as to be so successful, how can they get so stupid? Voicemails? Text messages? Really?
From Us Weekly, today:

On Nov. 24 – the day before reports of his alleged infidelity first surfaced- Tiger Woods, 33, phoned his off-and-on girlfriend, 24 year-old Los Angeles cocktail waitress Jaimee Grubbs, and left a message in which he begged her to change her voicemail greeting.

“Hey, it’s Tiger,” he says in the voicemail, obtained by Usmagazine.com (listen above). “I need you to do me a huge favor. Can you please take your name off your phone? My wife went through my phone and may be calling you. So if you can, please take your name off that. Just have it as a number on the voicemail. You got to do this for me. Huge. Quickly. Bye.”
In this week’s issue of Us Weekly Grubbs details their 31-month affair. She reveals that they first hooked up in April 2007, and went on to have 20 sexual encounters….

She also shares her evidence, including photos and more than 300 racy text messages. One from Woods begins: “I will wear you out…”
“I loved how we got along,” Grubbs tells Us Weekly. “But I knew, in the back of my mind, there could never be just us. There would always be the wife, or somebody else.”
The billionaire golfer wed model Elin Nordegren, 29, in 2004; they have a 2-year-old daughter, Sam, and a 9-month old son, Charlie. The couple’s argument over Woods’ alleged affair with NYC hostess Rachel Uchitel, 34 [who denies it], reportedly led to his 1-car accident near his home in FL this Friday.
To read Tiger Woods’ shocking text messages to Jaimee Grubbs – and more details on their nearly 3-year affair – check back with Usmagazine.com later this week.

The growing scandal now involves The National Enquirer, which appears to have blackmailed Woods to cover-up tryst allegations 2 years ago. From the New York Post, this morning:

The National Enquirer caught Tiger Woods in a steamy extramarital affair 2 years ago, but killed the story in exchange for the golfer doing a rare cover-shoot for its sister mag – despite Tiger’s exclusive deal with a rival publication, a former editor told The Post.
Woods’ camp, fearful of a potential public-relations nightmare in spring 2007, allegedly agreed to do a cover for Men’s Fitness – a magazine owned by the Enquirer’s parent company, American Media, former Men’s Fitness editor-in-chief Neal Boulton said yesterday.

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“[American Media CEO] David Pecker knew about Tiger Woods’ infidelity a long time ago,” Boulton told The Post. “[Pecker] traded silence for a Men’s Fitness cover.”
Boulton said he left his post in April 2007, as the seedy Woods-Men’s Fitness deal was completed.
“We were going to [do a quid pro quo with] America’s favorite sports star, just to get his name on the cover of a magazine,” said Boulton. “That was too much for me. That’s when I high-tailed it out of there.”
Pecker dismissed all the quid-pro-quo allegations.
“It is absolutely not true,” said Pecker. “[Boulton] is a disgruntled former employee.”
American Media and The Enquirer first learned of Woods’ alleged off-the-course action, after receiving a tip from the mother of Woods’ alleged paramour, according to Boulton.
Enquirer photographers snapped grainy photos of Woods and his alleged gal pal getting busy in an SUV, Boulton said.
Despite the sketchy evidence, it was enough to convince Woods to do a rare cover piece for an American Media publication, Boulton said.
“Tiger Woods doesn’t do [posed] covers of magazines,” said Boulton.
The Woods cover eventually appeared on the August 2007 issue.
The superstar golfer has an exclusive, multiyear, 7-figure deal with Condé Nast title Golf Digest to serve as their “playing editor.”
He asked Condé Nast for permission to do the Men’s Fitness cover, and the Golf Digest publishers didn’t object, a Condé Nast spokeswoman said.
“The… cover wasn’t a violation of our agreement with Tiger, and we had no problem with it,” said Golf Digest rep Meg D’Incecco.
In the 3,895-word Men’s Fitness feature, Woods gave readers a detailed look at his training regimen. The article included Tiger’s tips on weightlifting, exercise and eating.

[HT: proofreader Laura Loo]