Tiger Woods has a secret lover – or had one – depending on who to believe, with the Daily Mail and Woods himself giving differing accounts this week, a time when the once golfing great already was in an uncomfortable spotlight.
The Daily Mail on Thursday said Woods and Kristin Smith, former wife of Dallas Cowboys defensive back Gerald Sensabaugh, were an item. The report came complete with photos of Woods and Smith on what appears to be Woods yacht.
Smith, who owns a Dallas-area personal styling company called The CLAD Life, impressed the editors with her resemblance to Woods' former wife Elin Nordegren and Lindsey Vonn, who he had a three-year relationship with.
The Daily Mail said the photos of Woods and Smith together were taken during the couple's time in the Bahamas at a development the golfer was invested in.
TMZ reported in May that Smith was Woods’ girlfriend when the golfing superstar was arrested on a now-infamous DUI charge, saying that Smith "went crazy" when she learned about the arrest while shopping at Neiman Marcus in Dallas, and quoting her as saying, "I knew it, I knew it."
Woods shot back at the Daily Mail on Twitter the same day, saying he and Smith were no longer a couple.
The Daily Mail updated its story nine hours later, saying that Woods and Smith "called it quits and separated some time last year."
On Wednesday, a Florida prosecutor told The Associated Press that Woods had agreed to plead guilty on Oct. 25 to reckless driving and enter into a local diversion program for first-time offenders.
The plea was in connection with a May 29 incident when Woods was found sleeping in his Mercedes-Benz, suspected of being under the influence of what reportedly turned out to be prescription painkillers and sleeping medication, the AP said.
Palm Beach County prosecutor Adrienne Ellis stressed that Woods was not being treated any differently than anyone else. She said anyone with his record would have been offered the same deal.
Prosecutors would drop the DUI charge and if Woods successfully completes the diversion program, he could ask a judge to expunge the reckless driving conviction from his record, the AP said.
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