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Tiger Woods' Biggest Scandals Exposed: Rachel Uchitel Affair, Sex Addiction, Family Squabbles & More

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Dec. 8 2021, Published 6:09 p.m. ET

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As golf phenom Tiger Woods preps for his return to competitive golfing — the 45-year-old announced he would play alongside his 12-year-old son Charlie in the upcoming PNC Championship on December 18 — 10 months after his horrific car crash, OK! is looking back at his troubled past.

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Woods will go down in history as one of the greatest PGA players of all time. A child prodigy who dominated college golf and turned pro at 20 in 1996. His first years of his career were marked by unparalleled success.

He’s won many major PGA tournaments and spent years ranked as the world’s No. 1 golfer, landing him multi-million dollar endorsement deals and a legion of fans. His personal life was envied by many with a loving wife, Elin Nordegren, and two small children living in a Florida mansion until a cheating scandal in 2009 forever shattered his golden boy image. Nordegren filed for divorce a year later.

Woods is destined to leave a mark on history books, but his rise to the top has been plagued by cheating scandals, sex addiction and family squabbles.

Scroll through to the gallery below to see Tiger Woods’ biggest scandals through the years.

Affair With Reality TV Star Jaimee Grubbs

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Woods’ life was turned upside down after he crashed his Escalade into a neighbor’s yard on the morning of November 27, 2009. His wife awoke after hearing the crash and rushed outside busting out the back window and dragging her husband to the street as she awaited for first responders to arrive.

Following the accident, the press hounded the athlete as rumors swirled he was having an affair with Jaimee Grubbs and nightclub manager Rachel Uchitel. An alleged voicemail to Grubbs, who was 24 at the time, from Woods was leaked where the golfer was desperately trying to scrub any evidence of their affair.

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Instead of keeping quiet, Grubbs would reveal a slew of explicit text messages between the two. After more women came forward, Woods eventually spoke to the press in February 2010, offering a pre-written statement and apology.

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“I was unfaithful, I had affairs and I cheated. What I did was unacceptable,” he said. “I hurt my wife, my kids, my mother, my wife’s family, my friends, my foundation and kids all around the world who admired me.” He added that he was in therapy and spent time doing some soul-searching following the crash and cheating revelation.

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Sexual Trysts With Former Nightclub Manager Rachel Uchitel

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After Grubbs’ story made headlines, more than a dozen women came forward with allegations they had an affair with Woods, but none more infamous than Rachel Uchitel. The athlete cheated on his wife with the former nightclub manager in 2009.

As OK! previously reported Uchitel spoke openly about her affair with Woods in the HBO doc, Tiger. "I knew he was married, I knew he had responsibilities but he said I want you to fly to Orlando then I will come see you there," Uchitel said. "That was the first night I had sex with him and I remember thinking how am I ever going to be with a mere mortal again because so many people put him on such a pedestal and here he was in my bed, and he was my Tiger."

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"He would refer to it as 'plugging in.' He would tell me when he saw me he felt he could plug in and get recharged," she added, detailing their secret tryst.

Although Uchitel denied their affair at first she later used it as a ticket to tabloid and cable TV fame, appearing on Celebrity Rehab and random shows here and there.

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Rehab For Sex Addiction

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Following his affairs being brought to light, in 2010, Woods reportedly checked into rehab to treat his sex addiction. Woods completed a stint at Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Multiple sources confirmed to Radar at the time, Woods was being treated at the clinic which featured a sexual addiction program created by Dr. Patrick Carnes — who pioneered treatment for sexually compulsive behavior. Sex addiction is marked not simply by poor decision-making in the face of temptation, but also by a sense of powerlessness before one's own compulsive behavior.

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Deserting His Half Brother In Time Of Need

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Woods' two brothers, Earl Jr. and Kevin, and sister Royce, are 20, 18 and 17 years older than the golfer, respectively. The siblings had a decent relationship until after their father, Earl, died in 2006.

OK! reported, the siblings alleged that after Kevin was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2009 and was unable to work, Woods turned his back on his family and refused their pleas for help. "I leave messages. I leave updates on Kevin, but for whatever reason I don't get a response.... Kevin loves Tiger,” Earl Jr. explained in 2012. “A call from Tiger would really pump Kevin up. When he doesn't call, it just makes him feel worse." The brother noted that although Kevin was facing homelessness, Woods wouldn’t throw any money his way.

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"We haven't asked Tiger for a dime. Not even tickets to a tournament. But Kevin's losing his home. He needs a caregiver and he can't have a caregiver and keep his home at the same time. And we can't do that, we don't have the means,” he said at the time. “Nobody's asking for money here, but a caregiver really would be nice for Kevin. It would make Kevin comfortable. He wouldn't have to leave his house.... But we'd at least like to be able to find out how Tiger is, to find out if he's okay, and to let him know if we're okay.”

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Feud With Ex Kristin Smith

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Woods' split from ex-girlfriend Kristin Smith turned nasty after the duo ended up squabbling over an NDA agreement the golfer had Smith sign after he was allegedly caught cheating on her. The former flames dated for two years before calling it quits in 2017.

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According to Radar, Woods and Smith went to arbitration to settle their dispute regarding the NDA, which Smith believed was invalid. Their dispute turned messy after Woods threatened to leak “photos of her to try to hurt her.”

Radar reported Woods cheated on Smith with ex-girlfriend Erica Herman. “Kristin suspected it, but he would always deny it by belittling Erica,” a source close to Smith spilled at the time. “Kristin eventually caught them together. It was a big mess.”

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Arrested For DUI

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On May 29, 2017, Woods was found asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes near his mansion in Jupiter, Florida. He failed several sobriety tests and was a bumbling mess when speaking to officers. His interactions with police were caught on video.

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A breathalyzer showed that he had no alcohol in his system. He told the police that he was taking several prescription medications as a result of his April back surgery. Blood tests later found Vicodin, Xanax, Ambien, THC and Dilaudid in his system.

He was charged with a DUI. On October 27, 2017, he pleaded guilty to reckless-driving and completed a DUI diversion program.

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Near Career-Ending Car Crash

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Woods crashed his 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV into a ditch in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, and suffered non-life-threatening injuries to his legs. The athlete was rushed to the hospital after the rollover crash that occurred at around 7 a.m. on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

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Speaking at a press conference in December, the athlete declared he’s “lucky to be alive and also have a limb.” After the accident, he initially thought doctors were going to have to amputate his right leg. After months of rehab Woods revealed that his career as a full-time golfer was over, but he’s hoping to still be able to play.

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“It's an unfortunate reality," Woods spilled. “But, it's my reality. And, I understand it, and I accept it. I think something that is realistic is playing the Tour one day — never full-time ever again — but pick and choose, just like Mr. [Ben] Hogan did," the father-of-two explained. "You pick and choose a few events a year and you play around that. You practice around it, and you gear yourself up for it. I think that's how I'm going to have to play it from now on."

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