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Nov. 25 The National Enquirer publishes a story alleging Tiger Woods was having an affair with New York nightclub hostess Rachel Uchitel and that the pair were recently together in Australia where Mr. Woods competed in the Australian Masters. Ms. Uchitel later denies the report.



Nov. 27 Tiger Woods crashes his Cadillac Escalade into a fire hydrant and a neighbour's tree at 2:25 a.m. just metres away from his Florida mansion. Mr. Woods's wife, Elin Nordegren, uses a golf club to smash one of the SUV's back windows, later telling police she was trying to get her unconscious husband out of the vehicle. Mr. Woods is briefly hospitalized.

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Nov. 27 Police try to interview Mr. Woods about the crash. However, Ms. Nordegren asks them to return the next day because her husband is sleeping.

Nov. 28 Police again plan to interview Mr. Woods, but his agent tells them the golfer and his wife are unavailable until the following day.

Nov. 29 An hour after Mr. Woods's lawyer turns police away from the golfer's home, Mr. Woods releases a statement on his website, taking blame for an "embarrassing" crash, which left him with cuts and bruises. "This situation is my fault, and it's obviously embarrassing to my family and me," he says. "I'm human and I'm not perfect. I will certainly make sure this doesn't happen again." The statement asks that it remain "a private matter".

The Florida Highway Patrol releases a 911 call made by Mr. Woods's neighbour after the crash.



Nov. 30 Citing his injuries, Mr. Woods withdraws from his annual golf tournament, the Chevron World Challenge. "I am certain it will be an outstanding event and I'm very sorry that I can't be there," he says in a statement on his website. He says he will not compete again until next year.

Dec. 1 The Florida Highway Patrol announces that Mr. Woods faces a $164 (U.S.) fine for careless driving and four demerit points against his driver's licence. He will not face criminal charges.

A lawyer for Linda Adams, the neighbour who called 911 after Mr. Woods's crash, says Mr. Woods did not appear to be under the influence and showed no signs of having been in a fight in the minutes after the crash. "None of his injuries looked like he was beat up by his wife," said attorney Bill Sharpe.

Dec. 2 Us Weekly magazine publishes a cover story saying a Los Angeles cocktail waitress claims she had a 31-month long affair with Mr. Woods. The woman, Jaimee Grubbs, says she has proof in 300 text messages and claims she first met Mr. Woods the week after the 2007 Masters, two months before Ms. Nordegren gave birth to their first child.

The magazine also releases what it says is a voice mail, which was provided by Ms. Grubbs, that Mr. Woods left on her phone on Nov. 24 asking her to remove her name from her phone message.



Three hours later, Mr. Woods acknowledges unspecified "transgressions" that he regrets "with all of my heart" in a statement on his website. "I have not been true to my values and the behaviour my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect. I am dealing with my behaviour and personal failings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone."

Dec. 3 Citing "unforeseen circumstances", high-profile attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing Ms. Uchitel, calls off a news conference about an hour before it is set to begin.

Dec. 7 A report from a police officer who responded to Mr. Woods's accident is released. The report says Mr. Woods was initially unresponsive, lying on the road covered in a blanket and resting his head on a pillow. Two golf clubs were on the ground and there was $235 (U.S.) in the vehicle.

Dec. 8 After receiving a 911 call from Mr. Woods's home at 2:35 a.m., Ms. Nordegren's mother, Barbro Holmberg, is transported to hospital suffering from stomach pain. Ms. Holmberg, a former Swedish cabinet minister, is county governor of Gävleborg in central-east Sweden.

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