American magazine the National Enquirer reported in late April 2010 that Tiger Woods was made to write out a list of all his loverswhile he was in rehab. at Hattiesberg’s Pine Grove ‘sex addict’ clinic.
The list apparently ran to four pages and named 120 other women with whom he’d had sex during his five-year marriage to Elin Nordegren, mother of his two children.
Whatever one think of such ‘rehab.’ tactics, it had to be doubtful that the list was complete – with Tiger’s level of sexual activity, who can believe there wasn’t also a string of girls whose names he instantly forgot or never even bothered to ask? Tiger’s approach to bedding women is much like Homer Simpson’s approach to drinking beer. Just grab bottle after bottle.
The Enquirer alleged that one name was certainly not on the list – that of Tiger’s young neighbour in Florida, 21-year-old Raychel Coudriet,
The article reports that when Elin found out about her husband and Coudriet it was the “last straw” for the Woods marriage. Elin is reported to have called Tiger and yelled:
“I can’t believe you had sex with that girl in our own neighbourhood. That’s it – I’m divorcing you.”
The Tiger-Elin saga has got one unifying theme it could be argued. And that is, at the centre of the marriage there seemed to be a complete denial of who Tiger Woods really is.
Elin reportedly did not decide to divorce her Grade A excuse for a husband when the first half a dozen mistresses crawled to the press dragging their lack of self-respect with them. Neither did she decide to divorce Tiger when the infidelty tally reached double figures. When Tiger exploited his extra-marital sex life along with Nike and filmed an advert using his betrayal and using his dead father’s voice to cash in Elin finally said it was the “last straw.”
It was only the first “last straw” though.
When the Pine Grove list of a mind-numbing 120 mistresses emerged, Elin still didn’t seem to see who Tiger was. Here was evidence that, throughout the whole of her marriage, Woods had had sex with someone new every two weeks yet she was still clinging on to the hope he could be someone different. A good husband and father for example. So she stayed back from the divorce papers.
And then Raychel Coudriet wandered into the frame, prompting Elin to claim another “last straw”.
If Elin has found it incredibly hard to really see who Tiger Woods is, so has Woods himself. Not only was he presenting himself to his wife, children, colleagues and sponsors as a good family man, but even once the press reported his many mistresses, he still couldn’t seem to get a grip of who he was.
Instead of saying “OK. Caught red-handed. And actually this is me. I never should have got married. I’m a dedicated babehound and I just want to have sex with loads of different women, all the time” he sloped off to the Pine Grove with his Tiger’s tail between his legs as though he wanted to learn to be someone different.
But does he want to be? What are the chances that a rich and famous guy in his thirties who likes taking a new lover every fortnight and has ample opportunity is going to suddenly turn into a monogamous husband? Probably very slight. And why should he try? Once he’s divorced, no-one will care if he has sex with 1200 women.
Instead of pretending he has sex addiction ‘issues’ he wants to deal with, maybe Tiger should just get a divorce and then accept he’s a young, rich, single man who wants lots – and lots – of sexual novelty.
Once he accepts that just happens to be who he is, he’ll have no need to try and hide or change. The one area where he would need change might be his sponsors. But there are plenty of industries who’d sponsor the real Tiger Woods: Casinos; manufacturers of big red sports cars and powerful motor bikes; businesses like AdultFriendFinder; and condom manufacturers.