Tiger to pay price to keep wife, secrets: media



LOS ANGELES - Tiger Woods is willing to pay dearly to hold onto his marriage and keep his private messages secret, according to celebrity website reports still swirling around the world's top golfer.
A week after the one-car traffic accident in front of his Florida mansion, Woods has apologized for "transgressions" and "personal sins" and seen the private life he so zealously guarded ripped open for the world to see.



Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
The Daily Beast reported that Woods has offered wife Elin an immediate bonus payment of five million dollars to stay married in a revised pre-nuptual agreement that would give Elin a further 55 million dollars to stay married to him for another two years.
"I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family," Woods said in a statement earlier this week.
The TMZ.com entertainment news website reported Friday that Rachel Uchitel, one of Woods's alleged mistresses, did not take money from Woods to call off her scheduled news conference on Thursday.
RadarOnline had reported that Uchitel was offered one million dollars by the golf star to keep his personal correspondence with her private.
But TMZ.com reported that while Uchitel spoke with Woods representatives, she did not talk with reporters because of safety fears over how much she knows about Woods, his family and extra-marital relationships and the growing number of people entangled in the scandal.
But it said she was so much fearful of Woods as other people caught up in the storm.
TMZ also reported Friday that it had obtained e-mails and a flight itinerary involving Uchitel and Bryon Bell, a childhood friend of Woods who once caddied for him at an event and works at Tiger Woods Design.
The site said the messages detail how Bell organized a trip for Uchitel last month to fly to Australia, including buying the ticket and a room at the same Melbourne hotel where Woods was staying while playing in a tournament there.
Woods is featured on the cover of January's issue of Golf Digest, which goes on sale next week, along with US President Barack Obama with the featured story "10 Tips Obama Can Take From Tiger."
The magazine said on its website that the issue was completed a month ago and printed November 14, nearly two weeks before the scandal erupted when Woods crashed his vehicle into a tree and a fire hydrant and was taken to a hospital.
Woods said injuries suffered in the crash kept him from playing this week at his foundation's charity golf benefit, the Chevron World Challenge.
Woods will not return to competitive golf until next year, with his typical debut event in most seasons being at Torrey Pines in late January.
So the world might not see until then how the scandal impacts upon the 14-time major champion whose quest since childhood has been to catch the record 18 major titles won by fellow legend Jack Nicklaus.
"The guy does some pretty amazing things," said PGA rival Anthony Kim. "He could come out of this a better golfer."
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Saturday, December 5th 2009
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