Tiger Woods’ Swedish model wife, Elin Nordegren, catapulted to the top 10 of the 50 most popular Internet search results as the scandal took center stage, while golfers from Europe and America took to the rolling, green fields of Ireland for the Ryder Cup. Tiger Woods vehemently defended his wife against charges that she posed nude for porn websites. Tiger Woods’ wife, Elin Nordegren, said the supposed ‘topless’ photos displayed by a Dublin magazine on the eve of the Ryder Cup were faked.
Irish magazine, The Dubliner, printed pictures of a naked woman claiming that she was Nordegren, while Woods countered that his wife had modeled bikinis but never nude.
“I just want to make an opening statement real quick,” he said. “That you know, for me, personally, and for my wife, things that have occurred over here, I’m very disappointed — not the fans, not the people here, not the Irish people — but very disappointed in how the article that was written. My wife, yes, she has been a model prior and she did do some bikini photos. But to link her to porn Web sites and such is unacceptable, and I do not accept that at all.”
Before he hit his first Ryder Cup golf shot, Tiger Woods teed off on the media over a sore subject: spurious nude photos of his wife and links to pornography in a story published by the Irish magazine, The Dubliner.
The Dubliner, a lifestyle magazine, ran a nude photo supposedly of Tiger Woods’ wife, former model Elin Nordegren, in its September issue. The Dubliner’s story said: “Most American golfers are married to women who cannot keep their clothes on in public. Is it too much to ask that they leave them at home for the Ryder Cup? Consider the evidence. Tiger Woods’ wife can be found in a variety of sweaty poses on porn sites.”
Under the headline “Ryder Cup filth for Ireland” is a picture of a topless woman. But – the photo is not of the 26-year-old Swedish model. The pics are really of Kimberly Hiott, and from a Playboy photo shoot from December 2000.
The following morning, the tabloid Irish Daily Star plastered a story about the photo on its cover with the headline, “Tiger’s Fury at ‘Naked’ Pictures.” The Daily Star ran the nude photo on Page 4 with a bold “fake” label — and also took the opportunity to run two other cheesecake photos of Nordegren. Two of Dublin’s other newspapers, the Irish Times and the Irish Examiner, both traditional broadsheet papers, did not publish a story or racy photos of Nordegren.
The publisher, Dubliner Media Limited, issued an apology saying it was a satire and didn’t expect anyone to take it seriously. In a written statement issued later in the day, the magazine’s publisher, Dubliner Media Limited, apologized and claimed the article and photo were meant to be satirical and a lampoon of tabloids. “The publisher and staff at The Dubliner acknowledge that the satirical article was inappropriate and wish to sincerely apologise to Tiger Woods, his wife Elin Nordegrenand other Ryder Cup players and their families for any offence they may have taken to it,” the statement read.
Tiger Woods said making public his feelings was a matter of sticking up for his wife. “I know the media can be a little bit difficult at times, but when you … it’s hard to be very diplomatic about this when you have so much emotion involved, when my wife is involved in this,” Woods said. “As I said, I don’t want that to deter from the beauty of this event.”
“You do things for the people you love and you care about,” Woods said. “My father got ridiculed for years, and I always felt for my father and my mother the same way. My wife, we’re in it together. We’re a team, and we do things as a team. And I care about her with all my heart.”
The situation left Woods’ camp considering a lawsuit against the magazine. With Woods and Nordegren yet to decide whether they will sue The Dubliner over its now-infamous article, the magazine yesterday offered to make a “significant” donation to a charity of their choice as a way of ending the controversy.
“It’s ridiculous,” Tiger Woods’ agent at IMG, Mark Steinberg, told the Associated Press from his headquarters in Cleveland. “I can’t say much now because of prejudice, because I’m not sure what we’ll do in the future. Everyone knew it wasn’t her. It’s plain as day. You can see it’s not factual. It’s kind of ironic they bring it up this week.”
Asked if the magazine article and pictures would affect his concentration at the 36th Ryder Cup, Tiger Woods replied: “You just go out there and play. I have a team mate with me and the Irish people here have been absolutely fantastic.”
U.S. captain Tom Lehman said, “I thought Tiger handled that extremely well. He dealt with it. He dealt with it first thing today. He got it out of the way so that we all move on.”
The Sunday Times of London put paid to any further rumors by pronouncing that the photos were those of Kimberly Hiott, and were often miscredited as being of other women.
“Hiott’s nude photos appear on numerous sport and porn websites, which mischievously credit her as either Elin Nordegren, Woods’ wife, or as Helen Svedin, the model wife of the former Portuguese international footballer Luis Figo.” said the Sunday Times of London.
Elin Maria Pernilla Woods (born Elin Maria Pernilla Nordegren, January 1, 1980, in Stockholm, Sweden) is a former bikini model, now better known as the wife of pro golfer Tiger Woods.
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