During part two of HBO’s Tiger documentary, Rachel Uchitel opens up about a conversation she had with Tiger Woods’s former wife, Elin Nordegren.
Although many heard her name during scandal stories about Woods’s affairs, few have ever heard Uchitel’s side of the story. During an interview for the documentary, Uchitel shares the details of her affair with Woods. She shares that the two met while she was working as a manager at a nightclub. After a night of talking, Woods asked for her phone number.
Less than a few weeks later, Woods asked Uchitel to fly to Orlando so that he could see her again. She met him in Orlando and the affair began.
“That was the first night I had sex with him. And I remember thinking with him, ‘How am I ever gonna be with a mere mortal ever again?’ Because so many people put him on a pedestal. And here he was in my bed and he was my Tiger,” says Uchitel.
Rachel Uchitel Lied To Tiger Wood’s Wife Over The Phone
Uchitel and Woods were caught together when Woods flew Uchitel to Australia for a tournament. His team booked her a room at the same hotel as Woods. When she arrived at the hotel, she immediately went to Woods’s room. She did not realize that there was a National Enquirer reporter in the elevator with her. The reporter watched Uchitel go to Woods’s room and the story was out. Uchitel says that, although they tried to squash the story, news of the affair broke publically.
“We were really brazen with what we thought we could get away with,” says Uchitel. “We did everything to try and stop that story. Made every threat, we made every denial. And at the end of the day, the story was gonna run,” she says.
To try and cover his tracks, Woods told his wife about the story before newspapers published it. However, instead of being honest about the situation, Wood convinced her that the newspapers were lying. He even got Uchitel in on the betrayal when he asked her to have a phone conversation with his wife. He asked Uchitel to assure his wife that nothing was going on between them.
“We had an extensive, 30-minute conversation, Elin and I. Convincing her that I was not having a sexual relationship with Tiger,” says Uchitel. “We talked about how I knew Tiger, how I knew his friends, how and why I was in Australia. The story came out and nobody looked at it. Between the stupid story and phone call with Elin, I remember thinking, ‘Oh my god, we’re gonna fly right over this.'”
Uchitel Says Her Name Has Been “Dragged Through Mud”
Despite believing that the affair was not going to be exposed, Woods’ wife soon proved the affair after posing as Woods and calling Uchitel. Uchitel also opens up about being villainized for her actions. Yes, she participated in the affair. However, it takes two to have an affair. Woods also chose to have extramarital affairs.
“I regret that he was married and I regret the mistakes that I made. But people came at me like they wanted to blame me for the fact that a married man cheated on his wife,” says Uchitel. “It was like I was the only one that was responsible for Tiger’s action. My name was getting dragged through the mud,” she says.