Vanity Fair, the celebrity scandal glossy known for its Hollywood parties and high-living editor, is now in the golf business. Just a couple months after running an old Tiger Woods photo on its cover, Vanity Fair is preparing what sounds like the definitive article on Woods's mistresses, four of whom posed for the magazine. The title of the article is "The Temptation of Tiger Woods." <
The full story isn't online, but VanityFair.com offers a preview (Warning: Link contains partial nudity), including these two revelations:
Woods has said in recent interviews that no one in his inner circle knew about his affairs, but Seal’s reporting contradicts that. Woods’s mistress Jamie Jungers says, “Every time I would fly out to see [Tiger] or schedule itineraries or anything, I would always go through Bryon [Bell],” Woods’s childhood friend and the president of Tiger Woods Design. (Bell did not respond to requests for comment.)
According to Woods’s mistress Mindy Lawton, when she alerted Tiger to the fact that The National Enquirer had caught on to their affair, he put her in contact with his agent, Mark Steinberg, of IMG Worldwide. After Lawton explained to him what had transpired (see below), Steinberg said, “We’ll take care of it.” (Steinberg did not respond to requests for comment.)
The Masters famously broadcasts only from 4-7 p.m. EST on Thursdays, which The Daily Flog appreciates for letting us know when we should leave work. However, Augusta National has budged a bit and will allow ESPN to show Woods's first tee shot on Thursday no matter what time it is, according to The New York Times.
Depending on Woods’s tee time, it could be a long time before viewers see anything else live, if at all. That is because the Masters has long believed that less is more, so a lot of the action takes place before live coverage starts.
If Woods tees off at 1:52 p.m. next Thursday, as he did in last year’s first round, some of his shots will be seen live during ESPN’s 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Eastern time slot. If he has a morning tee time, like last year’s 10:45 a.m. second-round time, nothing he does after his first tee shot will be shown live.
Tee times will be announced Tuesday.
Michelle Wie finds Stanford studies more interesting than Rules studies
Can't say I blame her, but Paul Arnett of The Honolulu Star-Bulletin makes a compelling case that Wie's Rules gaffes have the potential to be historic in the wrong sort of way.
Four rules violations for Wie since turning pro four-plus years ago is a lifetime's worth for most players competing at the professional level.
There is a theory among golf writers that Wie is a victim of the step-skipping she did as a teenager. Instead of playing golf at the junior, high school and collegiate levels where you learn the basic rules of the game, Wie was busy going to and fro to events on the PGA and LPGA tours, never taking the time to learn the playbook.
Wie has made it clear in the past that she doesn't lose much sleep over her Rules violations, which, in the case of her inadvertent grounding of her club in the hazard Sunday, can appear ridiculous, especially to a curious teenager. Wie didn't sound especially chastened on Monday either.
"People make mistakes, but you know what, that's all in the past. You know, I really think that that's what happened, and hopefully from now on it won't happen. But you know, I'm just trying now to think about this week."
After that response, a reporter asked, "May be a silly question, but now that you have no studying to do for Stanford, will you take out the rules book and look at it a little more or go over it, or is it one of those things that you try not to think about as much?"
Classic Wie answer: "Well, you know, this summer I am going to try to take some online courses and try to transfer them in, so I'm not at Stanford for 10 years, so I want to try to study this summer, see where that takes me."
Wie fans should also check out this charming New York Times article on Wie's interest in art. Of her paintings, which include bloody skulls and teddy-bear-mauling robots, Wie says, “It’s like drawings you do in fifth grade and someone says, ‘You need help.’ ”