As the PGA Tour’s most recognizable player, Tiger Woods has lived under the microscope for more than two decades. Sports fans know all about the 2009 sex scandal that forever altered his personal and professional life, and they also know about his physical and legal issues since.
Many of the women who were identified as Woods’ mistresses have faded away, while some of them have joined the golfer in experiencing setbacks.
Tiger Woods mistress Rachel Uchitel is the name most people recognize
As the woman named in the National Enquirer story in November 2009, Rachel Uchitel is the best-known of the figures alleged to have had affairs with golfer Tiger Woods while he was married to Elin Nordegren.
Uchitel was a VIP manager at a nightclub when she met Woods, and she has an interesting background that includes a degree in psychology she earned from the University of New Hampshire in 1996. She worked as a Bloomberg News producer for several years after graduation, and her fiancé died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
The notoriety of her affair with Woods helped her land a job as a special correspondent on the TV magazine show Extra in early 2010. Later that year, she was part of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew alongside actor Eric Roberts and model and agent Janice Dickinson.
Most recently, the New York Post reported that Uchitel is considering a career in law and is studying for the LSATs, though she remains unsure about following up by attending school.
Some of the other Tiger Woods mistresses have had legal issues
According to the British newspaper The Sun, several of the women connected to Tiger Woods while the record-setting PGA Tour golfer was married have run into legal problems in the years since the scandal broke.
Adult-film actress Joslyn James, whose real name is Veronica Siwik, allegedly claimed to have become pregnant twice after encounters with Woods, the newspaper reported. Ironically, she reportedly was being pursued by authorities in 2019 for owing $20,000 in child support in a case unrelated to Woods.
TMZ reported that Jaimee Grubbs was arrested for driving with a suspended license.
While several of the women identified as Woods mistresses worked in the adult-films industry, others had more mundane occupations. Mindy Lawton was a waitress and manager at a Perkins restaurant frequented by Woods and wife Elin Nordegren not far from their Orlando, Florida, home. In 2011, Lawton was sentenced to a year in jail for a drunk-driving crash, according to court records, the paper reported.
The HBO documentary Tiger reported that the National Enquirer’s original story was going to be on the relationship between Woods and Lawton. Lacking suitable photos, however, the magazine allegedly worked a trade, agreeing to kill its story if Woods would appear on the cover of Men’s Fitness magazine, which had the same corporate owner.
Former lingerie model Jamie Jungers did not have legal troubles, but she purportedly was rescued by a man known for hunting down people on the run from the law. According to the Sun, reality TV star Dog the Bounty Hunter rescued her in Las Vegas, where she had been kept as a sex slave.
Magazine models and actresses
As noted, Tiger Woods gravitated toward women in the adult-entertainment industry as he went from mistress to mistress. Among those cited by TheThings.com were:
- Laci Kay Sommers modeled for Playboy.
- Loredana Jolie and Holly Sampson were adult-film stars.
- Jamie Jungers was an exotic dancer.
According to The Sun, Sampson met Woods when she was hired as an entertainer for him.