Tiger Woods has been spotted at a major tournament — well, sort of. Fans at the Australian Open — the first of the year’s four Grand Slam tennis tournaments — found an interesting way to poke fun at the golf star’s recent marital issues Thursday, displaying signs that read "I’ve been with Tiger" and a doctored poster of Woods in which he is meant to resemble a pimp.
The poster shows Woods in a large purple hat with a sceptor in his hand instead of a golf club, a gaudy diamond bracelet, and money sticking out of his pocket.
The images at right were taken during a men’s doubles first-round match on Court 6 at Melbourne Park in which Martin Damm and Filip Polasek defeated the Australian duo of Marinko Matosevic and Bernard Tomic.
Woods has been at the forefront of the gossip world since he confessed to marital infidelity against his wife, Elin, and has not been seen in public since crashing his car into a tree outside his Florida home on Nov. 27. In the weeks that followed, multiple women came forward claiming affairs with the world’s No. 1 golfer. Woods has since been rumored to have entered a sex rehabilitation clinic.
On Wednesday, celebrity Web site radaronline.com said the next issue of the National Enquirer will feature photos of Woods at Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
The site posted eight photos that purport to show Woods — wearing white shorts and a dark hooded sweatshirt — at the Pine Grove facility where the Gentle Path sexual addiction program is conducted.
Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, declined to comment on the photo or whether Woods — who has taken an indefinite break from golf — was at the clinic.
The world’s No. 1 tennis player, Roger Federer, is competing in the Australian Open and maintains a friendship with Woods. Federer was reluctant to discuss Woods’ situation prior to the tournament.
"All I can say, I’m not going to talk about his personal life," Federer said Saturday, "but I wish him all the best getting back, hopefully on the golf course, resolving his problems, and see how he goes."