Report: Tiger paid 2 women to keep quiet about sex tape

Report: Tiger paid 2 women to keep quiet about sex tape

Published Feb. 14, 2010 12:00 a.m. ET

Tiger Woods made regular hush money payments to quiet two girls he had a threesome with on tape, The New York Daily News reported Sunday.

The fidelity-challenged superstar golfer was in bed with the pair in Phoenix three years back when he noticed one of them taking pictures or videotaping him with the other girl, the newspaper said, citing a source familiar the situation.

“"Tiger goes ballistic. He starts chasing the girl around. She runs out the door. He runs out after her. I don't know how much clothing either of them is wearing, but Tiger finally catches up with her and grabs her cell phone or camera or whatever it was that had the evidence,” the source said.

Recognizing the danger the situation posed to Woods’ hundreds of millions of dollars in endorsement money, his handlers decided to make regular payments to the women to keep them quiet, the Daily News said.

It's not known what happened to the recording.

Meanwhile, Woods' wife Elin was out on the town on Saturday night, leaving him at home with the children, according to reports Sunday on entertainment news website RadarOnline.

Publishing photos of Elin Woods accompanied by a girlfriend, but minus her wedding ring, the website said Elin partied and had dinner at the Dolphin hotel in Orlando, Fla.

RadarOnline was the site that reported on Friday that Woods was back in Orlando after undergoing counselling for sex addiction, but that he and his wife were living separately.

“The marriage is not good,” one source close to them told “She barely interacts with him.”

Woods, who has been linked to at least 14 other women during his marriage, reportedly was minding the couple's two children while his wife was out on the town. Woods has not been seen in public since lurid allegations about his private life emerged in November last year.