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Tiger Woods’ mistress, Rachel Uchitel, revealed the couple planned a phone call to convincing the golfer’s then-wife, Elin Nordegren, that their cheating scandal was fake.
Before the world learned of the dozen-plus women who claimed they were intimate with the legendary athlete during his marriage, Woods, 45, attempted “everything” to stop the story from going public.
In the explosive second part of HBO’s new documentary, “Tiger,” Uchitel, 45, gave a rare in-depth interview and opened up about their intimate relationship.
The former nightclub manager and hostess detailed the beginning of their love affair and the eventual end when it all came crashing down.
In November 2009, the National Enquirer contacted the pro athlete to reveal it knew of his cheating and would be printing the story.
Uchitel said when Woods had knowledge of this, the pair hatched a plan to shut it down before it even came out.
She told the cameras in the doc: “We had an extensive 30-minute conversation, Elin and I, convincing her that I was not having a sexual relationship with Tiger.
“And we talked about how I knew Tiger, how I knew his friends. How and why I was in Australia.”
Uchitel and Woods’ trick temporarily worked, as Nordegren seemingly believed the father of her two children.
“The story came out and no one really looked at it. Between this stupid story and my call with Elin, I remember thinking, ‘Oh my God, we’re going to slide right over this,’” Uchitel added.
However, just two days later, on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 2009, their secret was finally exposed.
“Tiger and I texted throughout the day saying we have a lot to be grateful for.
“We had gotten away completely unscathed in what could have been a complete nightmare,” she reflected.
She continued: “Then I got a text message from Tiger later saying I was the only woman he’s ever loved.
“I remember feeling that things had never been better between us. And then he told me he’s taking an Ambien and going to sleep.”
The brunette beauty then confessed to being “surprised” when she got another text message from Tiger later that night.
She dropped the bombshell: “What came through was something like ‘When am I going to see you again?’
“And then the phone rang. I picked up and said something like, ‘Hey, babe, I thought you went to sleep?’
“And instead of Tiger’s voice, it was Elin. And she says, ‘I knew it was you.’”
Minutes after the revelation, the private matter became public as Tiger fled his Florida home and crashed his car.
He was treated for minor injuries, and after intense media speculation on the cause of his accident, it became known that the previous squeaky-clean athlete had cheated on his wife.
After six years of marriage, Nordegren, 41, left her husband in one of the most expensive celebrity splits in history.
Nordegren reportedly received $100 million from her divorce settlement with Woods, and the Sun exclusively revealed that she went on to become a registered mental health counselor.
The Swedish model has since purchased a $9 million Palm Beach mansion with her NFL-star boyfriend, Jordan Cameron.
Together, the pair now shares a 1-year-old baby named Arthur as their relationship continues to appear strong.
Nordegren also has two children from her marriage with Tiger — daughter Sam, 13, and son Charlie, 11.
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