- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 20, 2006

12:58 p.m.

STRAFFAN, Ireland (AP) — Tiger Woods expressed outrage today at an Irish magazine and a tabloid that linked photos of his wife to various pornography sites, and his agent was studying the merits of a lawsuit.

“My wife, yes, she has been a model prior, and she did do some bikini photos,” Woods said. “But to link her to porn Web sites and such is unacceptable, and I no not accept that at all. Neither does our team.”

The Dubliner magazine wrote in its September issue about Elin Nordegren, Woods Swedish wife of nearly two years.

“Most American golfers are married to women who cannot keep their clothes on in public,” the magazine wrote. “Is it too much to ask that they leave them at home for the Ryder Cup? Consider the evidence. Tiger Woods’ wife can be found in a variety of sweaty poses on porn sites.”

The Irish Daily Star gave the story front-page treatment today with the headline, “Tiger’s Fury at Naked Pictures.”

Inside, the tabloid reprinted photos of Nordegren in a bikini, along with a nude photo of a woman purported to be Nordegren. Woods vehemently denied it was his wife when the photo first came out three years ago.

Mark Steinberg, his agent at IMG, said he was debating whether to pursue a lawsuit.

“It’s ridiculous,” Steinberg said from IMG headquarters in Cleveland. “I can’t say much now because of prejudice, because I’m not sure what we’ll do in the future. Everyone knew [the nude photo] wasn’t her. It’s plain as day. You can see it’s not factual. It’s kind of ironic they bring it up this week.”

It was the first topic Woods brought up at his press conference leading up to the Ryder Cup, which starts Friday at the K Club.

Woods said his anger has nothing to do with the Irish people or the gallery fans who have come to the golf course, even today, when the course was closed for three hours in the morning because of 40 mph wind and rain.

“I know the media can be a little bit difficult at times, but when you … it’s hard to be very diplomatic about this when you have so much emotion involved, when my wife is involved in this,” Woods said. “As I said, I don’t want that to deter from the beauty of this event.”

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