Instagram model Laci Somers said she was not partying with Tiger Woods before he was arrested for DUI early Monday morning.
It was reported Wednesday that Woods was high on a bevy of drugs, including Vicodin and Solarex, before police found him sleeping in his vehicle at 3 a.m. While the golfer admitted to taking prescription medication, Somers says she had nothing to do with any of it.
According to a number of reports, Somers was in Florida Sunday night, however. Somers also denied that report, saying she was in Los Angeles all weekend hanging out with her mother, not the 41-year-old golfer. Somers said she he has never met or communicated with Tiger Woods, who is currently dating a former NFL wife named Kristen Smith.
Total Pro Sports reported that Woods was out driving at 3 a.m. because he had been taking “a lot” of drugs during a reported romp with Somers. Woods told police he had prescriptions for Vicodin, Torix, Solarex, and Vioxx. Which drugs he had taken prior to his arrest aren’t known. A breathalyzer registered 0.0, verifying Tiger’s claim that he had not been drinking.
As for Somers, she said she does not know how the rumor that Tiger Woods was “busy with her” Sunday night got started. A few months ago, Terez Owens reported Woods and Somers were linked on Instagram. Somers has nearly 9 million followers on the social media app, so if the two are connected, she is unaware because they’ve never chatted.
Woods is no stranger to suspicious traffic incidents. In 2009, Tiger crashed his Cadillac Escalade during a dispute with ex-wife Elin Nordegren. Woods told police she broke out one of the SUV’s windows with a golf club trying to save him from the wreck. It was later revealed that the Swedish model went through Tiger’s phone, found texts from a nightclub owner with whom Woods was seeing on the side, and flew into a rage, swinging a 9-iron as Tiger fled the house. After the incident, more than a dozen women claimed they had slept with the then world’s No. 1 golfer.
Woods eventually admitted to “having affairs” in a 13-minute televised apology, but he didn’t go into details of specific claims, including those by adult film actress Joslyn James, who went public with a string of racy text messages from the golfer.
“I was unfaithful. I had affairs. I cheated,” Woods said during the public apology. “What I did was not acceptable… I have a lot to atone for. I felt I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled. Thanks to money and fame, I didn’t have to go far to find them.”
Within days, several companies with which he had millions of dollars worth of endorsements dropped him, including Gillette, Tag Heur, AT&T, and Gatorade. Golf Digest pulled his February 2010 column amid the chaos, while Nike supported him throughout the scandal. Collectively, companies reported losing approximately $12 billion in the aftermath.
Nordegren divorced Woods in 2011 and received a $100 million settlement. By that time, he dropped from No. 1 to 58 in the world golf rankings. After four months away from the PGA Tour, Woods returned to competition and the top of the rankings by winning the 2011 Chevron World Challenge and five tournaments in 2013, including the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Back problems plagued him from there, and he underwent surgery in 2014. Woods fell to No. 104 in the world by 2015, and he hasn’t won since beating Keegan Bradley and Henrik Stenson by seven shots at the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational, a tournament he has won eight times.
Tiger Woods dated World Cup skier Lindsey Vonn from 2013 to 2015.
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