Bryon Bell - Tiger Wood's Friend - and Rachel Uchitel in Melbourne

A Man Who Looks Like Tiger's Friend With Rachel Uchitel in Melbourne

It’s not for me in far-away Australia to accuse Tiger Woods of telling porkies. Perhaps he’s become a little forgetful as he prepares to play in the US Masters on April 8, but I couldn’t help noticing when he claimed in a recent one-off tv interview that no-one in his inner circle knew about his liaisons with a string of women.

‘I’m sure if more people would have known in my inner circle they would’ve stopped it. Or tried to put a stop to it, but I kept it all to myself,’ the golfer told Kelly Tilghman of The Golf Channel.

Well, as my, yes my, exclusive photo (with apologies for the fuzziness in the darkness of the lobby) which has been seen around the world, shows, it was Tiger’s old boyhood friend and close confidante Bryon Bell who actually flew all the way to Australia with Rachel Uchitel – one of the women on Tiger’s ‘other women’ list – in November last year. He was playing in the Australian Masters, but neither Bryon, who has caddied for Tiger in the past, nor Rachel, brought any clubs with them, of course.
Emails from Mr Bell revealing details of the flight he had arranged for Rachel have already been widely published, but if anyone has any doubt that he was involved in Rachel’s travel itinerary take a look at the man talking with her and a hotel employee in Melbourne. He arrived at the hotel with her and helped her check in.
You might agree he bears rather a close resemblance to the picture of Bryon (inset).
In any case, we can expect more revelations about the people in Tiger’s inner circle who ‘didn’t know anything’ – one of the women who claim to have had a long relationship with him, Joslyn James, says she is about to release emails she received from Mr Bell in 2007 detailing arrangements for her to travel to US cities where Tiger was playing. Of course, Mr Bell’s helpfulness in arranging such travel could be just coincidence….
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Master Putters....

Master Putters.... ©

I took this and a series of pictures during a visit to Malaysia. These guys were part of a stage show, demonstrating their skills at putting. Their trainer told me they’d also shown their prowess on a nearby golf course and they were ready to take on all challengers.

Enough said. I took up the challenge and the following day we headed to the championship course. Hey, they were good. Too good. Over three holes (orang-utans do get bored) I was hammered. Mind you, they did cheat, kicking my ball into the bushes and knocking it into a pond, but on the putting green they were true professionals. Two winning holes to the apes, one to me. Boo.

I should point out that these orang-utans were rescued by the owner from a circus and had already been trained to perform before he acquired them. My inquiries revealed there was little hope of rehabilitating them back to the wild and they were best left to enjoy the life they were currently living. They loved mixing with people, they were happy, under no stress and, I was reliably informed, should be left to live out their old age with humans.

As for those other unfortunate animals that are losing their habitat and are killed or harmed in clashes with humans taking over their environment for profit – look at the palm oil industry which is destroying their forests – I’m right behind the fight to keep their natural homes. More on this in the new year.

(More pictures in the photo gallery and through Rex Features of London)

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As I wrote earlier this week, the claims that Tiger Woods had been having an affair with a New York socialite was a story that was going to run and run…
Well, the aftermath of the allegations have had an astonishing sequel – with Woods leaving the marital home at 2.25am and crashing his SUV into a fire hydrant and then a tree.
When police arrived they found him lying in the street with his beautiful wife Elin hovering over him. She told the officers she had heard the crash and came out and broke the back window of the vehicle with a golf club in order to get her husband out of the vehicle. Tiger was described as slipping in and out of consciousness.
He was taken to hospital by ambulance in what was said at the time to be a serious condition, but later hospital officials and a spokesperson for the world number one golfer said he had been released and was ‘fine’.
While it sounded at first that this was hot news, it has since transpired that the incident occurred 12 hours before the media learned about it. Police say they still do not know what caused Tiger to crash but said alcohol was not involved. It was suggested, however, that charges could follow if there was a clear traffic violation.
The incident occurred as the web was running hot with a report in the National Enquirer that Tiger had been having a fling with New York socialite Rachel Uchitel. It must be wondered what Tiger was doing leaving the mansion where he lives with his wife and two young children at 2.25 in the morning and almost immediately crashing his vehicle.
So I have to say it again – this story is going to run and run….

TigerAs I wrote earlier this week, claims that Tiger Woods had been having an affair with a New York socialite was a story that was going to run and run…

Well, the aftermath of the allegations have had an astonishing sequel – with Woods leaving the marital home at 2.25am and crashing his SUV into a fire hydrant and then a tree.

When police arrived they found him lying in the street with his beautiful wife Elin hovering over him. She told the officers she had heard the crash and came out and broke the back window of the vehicle with a golf club in order to get her husband out of the vehicle. Tiger was described as slipping in and out of consciousness.

He was taken to hospital by ambulance in what was said at the time to be a serious condition, but later hospital officials and a spokesperson for the world number one golfer said he had been released and was ‘fine’.

While it sounded at first that this was hot news, it has since transpired that the incident occurred 12 hours before the media learned about it. Police say they still do not know what caused Tiger to crash but said alcohol was not involved. It was suggested, however, that charges could follow if there was a clear traffic violation.

The incident occurred as the web was running hot with a report in the National Enquirer that Tiger had been having a fling with New York socialite Rachel Uchitel. It must be wondered what Tiger was doing leaving the mansion where he lives with his wife and two young children at 2.25 in the morning and almost immediately crashing his vehicle.

So I have to say it again – this story is going to run and run….

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