UPDATE 2: Wait, maybe retired sportswriter Furman Bisher actually does operate the site purporting to be his. Then why did he publish this story? Maybe he believed it? Maybe he published it as a joke (he doesn’t sound like he’s joking). Maybe he was bored? In any event, we still think this story is likely closer to the reality than the official ones.
UPDATE: Nice! We assumed the story might be fake AND that the “sportswriter” who published it might be fake. But we did not assume that the sportswriter might be real and that someone might have created a whole fake web site pretending to be him. Live and learn.
EARLIER: A self-described retired sportswriter named Furman Bisher has supposedly published a supposed fourth-hand account of what happened between Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren the night of Tiger’s accident–as well as what has happened since.
Bisher appears to think the account is accurate.
We have no idea whether it’s accurate, and it’s possible that the entire thing is fiction. The story does at least fit more of the the facts than the official ones do. And, in any event, we do not regret the 90 seconds we spent reading it.
The key points:
- Elin hit Tiger with a 9-iron inside the house, breaking a bone in his face and almost knocking out two of his teeth.
- Tiger ran from the house.
- Elin chased him, swinging.
- Elin smashed the windows of the car, contributing to the crash.
- Tiger flew to Phoenix the next day for emergency surgery on his face. He is still recovering from this surgery and won’t be seen in public for another month.
- The couple are undergoing full-time marriage counseling and want to stay together
- Rachel Uchitel is in Palm Beach, near Tiger’s boat, but she’s not staying on it.
- Tiger is staying in Bay Hill, where he hits balls at night.
Interestingly, “Bisher” seems dumbfounded by the amount of attention paid to his story, which he says was intended to be read only by a handful of friends. (A reader suggests that this itself is just another bogus detail designed to give the story cred).
Here’s how it begins:
The following is a legitimate message I received from a trustworthy journalist I have known for years. It’s the Tiger-Elin incident finally put into reliable form, and I send along for no purpose other than to present the picture in its clearest form. —Furman Bisher
I have a Member who lives 10 houses down from Tiger in Isleworth. As we know Tiger’s agent is Mark Steinberg. My Member plays golf and is real good friends with another IMG Agent; who is very good friends with Steinberg and they share the same office. This information came from the other IMG Agent to my Member, and then to me today, and according to them is up to date as yesterday when my Member left Orlando.
On Thanksgiving Day, after he and Elin and the family had turkey dinner, he spent the rest of the afternoon on the couch watching football and texting Rachel. After each received and sent text message he would clear his message box to rid himself of the evidence. Sometime in between there, one of his Orlando buds called him to see if he wanted to get together at the Clubhouse to play poker with the guys, to which Tiger said yes. Tiger left the house around 7:30 to go play poker, and left behind his cell phone….and one message he had forgot to delete from Rachel.
When Tiger returned home around 11:30 -12 that night, Elin confronted him about the text message in the phone, and the started a heated discussion to its regards.
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