Jun
8
2010
Down Under Goes Overboard for Tiger Again
By Stephanie Wei under General

Tiger Woods announced on Tuesday that he will return to Melbourne this November to defend his title at the Australian Masters — for the going rate of his $3 million appearance fee, half of which will be picked up by the Victorian government (again).

The Aussies gave Tiger a grand welcome last year, where he enjoyed the adoration of thousands of fans who lined the fairways to catch a glimpse of the world’s number-one golfer. Via his website, Tiger commented:

“I am pleased to be able to return to Melbourne to defend the JBWere Masters. The Australian galleries made last year’s event a great experience for all the players and I look forward to playing at The Victoria Golf Club in November.”

For some reason, I’m thinking there could be some hecklers in the crowd this year.

His return will be bittersweet as, it was in Melbourne that The National Enquirer caught the smoking gun that helped to ignite his sex scandal — mistress #1 Rachel Uchitel was seen at his hotel and later it was discovered that Team Tiger booked her travel.

And we thought this was the worst of Tiger’s Aussie flings:

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