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Wed, Jan 06, 2010
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Tiger Woods bares all

BARE-CHESTED and pumping iron, Tiger Woods' other side is now exposed to the world.

The shamed golfer may still be in hiding after having been engulfed by a cheating scandal, but readers will get an eyeful of him in next month's issue of Vanity Fair.

In a much-criticised move, a British High Court judge granted 34-year-old Woods an injunction last month preventing the British media from publishing naked photos of the sportsman, reported The Daily Mail.

But the revealing cover shot and a set of photos inside the magazine of the stripped-down golfer working out - including one of him hanging from a bar - show off his body as never before.

They were taken by acclaimed celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz in January 2006, long before his reputation was wrecked by a stream of allegations that the father-of-two cheated on his wife, Ms Elin Nordegren, with as many as 18 women.

But they still show the golfer in a very different light, compared to the genial gentleman of the greens he was known as, before the scandal.

The portfolio is part of a session in which Ms Leibovitz snapped photos of the golf champion to show off his buffed-up body and his keep-fit regimen.

Under the headline "Tiger in the Rough", Woods is seen in one photo inside the magazine wearing the same wool cap as he does on the cover, but with his bare back turned to the camera.

In another shot, he is seen naked from the chest up and staring menacingly. A third photo shows him doing sit-ups. The magazine said the pictures capture him "in prophetic isolation".

There was some mystery over how the photos surfaced.

 

 

Vanity Fair said the "raw, unguarded" pictures were part of the photographer's archive and that she approached the magazine with them after the cheating scandal broke.

A spokesman said she did not know why the four-year- old photos had not been published earlier and Ms Leibovitz was not available for comment.

The accompanying article includes interviews with some of the sports reporters who covered Woods for years to find out how he kept his philandering secret for so long.

Writer Buzz Bissinger also revisits the embarrassing interview that Woods gave to GQ magazine in 1997, when he joked about lesbian sex and the endowments of black athletes.

While Woods' wife is said to have spent the holidays celebrating her 30th birthday far from her husband in the French Alps, there was a report in the United States yesterday that the golfer was in Africa.

The website TMZ quoted a source as saying Woods was planning to go to a friend's estate in Africa and completely disappear from public view, until the scandal blows over.

 


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