Tiger Woods' return to the golf course next week will attempt to put attention back on his career, but a new magazine article that claims the pro golfer's inner circle knew about his affairs and enabled them proves interest his past isn't going to fade anytime soon.
Woods' mistresses tell Vanity Fair in an article out today that they communicated directly with the Woods' advisors, who knew the entire time that Woods was cheating on his wife and the mother of his two young children.
Their claims are in direct contrast with Woods' statement in an interview earlier this month that no one but him knew what he was up to.
"It was all me. I'm the one who did it," he said. "I'm the one who acted the way I acted. No one knew what was going on when it was going on."
But waitress Mindy Lawton told Vanity Fair contributing editor Mark Seal, who spent three months interviewing several of Wood's mistresses and other insiders for the article, that when she became nervous that the National Enquirer had caught on to their affair, Woods directed her to his agent, Mark Steinberg.
Steinberg, who declined to comment for the article, reportedly told Lawton, "We'll take care of it."
"Who knew how much they knew, how much they did, how much they facilitated," Seal told "Good Morning America," "but it's hard to believe they didn't."
Lingerie model Jamie Jungers told Seal that her rendezvous with Woods were well-planned with one of the golfer's longtime friends.
"Every time I would fly out to see [Tiger] or schedule itineraries or anything, I would always go through Bryon [Bell]," Jungers told Vanity Fair, referring to Woods's childhood friend and the president of Tiger Woods Design.
Bell also declined to comment.
"The sad thing about it was that all the women seemed to think they were the only one," Seal said.
Sports psychologist Gio Valiante said Woods will certainly need the "air-tight focus" he's known for when he hits the golf course for the Masters.
"He's going to know that the hecklers are coming," he told "Good Morning America." "He's probably going to look at his caddie and say, 'Hey, we got the first one out of the way, now let's go play golf.'"
The Vanity Fair article also reveals new details about Woods' relationship with his beloved father, Earl Woods.
"He had another side. A source tells me that he had affairs and that he showed up to a Father of the Year awards inebriated and speaking in a way you couldn't understand," Seal said.
Seal also delved into Woods' reported gambling habits. He was said to have been a regular presence in Las Vegas' VIP casinos where some put down $25,000 a hand in black jack.
Seal reported that he often spent big money while gambling with basketball heavyweights Charles Barkley and Michael Jordon, both who declined to comment.
While Woods reportedly enjoyed hitting the casinos, Lawton said she never enjoyed his riches. He bought her dinner once, Seal said, and it was a sandwich.
Jungers has also complained in the past that Woods was cheap.
Family therapist Terry Real said the continuing stream of new information and reports about Woods' alleged behavior leads him to believe he was overcome with pressure and a feeling that he was on top of the world.
"Both of those together set up that kind of acting out," Real said, adding that Woods' "drug of choice" to self-medicate appears to be women.
Though the Vanity Fair article exposes the involvement of Woods' inner circle, Real said he may not have to change his team of advisors as part of his continuing therapy as long as those same advisors realize their own behavior needs to change.
"I think that they have to be schooled in a way to support his recovery than to support the old behaviors," he said.