Tiger Woods’ other New York girl spent the day holed up in her plush Chelsea pad Sunday after she was outed by the Daily News.
Cori Rist is now one of at least six women linked to the golf world’s top swordsman.
The 31-year-old leggy and busty blond spent Sunday calling friends, saying, “My involvement with Tiger Woods has just surfaced,” according to a pal.
Rist also had to explain the sudden media attention to her 7-year-old son, who has idolized Woods since his mother got him an autographed golf club from the Grand Slam-winning legend.
The alleged mistress’ ex-husband, Neil Santos, stopped at her apartment Sunday night to drop off their son but refused to comment.
Woods met Rist at New York hot spot Butter last year, The News’ George Rush and Joanna Molloy reported Sunday.
“They went on to another party,” an insider told The News. “One thing led to another, and, pretty soon, Tiger was flying her to hook up with him on tour.”
Rist said she is declining to comment “at this time” on the fling, which lasted about six months, sources said. She was last spotted at Butter with Woods and a party of friends on a Monday night four weeks ago, a source said.
Rist is said to have tired of being secreted around the country for her hookups with Woods.
“Tiger would typically get a large suite at a hotel. Someone would book Cori an adjacent room, so she wouldn’t be seen coming into his room,” an insider told Rush and Molloy.
“He would get the presidential suite,” the source continued. “It was the ultimate in luxury. The trouble is, he never wanted to leave the room.”
Hailing from the small rural town of Rossford, Ohio, Rist moved to the city determined tobecome a fashion model, butthe closest she got to her dream was modeling swimsuits and activewear in catalogues, a friend said.
She and Santos married in 2002, but by 2005 the relationship was starting to sour. A friend said Rist began taking mysterious trips around the country, frequenting city nightclubs and dressing in expensive clothes and jewelry.
After her divorce was finalized in January 2008, she met Woods, she told friends. She and Santos are battling in Family Court over custody of their son, records show.
As Woods remained in seclusion Sunday, talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey reportedly called him to offer advice – and an outlet to tell his side of the story. Image experts said it could be a good first step toward repairing his image.
While most of the women who have come out of the woodwork were often flown around the world to meet him, Woods didn’t have to stray far from the comforts of his Florida home to find booze and blonds who were not his wife.
He found plenty of homegrown action at Orlando clubs just minutes from his family home in Windermere, Fla., The News has learned.
He was a regular in the VIP rooms at Blue Martini and Club 23, where the billion-dollar man has been known to drop $1,500 a night at the swanky joints.
“When Tiger goes out in Orlando he certainly goes to Blue Martini,” a local club insider told The News. “Any rich and horny guy from the suburbs can go there and leave with a girl on each arm.”
The cavernous party spot is full of intimate corners where regulars say Woods was often seen with packs of women around him.
TMZ.com reported that nearby Club 23 even has a private section known as “The Tiger Room” because Woods spent so many nights there.
Reports of Woods’ close-to-home dalliances come amid reports Sunday that he also hooked up with an Orlando waitress, Mindy Lawton, in a church parking lot and even his home while his then-pregnant wife was out of town.
She told London’s News of the World that he “wanted to spank me and loved pulling my hair as we had sex.”
Other reports linked Woods to 36-year-old blond porn star Holly Sampson. Britain’s Daily Mail reported that the Los Angeles hottie – star of such recent adult films as “OMG, Stop Tickling Me” and “Flying Solo 2″ – is “not denying she bedded Tiger.”
“She has no comment on the matter,” Sampson’s Denver-based lawyer Andrew Contiguglia told The News.
If true, Sampson would be lucky No. 7 on the list of purported Woods’ bedmates, which includes hot-bodied blonds and brunettes with an average age of 30.
The list started with big-lipped beauty Rachel Uchitel, a Manhattan club hostess who hoofed it to Los Angeles to meet lawyer Gloria Allred in the early days of the now-epic Woods scandal that first broke the day after Thanksgiving. Uchitel has both denied and confirmed a relationship with Woods.
Woods’ scorecard of girls also includes:
- Jaimee Grubbs, former contestant on VH1’s “Tool Academy” who has admitted to an affair.
- Kalika Moquin, a 27-year-old Las Vegas nightclub executive, who denies a relationship.
- Jamie Jungers, a Vegas cocktail waitress who allegedly had an 18-month fling with Woods.
The sex scandal erupted in the early-morning hours after Thanksgiving when the golfer crashed his SUV outside his house – apparently after an argument with his wife over another woman.