One of the more improbable Tiger Woods rumors to make the rounds this year was The New York Post story that Woods had purchased a $60 million Long Island mansion. For the past two years, Woods has been building a $40-plus million compound in Jupiter Island, Fla. Did the famously private Woods want to abandon that sheltered paradise to hang out in a cold-weather state with Hamptons' celebrities like Jerry Seinfeld and Ralph Lauren? (Not to mention New York’s high taxes.) I’d believe SoCal, where he could watch his Dodgers games, but New York could never be Chez Tiger.
A Sotheby's agent denied the report, as did Woods’s people, and that was pretty much the end of it. Until last week, when Newsday.com explained the confusion. The real buyer of the estate was hedge-fund manager Chris Shumway, who used to be affiliated with the Tiger Management Fund. When people heard that “Tiger” was buying the house, they jumped to the wrong conclusion.