Rachel Uchitel, P.I.? A procession of Tiger Woods's alleged mistresses marched through the headlines in late 2009 and early 2010, and many of the women experienced some time in the limelight after discussing their affairs with the then top-ranked golfer in the world. Predictably, the waitresses, hostesses and call girls quickly faded back into oblivion, and most have barely been heard from again. (Jaimee Grubbs, anyone?)
Rachel Uchitel, however, is moving on. And the Tiger scandal has apparently spurred her into a new career.
Uchitel, who never publicly discussed her relationship with Woods but was often referred to as "Mistress No. 1" during the height of the saga and later became a cast member on TV's "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew," is about to graduate from detective school — and a job is waiting for her, writes CNN's Alan Duke.
The former New York nightclub hostess who gained fame when she was named as one of golfer Tiger Woods' alleged mistresses could soon be helping clients track cheating spouses.
Rachel Uchitel graduates from the DGA Detectives Academy in Los Angeles next month, according to school director Dale Gustafson.
"She's smart," Gustafson said Wednesday. "One of her strengths is field interviews and getting information from people."
A job with Gustafson's agency is waiting for Uchitel, he said. "She's expressed an interest in doing that, but it's still up in the air."
Uchitel, halfway through the 10-week course, has already studied asset recovery, criminal defense, family law, skip tracing and missing persons investigations, he said.
"I have a feeling she's going to be specializing in missing persons," he said. "She really does have a strength there."
For Tiger mistresses hoping to hide out and return to obscurity, this news must seem terrifying. Woods still golf's top earner Tiger hasn't had much to celebrate this year, but he did hold onto the top spot in total earnings among all golfers, despite losing major deals with Gatorade, Accenture and most recently Gillette. Golf World has compiled a list of golf's top earners on and off the course, and Ryan Ballengee of NBCSports.com has weighed in:
When Tiger Woods admitted on his website to extramarital affairs and shattered the wholesome image of a fiery competitor that appealed to so many advertisers, the former top-ranked player had to realize his salary was going to take a haircut. It certainly did on the course, finishing 61st on the PGA Tour money list. The saga cost him much more off of the course, though.
Golf World’s Ron Sirak composed the annual list of golf’s top 50 earning figures. Woods was still number one on the list with a combined $72.3 million, but he lost some estimated $48 million between 2009 and 2010.
If rumors of a $110 million settlement with ex-wife Elin Nordegren are true, then Woods made some $48 million less than the settlement.
Phil Mickelson checked in at No. 2 on the list with more than $40 million. Despite not making a dime on the course, Annika Sorenstam was still the top-earning woman, with $5.75 million. Among the first-timers on the list: Dustin Johnson (28), Justin Rose (32) and Rickie Fowler (45). Place your bets Bodog.com has some early betting odds for the 2011 season. Tiger Woods is the favorite to win the PGA Tour money title at 1-to-1, and Phil Mickelson is the second choice at 8-to-1. Jim Furyk and Dustin Johnson are tied for third at 14-to-1. Tweet of the Day Last night Paul Azinger fired off dozens of tweets while brainstorming his all-time favorite movie quote. It apparently cost him a few followers … and he hasn't learned his lesson.