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Tiger Woods mistress apologises to wife on TV as Nike call infidelities 'a minor blip'

15 DECEMBER 2009

One of the 12 women to be linked to Tiger Woods has made a public apology to the sportsman's wife Elin Nordegren.

"I'm just sorry for her pain," says Cori Rist, who claims she was with the golfer for six months after meeting him in 2006.

Speaking during a TV interview for America's The Today Show, she continues: "I hate that I'm a part of it. I feel that I have to take responsibility for the things I've done. I can't imagine the pain she is feeling right now.

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"I was being selfish (when I started this relationship). I didn't think about her, I just believed what he was telling me.

"I'd just say [to her] that I'm sorry. She's obviously having to be very strong now.

"I had no idea it would be like this.

"One day I'll have to look my son in the face and explain all this."

Meanwhile the chairman of Nike, Tiger's biggest commercial sponsor, has given his backing to the sports star.

Phil Knight, co-founder of the brand says: "When his career is over you'll look back on these indiscretions as a minor blip, but the media is making a big thing about it right now."

Yesterday it emerged Tiger had lost his deal with business consultancy Accenture. Since then Swiss watchmakers Tag Hauer said they were standing by him.

A company spokesperson said the 33-year-old was "the best in the domain" and that his personal problems were "not our business".

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