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SI.com's Richard Deitsch, who spearheaded the site's coverage of the Winter Games in Vancouver for more than two weeks, covered another respected, prestigious and newsworthy event today -- "The Tiger Woods Mistress Beauty Pageant," put together by none other than Howard Stern. Here is Deitsch's account of the, um, competition:
The conversation ranged from genital size to safe-sex practices to other peccadilloes normally omitted from the Golf Channel. In the annals of beauty pageants, give radio personality Howard Stern credit for a master stroke of publicity: On Wednesday morning he pitted three women claiming to be the mistresses of Tiger Woods in the "Tiger Woods Mistress Beauty Pageant."
Stern's employer, SIRIUS XM Radio, invited a handful of press people (including the Huffington Post, AOL, Access Hollywood, Extra TV, TMZ, the New York Daily News and SI.com) to watch the show live at its studios in midtown Manhattan. Alas, there was very little golf talk, though one of the women, Jaimee Grubbs, claimed that Woods had texted her on his way to the Masters and told her he would contact her after the famed tournament.
The winner was Jamie Jungers, a 27-year-old swimsuit model who said she met Woods at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas in 2005 and carried on a multiyear relationship with him. Jungers said she knew Woods was married when they first met, and that she eventually fell in love with him. Notably, she claimed Woods flew her coach to visit him and that he was an awful tipper. Contestant Loredana Jolie's claims were the tawdriest of the three, while Grubbs claimed that she and Woods were a low-key couple and that she made him watch Desperate Housewives.
The competition was equal parts sad, surreal and hilarious. Holding a bouquet of flowers placed on a golf iron, and wearing a tiara given by Stern staffers clad in sweaters fresh out of a golf pro shop, Jungers called winning the $75,000 first-place prize "the best day ever." "I'm so excited," she said. "Yesterday was my birthday. I just feel blessed. She eventually thanked her mom and "her little dog Apple."
Stern said he believed Woods did not owe an apology to anyone other than his wife, Elin. He also said that he didn't think Woods had learned anything from the experience. "You know what we learned today?" Stern said, laughing. "We learned that I'm wonderful and that Nike should endorse me."