Lawton spilled the beans in an interview with Vanity Fair, saying that Woods even told her to get in touch with his agent, Mark Steinberg, when The National Enquirer learned of their affair.
Woods will be making his return to golf next week at Augusta National after months of seclusion following revelations that he cheated on his wife.
Several players have been asked if it will be awkward to first see Woods on the golf course or to play with him when he returns to golf at the Masters.
"Everybody that tells you that it was the same as before would be kidding themselves," Ben Curtis told The Associated Press on Friday. "It was obviously a little bit different. When I saw him, no one had actually really seen him in public."
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