Cori Rist, one of the other other women in Tiger Woods' life, appeared on the 'Today' show Monday to defend herself from tabloid reports and express deep regret for what she claims was a 2 1/2 year fling with the embattled golfer. "It was just very comfortable," the 31-year-old single mom said of her first encounter with Woods, at an NYC nightclub in 2006. "He was not afraid to show his affection in front of everybody that was there." After that, "he led me by the hand, and we just kind of disappeared, and that was the start."

Their relationship involved meeting up in hotels, where Woods would book adjoining rooms. A source told the Daily News, "Tiger would typically get a large suite at a hotel. Someone would book Cori an adjacent room, so she wouldn't be seen coming into his room."