“I support him 100%,” said Irene Folstrom, who said she dated Woods in the mid-1990s when they were undergrads at Stanford University. “Of course, he was unfaithful and he has his faults, but he is really a good person.”
Folstrom, 35, who lives in northern Minnesota, hasn’t spoken to the golfer in more than 10 years, but says she has kept up with mutual college pals who report that Woods is focused on winning back wife Elin Nordegren.
“He is willing to do whatever it takes to salvage his marriage and his reputation and his professional life,” said Folstrom. “He is focusing on his family, his marriage and his children.”
Maintaining that the golfer was faithful to her when they dated, Folstrom said she was taken aback when she heard of his multiple affairs.
“It was a complete surprise because the Tiger I know would never have done anything like this,” she said. “He has so much self-control and is so disciplined. When he married Elin, I thought he would settle down … I don’t know where it fell apart.”
By Folstrom’s account, Woods was anything but a ladies’ man back in college. “He definitely was a dork,” she recalled with a laugh. “He was kinda scrawny and wore thick glasses. He didn’t really have a lot of female attention.” — People.com.