Mindy Lawton is one of the former mistresses of Tiger Woods, the American golf star. Lawton and Woods began their trysts in 2006, and it lasted for about 14 months. While these encounters were purely physical for Woods, it wasn’t for Lawton as she fell in love with him. Her affections were, however, never reciprocated until their affair came to an end in 2007.
Both parties moved on, and Woods’ indiscretions later became public knowledge two years later. Lawton granted several interviews, and this propelled her into the spotlight. She later disappeared as the scandal died down and maintains a private lifestyle to date.
Mindy Lawton is a Native of Florida
While most of the women that Tiger Woods had affairs with hailed from places far away from his place of birth, Mindy Lawton is a notable difference. She is a native of Orlando, Florida. She has American nationality and Caucasian ethnicity. She was born in the year 1975, meaning that Mindy Lawton is 48 years old.
While details about her family background and early life are sketchy, it is known that Mindy Lawton has two sisters namely Bobbi and Lynn Lawton (a grade school teacher). She also had parents who looked out for her and theirs is a tight-knit family. Mindy Lawton spent her formative years in Florida and completed her high school diploma around the early 90s.
She Formerly Worked as a Waitress at a Local Florida Diner Frequented by Woods and his Wife
Upon completing her high school studies, Mindy Lawton set her sights on earning an honest living and making a good life for herself. She took up several blue-collar jobs to sustain herself. By the time she was in her 30s i.e. the year 2006, she found work as a waitress at Perkins Diner in Florida. The job paid her about $5 to $8 per hour. She also earned tips from customers.
One of the customers that frequented the place was Tiger Woods. He was already a popular and wealthy golfer at that time and was also very much married. He and his wife, Elin Nordegren, lived in a fancy suburb of Orlando known as Windermere. Part of their routine included driving down to the nearby Perkins Diner each morning to get breakfast.
Mindy Lawton and Tiger Woods Began Their Affair Sometime in 2006
Mindy Lawton and Tiger Woods met each other at the Perkins Diner where Lawton worked as a waitress. As the story goes, whenever Woods and his wife came for breakfast, Elin would focus on reading the morning papers while Woods would ogle the bubbly, outgoing, and good-looking Lawton. She herself equally thought him cute but kept away as it was obvious that Elin was his wife.
Tiger Woods would eventually reach out to Mindy Lawton and invited her to visit him at the Blue Martini, a club that he regularly frequented its VIP section. The single Lawton accepted the invitation and took her elder sister, Bobbi, as a companion. They had fun dancing and drinking. When it was time to go home, Lawton drove her sister to her residence and then returned to meet Woods on the way to his house. They drove in their respective cars to his mansion where they had sex.
Their Relationship Lasted for 14 Months
Following that first sexual encounter, Mindy Lawton and Tiger Woods began a torrid affair that would last for the next 14 months. They met up every fortnight or more and their rendezvous point was often Tiger Woods’ house.
They made sure to meet up when his wife was away or traveling. During their meetings, they had passionate sex in every part of the golfer’s house. This included his TV room, his garage, his shower, and his living room. The only place that was off-limits was his matrimonial bedroom.
Outside of the house, Lawton and Woods also had sex at other places including in his vehicle at a church garage. It was indeed a consuming affair and Lawton fell hard and fast for Tiger Woods. She had no boyfriend, or child and was looking for a relationship.
She, therefore, yearned for that with Woods. It was, however, only a physical thing for the golfer who not only carried on with his marriage but had other affairs as well during this period. Mindy Lawton had no choice but to make peace with the situation.
The Duo Ended their Affair after a Tabloid Discovered their Tryst
Mindy Lawton’s relationship with Tiger Woods ended after their tryst was discovered by a tabloid named The National Enquirer. The duo had carried on their affair with reckless abandon and didn’t take care to hide their tracks properly. Their carefree attitude later landed them in hot water after reporters from the notorious tabloid, The National Enquirer, got their hands on concrete evidence about them.
The tabloid reached out to Tiger Woods’ team and they went into crisis management mode. They convinced them (The National Enquirer) to drop the story in return for Tiger Woods granting an exclusive interview to a sister publication named Men’s Fitness. Everything went on as planned and the story about the affair was killed. Tiger Woods was shaken up by the potential scandal and stopped contacting Mindy Lawton.
Mindy Lawton Spoke Extensively about her Affair with Tiger Woods in the Wake of his Infidelity Scandal of 2009
Tiger Woods may have succeeded in killing The National Enquirer story about him and Mindy Lawton but everything later came out in the open in 2009. The golfer had crashed his car near his house and reports emerged that he was having marital issues. Further revelations then tumbled out showing that he had affairs with nearly a dozen different women. It was a scandal of magnificent proportions and this gave Mindy Lawton the chance to tell her story.
She granted interviews to publications such as Vanity Fair and News of the World during which she gave explicit details about their affair such as the fact that Tiger Woods was physically endowed and knew his way in the bedroom. She also revealed that he loved rough sex. All these revelations dented Tiger Woods’ reputation and he had to take time off to rehab and rebuild his career.
Mindy Lawton was Convicted of Drunk Driving in 2011
Mindy Lawton still lives in Florida but other details of her life remain a mystery as she has stayed out of the spotlight. She could be probably married with kids now and working a regular job but all these are permutations. The last time she made the news was in January 2011 when she was convicted of drunk driving.
According to the authorities, Mindy Lawton committed the crime in 2009 and left her victim with extensive injuries. She was, therefore, sentenced to 363 days in jail, five years probation, and 50 hours of community service. She also lost her license for some time. Mindy Lawton left jail in late 2011 or January 2012 and has maintained a low profile since then.