Tiger's College Sweetheart: He Deserves a Second Chance

Tiger's college girlfriend speaks out about the golfer's scandal

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    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 19: Tiger Woods makes a statement from the Sunset Room on the second floor of the TPC Sawgrass, home of the PGA Tour on February 19, 2010 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Woods publicly admitted to cheating on his wife Elin Nordegren but maintained that the issues remain "a matter between a husband and a wife." (Photo by Lori Moffett-Pool/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Tiger Woods

    Tiger Woods' ex-girlfriend thinks the storm surrounding the golfer's admission of infidelity "will only make him stronger," People.com reported.

    Irene Folstrom, 35, dated the golfer while they were undergrads at Stanford. They broke up when he left the school and turned pro after his sophomore year.

    "He is an ironman. He gets thru adversity. Those other players, they better watch out," she said of Woods' eventual return to golf.

    Folstrom hasn't spoken to Woods in more than 10 years, but she thinks he deserves a second chance, according to People. She explained that a mutual friend in closer contact with the golfer assures her that he is dedicated to repairing his relationship with his wife, model Elin Nordegren. "He is willing to do whatever it takes to salvage his marriage and his reputation and his professional life," she says.

    "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.

    She said he never cheated on her and remembers Woods as a "dork" who was "scrawny and wore thick glasses" who didn't have "a lot of female attention."

    But she also recalled Woods as a focused athlete who was up at 6:30 a.m. practicing his game. "He had an immense amount of self-control," she said. 

    "He was never a party animal, never reckless," she said. "He was always very guarded of himself and his friends. He kept his circle very tight and that's the way it is right now."

    Folstrom said she "supports him 100%." And while she doesn't approve of his prowling, she is confident that he'll soon return to dominate the golf course.