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In a last-ditch effort to save his marriage, a shell-shocked Tiger Woods will check into rehab to seek treatment for his sexual compulsions and prescription drug use, insiders have told The ENQUIRER exclusively.
The disgraced golfing great agreed to get help at an Arizona clinic after spending the Christmas holiday with pals, say sources.
The serial cheater's decision to get therapy is part of a deal struck with wife Elin Nordegren to persuade her not to dump him. As she is reportedly off to Sweden with their two children leaving the disgraced to putter to fend for himself over the holidays.
"Elin gave Tiger an ultimatum - seek treatment or forget all about winning her back," revealed an insider.
"Rehab is at the top of the list of things he must do. Tiger will be going into rehab in early January to treat his sexual compulsion and his use of the drugs Ambien and Vicodin."
Tiger - whose problems are so serious he temporarily quit golf - "broke down and admitted he had a problem and needed therapy," disclosed the insider.
"He has quit the PGATour to show Elin he is serious about changing his ways. But Elin also wants to relocate the family to Sweden and have Tiger fire key members of his entourage to make a clean start.
"And, of course, he has promised her that he won't ever cheat again."
The biggest hurdle could be Elin's determination to clean house by firing some members of "Team Tiger," says the insider.
Many reports say Team Tiger found lithesome play-mates off for the confessed adulterer.
"Before all this blew up, Elin was already worried about the amount of medication Tiger was taking and its effects on him. She believes this contributed to some of the rest of his problems."
Woods reportedly started taking powerful Vicodin painkillers during rehabilitation from last year's knee surgery and popped Ambien sleeping pills to help with his insomnia.
Woods was also listed as a suspected "overdose" when he was admitted to Health Central Hospital near his home in Windermere, Fla., according to reports.
"Tiger has been trying to kick Ambien on his own - but the stress of recent developments has made things difficult," disclosed the insider."
Tiger Girl Numero Uno party girl Rachel Uchitel reportedly said she and Tiger used Ambien during their lovemaking. "We have crazier sex on Ambien," she declared.
As the star feverishly attempts damage control, the insider cautions: "If he ever hopes to save the marriage, he has to follow Elin's demands."
But with his yacht Privacy still in drydock, and Elin heading off to a festive family gathering in Sweden, spies have spotted Uchitel a golf club's throw away from the boat.
Rehab or a booty call? Time will tell but only if a Tiger can change his stripes.
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