Fact Check

Was Tiger Woods Ordered to Take 137 Paternity Tests?

A "satirical" web site published a fabricated story that plays on an old, debunked allegation against the golfer.

Published Nov. 3, 2017

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In the autumn of 2017, a Florida judge ordered golfer Tiger Woods to undergo 137 paternity tests.

In recent years, Tiger Woods' personal life has provided fodder for tabloid scandals and now, fake news.

In August 2017, the notorious "satirical" web site World News Daily Report falsely reported that a judge in Florida had ordered the golfer to take 137 paternity tests.

The famous golf star Tiger Woods has taken another hit this morning as a state court ordered him to undergo a total of 137 paternity tests. The court's decision comes after request [sic] formulated by 121 women who claim to have been Wood's [sic] mistresses and to have given birth to his children.

The story is fabricated. No such court order has been handed down, and a photograph which the article claims shows "Molly Sanders" and her eight-year-old son "Tommy" is, in fact, a stock photograph that can be found on two web sites with the description "Stock photo of young Caucasian mother with bi-racial 8 year old son smiling."

In 2010, a Florida sex worker known as Devon James filed a paternity lawsuit against Woods, claiming he was the father of her then nine-year-old son. In reality, a 2002 DNA test had already established that another man was the boy's father, and James' lawsuit was dismissed, according to Inside Edition.

Woods has publicly admitted to multiple instances of infidelity to his former wife Elin Nordegren, and has undergone treatment for sex addiction.

World News Daily Report has a long record of entirely fabricated and sensationalist stories. A tongue-in-cheek disclaimer on the web site warns readers not to trust what they read on there:

WNDR shall not be responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this website or by any technical or human error which may occur.

WNDR assumes however all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people –  are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.


Inside Edition.  "DNA Test Conflicts Mistress's Claims Tiger Woods Fathered a Child."   Inside Edition.  27 August 2010.

Goldman, Russell; Berman, John.  "Tiger Woods Apologizes, Plans to Return to Rehab Before Golf."   ABC News.  19 February 2010.

Dan Mac Guill is a former writer for Snopes.