The year was 1996 when Tiger Woods became pro in golf. He hasn’t left the spotlight in the past two decades! However, he did get some bad press when his affairs came to light. His ex-wife Elin Nordegren must have had a difficult time back in 2009 as the controversy took its toll on her and their family. Let’s see what they’re doing today.
When Elin First Caught The Public’s Attention
Everyone first found out about Elin Nordegren when she and Tiger Woods began dating. Everyone loved the couple, but the breakup boosted the public’s interest in them as well. When the story about their split broke out, the press blew up. Elin mostly kept quiet through it all, but she has finally broken her silence.
A Marriage Falling Apart
When their marriage was coming to a close, the golfer was already a controversial figure. He got into legal trouble, went to rehab, and had affairs with numerous women. We’re sure the troubled marriage and career hiatus didn’t make things any easier. We know a lot about him, but what do we know about Elin?
Elin Nordegren Is Born
Elin Nordegren was born in Stockholm, Sweden on January 1, 1980. Her twin sister, Josefin, was born only a minute after. They also have an older brother named Axel. Unfortunately, their parents divorced two years after the girls were born.
Elin’s Younger Years
Elin was an enthusiastic and curious little girl who did well in school and scored goals on the soccer field. In the late ‘90s, she decided to move to Germany with her father in tow. She returned to Sweden after several years, which was when she was discovered by a photographer.
A Successful Modeling Gig
Bingo Rimer worked with her and the work achieved plenty of success. She was then approached by various companies and got a feature in a famous Swedish magazine! However, she still had her dreams of becoming a child psychologist. She left modeling to pursue side jobs to earn the funds for college.
A New Start
It was a tough way to college for her since had to work part-time to make ends meet. Things turned around when she met someone looking for a nanny while working at a store in Stockholm. She was the wife of golfer Jesper Parnevik! She then dropped out of college and left her family in Sweden behind.
Life In America
She knew that she would have to leave behind her family and boyfriend when she said yes. However, she was thrilled to go to America. This meant breaking up with her boyfriend, but she soon met someone else.
Hesitant To Date A Star
She did not mind the attempts of the Parneviks to hook her up with a new man. However, she did not expect them to introduce Tiger Woods to her! She liked her life as it was and knew dating someone like that would change everything. She was not all that receptive to him in the beginning but eventually agreed to go out. Two years later, they were engaged.
An Incredible Wedding
Although she was not entirely convinced, Tiger Woods changed her mind. The wedding was dreamy, and the festivities lasted over a week. It all happened in Barbados and they booked a hotel for all the guests.
Security Was Air-Tight
Tiger made sure that it was a wedding to remember. For one thing, they reserved Sandy Lane Resort. He also got 500 roses flown into the island! The security was tight, of course, which explains why there are no public photos of the wedding. The authenticity of this photo has come into question.
Living The High Life
During the years of their marriage, Tiger reached the apex of his career, so they had more than enough money to go around. They had a waterfront mansion as well as other real estate property across the country.
In 2006, she got into a scandal when an Irish magazine published nude photos that allegedly belonged to her. They did not have evidence to back it up, and Elin claimed she was not the woman in the images.
Elin Successfully Clears Her Name
Elin told the truth and debunked the claim to clear her name. She got help from attorneys and investigators who tracked the photos’ origins. Apparently, it was an ex-Playboy model! They took them to court and won the case. She received a settlement worth $200,000 as well as a public apology.
First Time Parents
When the rumors subsided, the lovebirds put their family life first. In 2007, Tiger and Elin welcomed a daughter called Sam Alexis Woods. Tiger looks like a good father here, a far cry from his current image.
The DNA Of A Golf Legend
Two years after this, the couple had been blessed with one more child: Charlie Axel Woods. They looked like the perfect family with a dad, mom, daughter, and son. Charlie also plays golf, though the kids are both more interested in soccer.
Early Signs of Relationship Trouble
During Thanksgiving in 2009, the first signs of trouble popped up. Several days before the holiday, Elin found an article that claimed Tiger had an affair with Rachel Uchitel while he was in New York. He denied the allegations, though she remained in doubt. After going through his phone, she found proof.
In A Rage
Elin flew into a rage after seeing the evidence for herself. Reports hint that she was about to attack him with a golf club, although he managed to get into his car and escape. However, he got into an accident since he took sleeping pills not long before this. He was discovered unconscious beside a fire hydrant.
Their Own Share Of Troubles
They had lots of issues by then. Elin did not handle the situation very well, but who could blame her? Tiger should have dealt with it instead of running away from his wife as well!
Money Helps In Keeping Secrets
When the media got hold of it, Rachel Uchitel wanted to tell her side of the story. However, she chose to drop it just before she was due to appear on media. Apparently, she received $10,000 from the golfer. Unfortunately, he did not manage to do the same thing for the other women he had dalliances with.
Proof Of Husband’s Infidelity
This photo includes some of the ladies he slept with in the past. You are looking at Holly Sampson, Cori Rist, Jaime Jungers, Holly Sampson, and Kalika Moquin here. There were more ladies, of course.
The woman you are looking at is none other than Jaimee Grubs. She said she was his mistress for more than two years. The cocktail waitress and former Tool Academy contestant said she did not know he was a married man.
The Third Mistress
There was another mistress who was a Jamie as well. Jamie Jungers was a lingerie model in Las Vegas who narrated her story. She said she and Tiger were together for a year and three months.
Yet Another Mistress
Theresa Rogers is a “cougar” considered to be the 11th woman to reveal her affair with Tiger. According to her, he is the father of her child as well! She said the affair spanned five years.
Keeping A Low Profile
Elin decided to stay on the down-low after everything came out. It must have been mortifying and shocking, but we bet she was seething. Everyone wanted to know what she thought about all of it.
Someone To Turn To
She must have felt more and more alone as the revelations continued. It was a good thing she had her twin sister to support her. They went to the French Alps to celebrate their 30th birthday together.
Always Twin Sisters
The sisters did everything together and were very close. The two shared their secrets with one another and even worked together at the store where she met Mrs. Parnevik. They both moved to the US too.
Adjusting To Life In America
They got used to caring for the Parnevik kids and were on their way to getting citizenship. Elin got used to the lifestyle over there quickly, but Josefin did not have such an easy time. She later moved to England and took on a job in the legal field.
Help From A Sister
Josefin would be an invaluable ally for Elin in the divorce proceedings, both in the personal and professional sense. She did not initially approve of divorce because she thought things could still work out. When Elin was determined to do it, Josefin gave in and worked on the divorce proceedings.
How Much Did Elin Get?
The fans of the couple were saddened to hear the news. However, there were those who wanted to know how much Elin was getting from the divorce. Was she going to be a millionaire after all this?
Ending Up A Millionaire Herself
The prenup stated that Elin was going to get $20 million, but the amount was bound to change after everything. The press reported different amounts, from $750k to $1 billion! In the end, she got $110 million, about a sixth of his total net worth.
Keeping The Divorce Proceeding Inaccessible To The Public
The public did not have access to the divorce proceeding, and the press was barred from the court. Elin preferred it this way as she wanted to keep things private. Both parties probably requested it.
Custody Of The Kids
Although it is true that only they had access to the hearing, a lot of people wanted to know what was going to happen to the kids. Elin did not deny him custody of the kids. He was not that bad of a father.
How Much Infidelity Costs
A lot of people wanted to know the exact amount of the divorce settlement. They did not know why Elin received the amount she did, although Tiger might have been ordered to give her more money.
Having Lingering Feelings
Elin went through a lot over the course of the marriage, but she confessed she still had feelings for him. After all, he is still the father of her kids! Nevertheless, she owned up to the golf club incident.
Emotional And Physical Effects
She suffered for months and only felt worse when the truth about his infidelities started to come out. She felt silly she did not learn about them sooner. It even affected her physical and emotional health.
Elin Breaks Her Silence
When the golf club incident news came out, the media painted her as the antagonist. She later went on screen to clarify what happened. After the argument, he left the house. When she heard some loud noise from outside, she saw the accident he got into and grabbed a golf club to break the windshield.
Elin found the stories told by the media to be unbelievable, so she set the record straight. She only wanted to clear her name and return to her regular life. However, Tiger’s fans attacked her.
Taking Control Over Her Life
It was hard for her to let go of the past, but she needed a fresh start. She just found out that her ex-husband had been lying to her the whole time, but she had to take care of their kids on her own now. She started journaling, which helped speed up the healing process.
Both of them have moved on, although Elin was the only one successful at clearing her name. It does not seem like Tiger had any regrets about his past either. In 2016, he said he regretted dropping out of Stanford but that was it.
They Still Talk
Despite everything, Elin has wrestled control of her life once more for the future of her kids. When she and Tiger meet, they still talk and remain friendly. Her only condition is that the kids should not meet his girlfriend unless he gets married to her.
Tiger Has Found A New Love
Tiger appears to have moved on and found love once more with Erica Herman. It is a little hard to get married when she has not met his kids yet, but Elin wanted this to keep the children safe at all costs.
No Trouble Finding New Love
Elin seems to know what she’s doing because Tiger fell in love with Kristin Smith a few months before that. The press followed the relationship closely, although it fizzled when Tiger was spotted with Erica.
More Of The Same Classic Story
We know it might seem bizarre that he moved on so quickly from one woman to another, but this is Tiger we are talking about. It seems like he had been cheating on Kristin with Erica back then.
The Need For Change
It turns out that someone else aside from Elin decided to get a lifestyle change. The press revealed that he slept with at least a hundred women during his marriage. He ended up checking himself into rehab.
Starting A New Life
Although life was hard on Elin, she decided to move forward and start over with her kids. With the money she received, she purchased an old mansion near the beach and rebuilt it. How cool is that?
A New Space For A New Beginning
The new space ended up costing her $12 million, but money was not an issue here. The house has 6 beds, 8 baths, a private beach, and a size of 9,000 square feet. It was located near Tiger’s house too.
Rebuilding From Scratch
She thought she needed to undergo rehab as well, so she put in all her time and energy into renovating the property. She took it a step further by demolishing the old house and starting from scratch!
A Generous And Practical Move
She contacted a charity called ‘Habitat for Humanity’ to donate various old items. It was a generous move on her end as they managed to get thousands of dollars for the things they found in the house.
Another Beach Mansion
Elin had another beach property, a two-bedroom San Remo townhouse in Juno beach. She got it for a million bucks in 2011 before investing in money to remodel it. She sold it for $2.2 million later that year.
Elin Finds A New Love
She did not just find a new house but ended up falling in love there as well. Months after moving in, she got to know a mining businessman neighbor called Chris Cline. Unfortunately, things did not last.
A Huge Age Gap
People judged them since he was older than her by more than two decades. They thought he was more like a sugar daddy to her, but why on earth would she need money when she had lots of her own?
She Was Not Heartbroken
Even after the breakup, Elin did not dwell on the failed relationship. In 2015, she found the time to spend the day at the beach with her friends. Can you believe Tiger let someone like this go?
One More Chance
Maybe she saw the direction of the wind but take a look at this shot of Chris and Elin as they were hiking at St. Moritz. They sure look happy and in love here, don’t they? It’s a shame they broke up.
Rumors Are Flying Around
They do not seem to mind whatever the press was saying about the relationship. The two lived in paradise and cared naught for others. The details have yet to be revealed but this was expected.
Finding Love Half A World Away
This photo was taken of Elin while she was at LAX. Rumors said that she was seeing Jamie Dingham, who came from Sweden. It is certainly true that love moves in mysterious ways, isn’t it?
Rumors With A Musician
We do not know much about Chris and Elin, although that did not last anyway. In 2016, Elin was spotted with Gavin Rossdale of Bush. He was married to Gwen Stefani back then and reportedly cheated on her.
A Similar Path
Do you think she did what all of her ex-husband’s mistresses did? It is tough to imagine that Elin would willingly put herself in such a position after everything that she had to go through.
Yet Another New Love
When Chris and Elin first started going out, they went on a double date with Tiger and Lindsey Vonn! In all fairness, the latter two were together for 3 years. Unfortunately, Tiger cheated on her once more.
A Different Type Of Scandal
Controversies like this happen when you reach a certain amount of fame. In 2017, nude pictures of Tiger and Lindsey were leaked by hackers! Many thought it odd that she kept these photos after breaking up.
Returning To Her One Love
After everything that went on, there is probably no way Tiger and Elin will find their way back to each other. However, there was something else that she decided to back to: her studies. She finished her child psychology degree in 2014 at last.
Hard To Break Away From Scandals
After her divorce, she had to deal with a lot of things. In 2017, she found herself in the spotlight once more after she got caught speeding on a 35mph road. She paid $281 in fines and took lessons.
Although she has gotten into a lot of mess before, she is glad for the lessons she learned. She still lives in the US with a better appreciation for life and love. She and Tiger remain friends despite everything.
When you consider everything, the two of them have been through thick and thin but managed to come through anyway. The two have started anew and reconciled with each other. We are happy for them.
A Friendship Based On Love
This was what Tiger had to say about how he and Elin stay friends: “It becomes two simple things, OK? We have Sam and we have Charlie. And we love them so much that we are going to do whatever it takes to make that work. That’s how it happened.”
Keep Going Under The Radar
There is not much Elin could do about the paparazzi that hound her. After the high-profile divorce from a golf legend, that is just how it is. She just chooses not to pay attention and stay under the radar.
Tiger still expresses no regrets about how everything that happened. However, the Parneviks seem to regret introducing the two in the first place. They decided to stick by Elin while it was all going down.
There have been other scandals that no longer concern them, but people continue to dig into it. On the Stephen Colbert show, Tiger went on to explain that they were “best friends”. Who would’ve thought?
The Real Tiger Woods
Many wonder how he has turned into the person he is today. Although some people say it comes from his father, others think it was the projectile trajectory of his life that made him the person he now is.
Like Father, Like Son
Before the age of two, his amateur golfer dad introduced him to the sport. Earl Woods saw the potential he had, and that was how he became a child prodigy. This was a decision that shaped his life.
Tiger Woods first graced our television screens in 1978. He was only two years old then! That is a great accomplishment for someone so young. He was on The Mike Douglas Show with Bob Hope.
Star In The Making
When he was three years old, Tiger Woods shot a 48 over nine holes on the Cypress Navy course. When he was five, he was featured in Golf Digest as well as ABC’s “That’s Incredible”.
Not Even 7
He was not even seven yet when he made another impressive move in public. Tiger Woods won first place for the Under Age 10 section at the “Drive, Pitch, and Putt” at the Cypress Navy course.
His father said that his son beat him at a game when he was just 11 years old. After that, Earl never won another game against his son again. He already won the Junior World Championships six times by then. At the age of 15, he was the youngest U.S. Junior Amateur champion.
Tiger Woods was also growing so quickly that he could not keep using the same size clubs. In fact, he had to change the length of the clubs twice between the ages of 16 and 17.
In 1994, he started going to Stanford University on a golf scholarship. He majored in economics and earned the nickname “Urkel”. He later dropped out to go pro instead. Was it the right choice for him?
When talking about hand and finger control, the golf superstar actually has a secret. It turns out that video games helped him become amazing at this. Yup, that is what he credits for his skills.
Woods And EA Games
We don’t know if he still spends time playing video games, but we think that it would be fun if he ever played the video game made in his honor. We mean “Tiger Woods PGA Tour”, of course.
It was in 1996 that he was supposed to get an award for being the top college golfer at a dinner at Stanford. However, he opted to skip the event. We don’t know why, but he apparently wrote letters to the guests to apologize for not showing up.
No, Thank You
During a tournament in Thailand back in 2000, he got the incredible offer of a Thai citizenship. He politely turned it down. Did you know that his mother Kultida “Tida” Woods is from Thailand? She and Earl met while he was on duty in 1968.
He became the youngest golfer to ever have 50 victories to his name at 30 years old in 2006! How is it possible for someone that young to be so good? We feel both jealous and amazed.
Losing His Father
In April 2006, his mind was not on the game. That was the time when his father was experiencing a worsening physical state thanks to his battle with cancer. Tiger decided to go on a three-month hiatus.
After going through an amazing junior, college, and amateur golf career, he turned pro at the age of 20 in 1996. Four years later, he got a $105 million Nike deal, then the biggest athlete endorsement contract.
His Own Book
Did you think that his hand was only great for swinging? If that was what you thought, wait till you hear about how he penned the book “How I Play Golf”. It came out in 2001 and sold over 1.5 million copies.
In November 2003, Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods got engaged. They met each other at The Open Championship in 2001 after Jesper Parnevik introduced them. They tied the knot in October 2004.
Woods did not play golf from December 2009 until April 2010. The hiatus was to focus on his troubled marriage after his extramarital affairs came to light. He also had multiple injuries at the time.
His fans were outraged in April 2013 at the Masters Tournament when the officials were considering getting him disqualified for an illegal drop shot. After it was reviewed and discussed, he only received a 2-stroke penalty.
In 2014 and 2015, he went through back surgery in the hopes of recapturing his dominant form. In 2015, he fell to rank #104, the first time he was out of the top 100 since 1996. He even dropped out of the top 500 in May 2016. Even worse, he was ranked 1,005 in July 2017.
Tiger Woods got more than just that back surgery. He also got laser eye surgery in 1999. It was a successful procedure, which then ensured that he would no longer need to wear eyeglasses. Nice.
The Golf Digest said that he made $769,440,709 in the span of time from 1996 until 2007. Man, it is crazy that he has that kind of money lying around. They also believed he would make a billion by 2010. Forbes said he was the first athlete with more than a billion dollars after his FedEx Cup title bonus in 2009.
An Expensive Athlete
His net worth had been $600 million in that year, so he was the second wealthiest person of color in the US. He was only bested by Oprah Winfrey. In 2015, he was the 9th highest paid athlete in the world.
There were experts who expressed concerns about his impact on professional golf. Knight Ridder sportswriter Bill Lyon asked, “Isn’t Tiger Woods actually bad for golf?” In the end, he said that the answer is no. Many feared he would make other golfers simply vie for second place.
In the PGA Tour rotation, numerous courses added yardage to the tees. This is because they wanted to lower the advantage of long hitters. This strategy has since gone on to be known as “Tiger-Proofing”!
Since he was a child, Tiger Woods has been following in the Buddhist faith. This is something he applies to his golf career as well. He admitted that he “believes in Buddhism… Not every aspect, but most of it.” When it comes to his extramarital affairs, he also said, “Buddhism teaches me to stop following every impulse and to learn restraint. Obviously, I lost track of what I was taught.
Why does he wear red every Sunday? He told GOLF it was a habit to wear the school color when he was at Stanford. “I just stuck with it out of superstition, and it worked,” he explained. “I’ve had a few wins wearing red, and it’s not going to change.”
Don’t you admire the irony in the way he named his yacht “Privacy”? While it is true that the 150-foot yacht could take him away from land, we think that it attracts even more attention than usual!
On 60 Minutes, he talked about how he overcame his childhood stutter. School helped, and he spoke to his dog a lot too. In 2006, he opened the Tiger Woods Learning Center. His stutter was not well-known until he wrote to a suicidal suicide. He said, “I know what it’s like to be different and to sometimes not fit in. I also stuttered as a child and I would talk to my dog and he would sit there and listen until he fell asleep. I also took a class for two years to help me, and I finally learned to stop.”
In November 2009, National Enquirer said he entered an affair with Rachel Uchitel, a night club manager in New York. She denied it, which led to the fire hydrant collision accident that we have already discussed earlier.
In December 2009, Us Weekly reported a mistress of his and released a voicemail message he left. That was when he admitted to his “transgressions” and said sorry to “all of those who have supported [him] over the years”. More women stepped up to talk about their relationships with him. He later released a statement in which he admitted to infidelity and announced he would be talking “an indefinite break from professional golf.”
Together with other sports icons like Roger Federer and Thierry Henry, Tiger Woods joined a certain team in February 2007. No, it was not exactly a professional sports league. It was a group of ambassadors for the “Gillette Championships” campaign.
After the reports of his infidelities came to light, various companies had to reevaluate their working relationship. He was dropped by AT&T, Accenture, TAG Heuer, Gatorade, and General Motors. Golf Digest and Gillette suspended him, but EA and Nike continued working with him.
In February 2010, he announced he entered a 45-day therapy program. This was his apology for his actions: “I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to. I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled. Thanks to money and fame, I didn’t have to go far to find them. I was wrong. I was foolish.”
In May 2017, he was arrested on a driving under the influence charge. He dozed off at a traffic lane with his engine running! He admitted he had been on prescription drugs that did not go well with alcohol.
His statement about the arrest read, “I’m currently receiving professional help to manage my medications and the ways that I deal with back pain and a sleep disorder. I want to thank everyone for the amazing outpouring of support and understanding especially the fans and players on tour.”
He announced a comeback after the 2018 Masters. He said, “The crowds have been incredible. It’s been awesome this entire comeback. I got a standing ovation on the range. Coming up to the first tee, the people come out of the clubhouse and the putting green. They’re really into it.”
A long time after the divorce, he talked about his ex-wife in this manner: “It’s not how I would change 2009 and how it all came about. It would be having a more open, honest relationship with my ex-wife. Having the relationship that I have now with her is fantastic. She’s one of my best friends. We’re able to pick up the phone, and we talk to each other all the time. We both know that the most important things in our lives are our kids. I wish I would have known that back then.”
Honesty Is The Best Policy
“When it comes down to it, right down to it, it’s just having a more open, honest relationship with my ex-wife when we were married,” he went on. “Our frustrations would have come out if we had talked about it and been open and honest with each other. Which we are now, and it’s absolutely fantastic.”
“For instance, I’ve told her this, I’ve taken the initiative with the kids, and told them up front, ‘Guys, the reason why we’re not in the same house, why we don’t live under the same roof, Mommy and Daddy, is because Daddy made some mistakes,'” he narrated. “I just want them to understand before they get to the Internet age and they log on to something or have their friends tell them something. I want it to come from me so that when they come of age, I’ll just tell them the real story. But meanwhile, it’s just, ‘Hey, Daddy made some mistakes. But it’s okay. We’re all human. We all make mistakes. But look what happened at the end of it. Look at how great you are. You have two loving parents that love you no matter what.'”
“It was too tough, too tough,” Tiger Woods said regarding the marriage and eventual divorce. “We try and help each other out on all occasions. And we work through it with the kids, the parenting program. She is one of my best friends now, and it’s all because of my kids. We’ve worked so hard, and I’ve shown her how much I love them. We’ve worked so hard at co-parenting, to make sure that their lives are fantastic.”
Although he has done some things wrong, let us not forget that he has done plenty of good things as well. After the Haiti earthquake in 2010, the golfing star donated $3 million for the victims.
Just look at his incredible track record to see how much of a legend he truly was. He has accumulated 137 tour titles and 14 majors. This is what makes him stand out from all the other golf players.
What A Player
In 2009, Tiger Woods got what he deserved. Associated Press hailed him the “Athlete of the Decade”. They ended up naming him “Male Athlete of the Year” a total of four times. Sports Illustrated also named him “Sportsman of the Year” multiple times.
The legendary golf player is not that different from me and you. For one thing, his taste buds are more or less the same. Even though he does not eat it all the time, he seems to like McDonald’s and Taco Bell!
This is not something a lot of people are aware of. When Tiger Woods was just starting out, his mother gave him a lovely gift. She gave him a club head cover with the phrase “Love from Mom” written in Thai and stitched onto the fabric.
His Favorite Movie
Do you have any idea what his favorite movie is? Tiger Woods is a big fan of the old comedy movie, Caddyshack. Well, it makes perfect sense since it is both hilarious and about golf.
His Favorite Music
Now, what is his taste in music like? Apparently, Tiger Woods likes the music made by U2, Boyz II Men, and Janet Jackson. If you want our opinion, that would definitely make for one interesting playlist!
Not Playing Golf
What do you think Tiger Woods likes to do in his free time? The perfect day for him would include skiing, surfing, spear-fishing, and golfing. Apparently, he would want to do them all in the same day.