Tiger Woods and His Affairs

The pro golfer, Tiger Woods, and his ex-wife, model Elin Nordegren, have been making headlines for the past decade, and not all of them had to due with their professional careers. The couple was involved in scandals that dug deep into their personal lives. Keep reading to find out the story behind Tiger and Elin’s tumultuous relationship.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ezra Shaw | Honorary Standford Cardinal captain Tiger Woods holds his daugher, Sam, and stands next to his wife, Elin Nordegren, on the sidelines before the Cardinal game against the California Bears at Stanford Stadium on November 21, 2009 in Palo Alto, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ezra Shaw | Honorary Standford Cardinal captain Tiger Woods holds his daugher, Sam, and stands next to his wife, Elin Nordegren, on the sidelines before the Cardinal game against the California Bears at Stanford Stadium on November 21, 2009 in Palo Alto, California.


WOODS AND NORDEGREN: HOW IT ALL STARTED

Nordegren, the Swedish model who would end up being Tiger’s wife, was born in Stockholm in 1980. Being the older twin, she was the middle child of the family. Once she moved to the US in the pursuit of the American Dream, Elin met Tiger and their relationship flourished.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Gustavo Caballero | Elin Nordegren attends the 142nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 07, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Gustavo Caballero | Elin Nordegren attends the 142nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 07, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky.

The couple’s wedding was extravagant: taking place in Barbados, the Caribbean island, the event took over a whole week. Woods and Elin completely booked the Sandy Land Resort Hotel, which cost him $2 million. The family and friends of the couple were hosted at the Resort for the duration of the wedding celebrations.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Doug Benc | Golfer Tiger Woods and wife Elin Woods watch the Orlando Magic take on the Detroit Pistons in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2007 NBA Playoffs at Amway Arena on April 26, 2007 in Orlando, Florida.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Doug Benc | Golfer Tiger Woods and wife Elin Woods watch the Orlando Magic take on the Detroit Pistons in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2007 NBA Playoffs at Amway Arena on April 26, 2007 in Orlando, Florida.


HOW THE DREAM CAME TO AN END

Even though the couple had a fairytale wedding, their relationship went through some ups and downs. Once they broke up, the media outlets made a run for their money and thousands of articles were published on the topic, speculating on what led this love affair to an end.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Scott Halleran | Tiger Woods of the USA Team walks with his wife Elin during the Day One Foursome Matches of The Presidents Cup at Harding Park Golf Course on October 8, 2009 in San Francisco, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Scott Halleran | Tiger Woods of the USA Team walks with his wife Elin during the Day One Foursome Matches of The Presidents Cup at Harding Park Golf Course on October 8, 2009 in San Francisco, California.

Elin tried to keep herself out of the public eye throughout the whole ordeal, especially considering how hurt she felt about the reasons why the couple split up. Recently she has gathered up the courage to finally speak her peace about the heartbreaking events that led the couple to divorce.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jamie Squire | Tiger Woods girlfriend model Elin Nordegren watches on the third hole during the morning foursome matches on the second day of the 34th Ryder Cup at the De Vere Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, England on September 28, 2002.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jamie Squire | Tiger Woods girlfriend model Elin Nordegren watches on the third hole during the morning foursome matches on the second day of the 34th Ryder Cup at the De Vere Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, England on September 28, 2002.


THE SCANDAL OF 2009: HOW IT ALL BEGAN

Even though the tabloids were fascinated when the couple got together, their interest grew even more when they got the news of Woods and Elin splitting up. Becoming a world sensation in 2009, Woods was criticized by the majority of people who had something to say about the affair.

Image Credits: Getty Images / A. Messerschmidt | Tiger Woods and his girlfriend, Elin Nordegren, leave the stage after opening ceremonies at the 2004 Ryder Cup in Detroit, Michigan, September 16, 2004.

Image Credits: Getty Images / A. Messerschmidt | Tiger Woods and his girlfriend, Elin Nordegren, leave the stage after opening ceremonies at the 2004 Ryder Cup in Detroit, Michigan, September 16, 2004.

The news outlets were desperate to have Elin’s side of the story about how it all happened, but she seemed to not be interested in speaking up. However, after Woods moved on with a new woman in his life, Elin felt it was time to finally reveal the truth to the public.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Stephen M. Dowell / Orlando Sentinel / Tribune News Service | Elin Nordegren twirls her hair during commencement ceremonies at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., Saturday, May 10, 2014. Nordegren, the former wife of golfer Tiger Woods, was named the "Outstanding Graduating Senior" for Rollins College.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Stephen M. Dowell / Orlando Sentinel / Tribune News Service | Elin Nordegren twirls her hair during commencement ceremonies at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., Saturday, May 10, 2014. Nordegren, the former wife of golfer Tiger Woods, was named the "Outstanding Graduating Senior" for Rollins College.


FINALLY SPEAKING UP: READ ELIN’S SIDE OF THE STORY

The married couple had their first love life trouble on Thanksgiving in 2009. Tiger Woods’ wife came across an article online that stated her husband had an inappropriate encounter with Rachel Uchitel during a trip to New York. When the model confronted her husband, he denied all allegations.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Doug Benc | Tiger Woods (L) stands with his father, Earl Woods, during the trophy presentation of the Target World Challenge on December 12, 2004 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California. Woods won the event at 16 under par.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Doug Benc | Tiger Woods (L) stands with his father, Earl Woods, during the trophy presentation of the Target World Challenge on December 12, 2004 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California. Woods won the event at 16 under par.

Even though Elin wanted to believe Woods, she remained doubtful of his reasoning and excuses, thus ending up going through his mobile phone. Hold and behold, Elin found extracts of conversations that confirmed the newspaper was telling the truth, and once again confronted Woods about the whole ordeal, this time with proof.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Christian Petersen | Tiger Woods of the United States looks on as he walks off the 18th hole during the final round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany, The Bahamas on December 4, 2016 in Nassau, Bahamas.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Christian Petersen | Tiger Woods of the United States looks on as he walks off the 18th hole during the final round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany, The Bahamas on December 4, 2016 in Nassau, Bahamas.


WOODS RUNS AWAY FROM ELIN’S RAGE

Finally confirming her fears about the news, Elin was enraged, not only because she was heartbroken, but also due to Woods lying to her face. Some reports suggest that she came after Woods holding a gold club, which led him to drive away in his car due to fearing his wife would do something bad.

Image Credits: Getty Images / David Cannon | Tiger Woods of USA poses with his wife Elin Nordegren at The Welcome Dinner after the first official practice day of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club on September 19, 2006 in Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland.

Image Credits: Getty Images / David Cannon | Tiger Woods of USA poses with his wife Elin Nordegren at The Welcome Dinner after the first official practice day of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club on September 19, 2006 in Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland.

The situation escalated even further, as Woods had taken some sleeping pills some hours before the fight. The pro golfer became groggy and sleepy, which made him have a car accident. He was found unconscious beside a fire hydrant, but luckily he sustained only minor injuries. Both Woods and Elin then went through difficult times.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Reaves | Tiger Woods of the United States reacts after chipping in from the bunker on the third hole during the final round of The PLAYERS Championship on The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on March 17, 2019 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Reaves | Tiger Woods of the United States reacts after chipping in from the bunker on the third hole during the final round of The PLAYERS Championship on The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on March 17, 2019 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.


ELIN COMES CLEAN ABOUT HOW SHE DELT WITH THE DIVORCE

After some time, Elin finally came clean about the events that led to her and Woods splitting up. She admitted that she never suspected him and that it was extremely difficult to handle the confirmation once she had proof. During an interview with People, Eli denied claims that she tried to hit him with a golf club.

Image Credits: Getty Images / L. Cohen / WireImage | Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren during Tiger Woods Learning Center's 2006 Block Party at The Grove in Anaheim, California, United States.

Image Credits: Getty Images / L. Cohen / WireImage | Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren during Tiger Woods Learning Center's 2006 Block Party at The Grove in Anaheim, California, United States.

The model confirmed that she wanted to save the marriage. "There was never any violence inside or outside our home. The speculation that I would have used a golf club to hit him is just truly ridiculous," she said, adding "I did everything I could to get him out of the locked car. To think anything else is absolutely wrong."

Image Credits: Getty Images / Andrew Redington | Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren arrive at the 35th Ryder Cup Matches Gala Dinner at the Fox Theater on September, 15 2004 in Detroit, Michigan.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Andrew Redington | Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren arrive at the 35th Ryder Cup Matches Gala Dinner at the Fox Theater on September, 15 2004 in Detroit, Michigan.


WOODS’ APOLOGY

After being married for six years, Woods also came forward to state that he was sad about the divorce, and that he wished all the best to Nordegren. In a news conference, the pro golfer stated that it was a sad time in their lives and that the marriage was doomed due to his mistakes.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ross Kinnaird | Vice-captain Tiger Woods of the United States poses during team photocalls prior to the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 27, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ross Kinnaird | Vice-captain Tiger Woods of the United States poses during team photocalls prior to the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 27, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota.


WOODS ADMITS HE MADE A LOT OF MISTAKES IN HIS LIFE

Woods told journalists that "My actions certainly led us to this decision. I've certainly made a lot of errors in my life and that's something I'm going to have to live with. You don't ever go into a marriage looking to get divorced. That's the thing - that's why it is sad. I wish her the best in everything."

Image Credits: Getty Images / Patrick Smith | Tiger Woods of the United States warms up on the practice range during the first round of the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course on May 16, 2019 in Farmingdale, New York.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Patrick Smith | Tiger Woods of the United States warms up on the practice range during the first round of the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course on May 16, 2019 in Farmingdale, New York.

After the mediatic scandal about their relationship, many women came forward admitting that they also had affairs with the golfer, who later on made a public apology and admitted to having been a bad husband to Nordegren. "I'm so embarrassed that I never suspected - not a one," she said in the interview.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Tim Bradbury | Tiger Woods of the United States celebrates making a par on the 18th green to win the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 23, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Tim Bradbury | Tiger Woods of the United States celebrates making a par on the 18th green to win the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 23, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.


WAS IT ALL A LIE?

"For the past three-and-a-half years, when all this was going on, I was home a lot more with pregnancies, then the children and my school. I've been through hell. It's hard to think you have this life, and then all of a sudden - was it a lie?", Elin confessed in an interview.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Donald Miralle | Tiger Woods' fiancee Elin Nordegren and his mother Kultida Woods looks on during the 3rd round of the WGC- Accenture Match Play Championship at the La Costa Resort and Spa on February 27, 2004 in Carlsbad, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Donald Miralle | Tiger Woods' fiancee Elin Nordegren and his mother Kultida Woods looks on during the 3rd round of the WGC- Accenture Match Play Championship at the La Costa Resort and Spa on February 27, 2004 in Carlsbad, California.


THE DIVORCE IS FINALIZED: THE FINANCIAL SETTLEMENT

Even though Elin didn’t disclose any type of details about the financial settlement in the divorce, some US media outlets have suggested that the Swedish model received more than $100 million. This information is yet to be confirmed by Elin herself.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chung Sung-Jun | Tiger Woods of the United States poses with the trophy after the award ceremony following the final round of the Zozo Championship at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club on October 28, 2019 in Inzai, Chiba, Japan.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chung Sung-Jun | Tiger Woods of the United States poses with the trophy after the award ceremony following the final round of the Zozo Championship at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club on October 28, 2019 in Inzai, Chiba, Japan.

Tiger Woods, who is the worlds’ richest sportsman of modern times, has lost the support of several major sponsors due to the scandal that came to light in 2009. AT&T and Gatorade are among the sponsors which decided to step away from any ties with the professional golfer.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Mike Ehrmann | Tiger Woods of the United States celebrates with the Masters Trophy during the Green Jacket Ceremony after winning the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Mike Ehrmann | Tiger Woods of the United States celebrates with the Masters Trophy during the Green Jacket Ceremony after winning the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia.


POST-DIVORCE: THE CHILDREN ARE THEIR PRIORITY

The couple, who have two children together, Sam and Charlie, have been focusing on their kids after the divorce. Woods commented to Time in 2015 that "Having the relationship that I have now with her is fantastic. [...]. We both know that the most important things in our lives are our kids. I wish I would have known that back then." 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ezra Shaw | Tiger Woods of the United States waits a green as his girlfriend Lindsey Vonn, son Charlie and daughter Sam look on during the Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ezra Shaw | Tiger Woods of the United States waits a green as his girlfriend Lindsey Vonn, son Charlie and daughter Sam look on during the Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia.

"They're friends now. Everything that happened in the past is in the past. They both decided to be adults and to do what was best for the kids. So they get along really well,” People published in 2018. "Tiger says really great things about Elin. [...] They're closer now than they were when they were married. The kids love them both."

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ezra Shaw | Honorary Standford Cardinal captain Tiger Woods holds his daugher, Sam, and speaks to his wife, Elin Nordegren, on the sidelines before the Cardinal game against the California Bears at Stanford Stadium on November 21, 2009 in Palo Alto, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ezra Shaw | Honorary Standford Cardinal captain Tiger Woods holds his daugher, Sam, and speaks to his wife, Elin Nordegren, on the sidelines before the Cardinal game against the California Bears at Stanford Stadium on November 21, 2009 in Palo Alto, California.


OVERCOMING DIVORCE: WHAT IS ELIN’S LIFE LIKE NOW?

According to some sources, Elin has finally settled in her new life, almost ten years after the scandal. “Elin truly has a friend in Tiger - but she's still hiding the pain of their split all these years on,” a well-placed source exclusively told Sun Online.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Leon Halip / WireImage | Elin Nordegren watches the opening ceremonies for the 35th Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills C.C. Thursday afternoon.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Leon Halip / WireImage | Elin Nordegren watches the opening ceremonies for the 35th Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills C.C. Thursday afternoon.

“If anything, being closer to Tiger again and spending days together with their children has made it harder to let go of the past. She sees a lot of the good side of him now and what an amazing dad he is, but that makes it tough emotionally when you have conflicting feelings about him,” the source continued.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Lester Cohen Archive / WireImage | Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Lester Cohen Archive / WireImage | Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren.


THERE IS ALSO GOOD IN THE BAD

“Tiger brings Elin and the kids to his home for fun days at least once a month and there's always a very friendly atmosphere between them. [...] They had a recent day together where they chatted for about five hours, had a glass of wine and were really relaxed around each other.”, Sun Online published.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Andrew Redington | Elin Woods smiles as USA and European team wives prepare to travel to The Curragh racecourse for the Wives Race Day prior to the start of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club on September 19, 2006 in Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Andrew Redington | Elin Woods smiles as USA and European team wives prepare to travel to The Curragh racecourse for the Wives Race Day prior to the start of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club on September 19, 2006 in Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland.

"It still hurts her heart [...] But she does get upset when she hears about Tiger dating other women or anything along those lines. It still hurts her heart even if she doesn't show it to him. [...] However, compared to when the scandal broke, she is in a much better place mentally.”, the source continued.

Image Credits: Getty Images /  Rob Carr | Captain's assistant Tiger Woods of the U.S. Team and Erica Herman lok on during Saturday four-ball matches of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 30, 2017 in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Rob Carr | Captain's assistant Tiger Woods of the U.S. Team and Erica Herman lok on during Saturday four-ball matches of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 30, 2017 in Jersey City, New Jersey.


LIFE GOES ON: ELIN WELCOMES THIRD CHILD

In October 2019, Elin gave birth to her third child with Jordan Cameron, NFL tight end who played for the Dolphins in 2016. The Daily Mail published that the couple initially named their son Filip but recently decided to legally change it to Arthur.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Mike Ehrmann | Jordan Cameron #84 of the Miami Dolphins looks on during a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Hard Rock Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Mike Ehrmann | Jordan Cameron #84 of the Miami Dolphins looks on during a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Hard Rock Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

According to a source close to Nordegren, the model was “very happy about the pregnancy” but is trying to maintain a “quiet life.” The source continued that “Elin maintains a low profile and has a normal, boring life, Florida allows her to live that quiet life. … She’s surprised that people care that she’s pregnant.”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Harry How | Elin Woods and husband Tiger Woods exit during Opening Ceremony of The Presidents Cup at Harding Park Golf Course on October 7, 2009 in San Francisco, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Harry How | Elin Woods and husband Tiger Woods exit during Opening Ceremony of The Presidents Cup at Harding Park Golf Course on October 7, 2009 in San Francisco, California.


TIGER WOODS GIVES LOVE ANOTHER CHANCE: MEET HIS NEW GIRLFRIEND

After the scandal that involved Woods and Elin, the pro golfer went on with his love life and started a relationship with his new girlfriend, Erica Herman. The couple has been dating since 2017, and Erica is a manager of one of Woods’ restaurants.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Scott Barbour | Tiger Woods and his girlfriend Erica Herman look on during a Presidents Cup media opportunity at the Yarra Promenade on December 5, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. The Presidents Cup 2019 will be held on December 9-15, 2019, when it returns to the prestigious Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Scott Barbour | Tiger Woods and his girlfriend Erica Herman look on during a Presidents Cup media opportunity at the Yarra Promenade on December 5, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. The Presidents Cup 2019 will be held on December 9-15, 2019, when it returns to the prestigious Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia.

In December that same year, the couple was seen together during the Presidents Cup, where Erica was seen sporting a “Player Spouse” badge. Not long after that public appearance, the couple made their relationship official. Even though Woods has a busy schedule, the couple seems to have been spending a lot of time together. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jamie Squire | Tiger Woods of the United States waits with his son Charlie and daughter Sam during the Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jamie Squire | Tiger Woods of the United States waits with his son Charlie and daughter Sam during the Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia.

Woods and Eli seem to be living their own lives, and even though they went through some rough times together, the ex-couple still manages to be friends. Taking care of the two children they have together, they seem to have come to peace and are trying to ensure that their kids have a good future. 

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