In the aftermath of Tiger Woods’ 15th major victory at the Masters this past week, the most famous golfer in the world has resumed his spot — for however long — as the most famous athlete in the world.
As a result, a rehashing of Woods’ life from his first public appearance the Mike Douglas Show at age three to his meteoric rise through the amateur golf ranks to his historic Masters victory in 1997. No Woods story is complete, however, without the darker times that derailed his life and career in the late 2000s.
Woods met his future wife, Elin Nordegren, in 2001 at the Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club. The two were introduced by Jesper Parnevik, a Swedish professional golfer whose wife hired Nordegren out of a clothing store to be the family’s full-time nanny.
Originally uninterested, Woods was able to woo and date Nordegren after initial requests were denied. Two years after they met, the two were engaged to be married. Five years and two children later, their marriage dissolved in the aftermath of Woods’ cheating scandal.
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In the aftermath of the scandal, Nordegren was reported to have received $100 million in the divorce. After four years of silence, Nordegren opened up to People Magazine about the scandal, telling them that she’s gone through “intensive therapy,” and that she and Woods have come out the other side.
“In the beginning, you tamp down the animosity for the kids’ sake,” she said. “I’m not going to deny that I went through the wringer. But I don’t think I doubted we’d end up here.”
“That was always my dream: that the kids can have two loving parents that show respect for each other. And I feel that’s what they have.”
Nordegren continued her education following her split from Woods, graduating from Rollins College in 2014 and received the Outstanding Graduating Senior award from the college in Winter Park, Fla thanks to her 3.96 GPA.
Nordegren had been linked to billionaire and coal tycoon Chris Cline dating back to 2013, but after an on-again, off-again relationship, reports are that she and Cline split for good in 2016.