"Bay County Courthouse officials say the couple showed up for a hearing room at the Bay County juvenile justice court house on East 11th street with their lawyers, to file their divorce papers. Now usually this takes 20 days to become final, but immediately after filing, the Woods then went to the main courthouse on 4th street, where Circuit Judge Judy Pittman Biebel expedited the case."
"This afternoon Elin and Tiger Woods came into the courthouse and filed their petition of dissolution of marriage to get there started for divorce and they went up to the judges office and the final judgment was signed, so they are officially divorced," said Bill Kinsaul, Bay Clerk of Courts."
Source: Amber Southard. "Tiger and Elin Divorce in Panama City." WJHG.com. 8/23/2010.
Where They Met:
Wedding Date and Info:October 5, 2004. The ceremony itself was simple although the rest of the wedding preparations were elaborate and expensive. 500 red roses were imported for the wedding.
Their sunset wedding was held under a white-netted pagoda decorated with red roses on the 19th hole of the Sandy Lane Golf Resort in Barbados. Reportedly, Rev. Ricky Kirton was the officiant at their wedding. The exclusive resort is located on the west coast of the Caribbean locale. The wedding reportedly cost between $1.5 million -- $2 million.
Tiger hired the whole complex for a week including 110 rooms and and three golf courses. The rooms reportedly cost from $700 to $9,000 per night each.
A team of hairdressers were flown in from London. Elin wore an off-white sleeveless gown. Tiger wore a beige suit.
Approximately 150 guests were at the wedding, including Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and Bill Gates.
The wedding reception was held in the resort banquet room which was decorated with 10,000 red and black roses. Champagne and caviar were served to the wedding guests. Hootie & the Blowfish played the music, and fireworks lit up the night after the wedding ceremony.
Honeymoon:Their first night as a married couple was spent on a rented multi-million dollar, 155 foot yacht named Privacy.
Hometowns:Tiger -- Cypress, California; Elin -- Stockholm, Sweden.
Elin: Model, Au Pair (Nanny)
- Jupiter Island, Florida: "The estate has a four-hole golf course with sand traps, 100 ft.-long swimming pool, diving pool, spa, 100 ft. field and track area, tennis and basketball courts, a pair of boat docks, and a reflecting pond. Inside the facility is a 5,700 sq.-ft. fitness center ... Inside the house, there is a large master suite with his and her bathrooms, three additional bedroom suites, a massive media room, elevator and state-of-the-art kitchen. The basement has a large wine cellar and multiple game rooms. A guest house, garage, golf training studio and boat house round out the [12-acre] property, which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Intracoastal Waterway."
Source: Linda Marx. "See Tiger Woods's Extravagant New Estate." People.com. 2/4/2011.
- Windermere, Florida: Southwest of Orlando, Florida, a $2.648 million, 8-bedroom, 9-bath 6,692 sq. ft. three-level home in the gated community of Isleworth with a boat dock, fireplace, swimming pool and spa. This is where Tiger and Elin lived prior to their divorce.
- Yacht named "Privacy": 6,500 sq.-ft., $20 million yacht docked at the Old Port Cove Marina in North Palm Beach, Florida. The 155 foot yacht has 5 guestrooms, a gym, a jacuzzi, a lounge bar, an elevator, and other luxuries.
Children:Tiger and Elin have two children.
- Sam Alexis Woods: Born 2007.
- Charlie Axel Woods: Born 2009.
Tiger about the birth of their baby: "If she's [Elin] going to have it during the week of the Open, I just don't go. That's the most important thing, not a golf tournament."
Source: Barker Davis. "Halfway Home.". WashingtonTimes.com. 3/27/2007.
Pets:A border collie named Taz. Tiger received the puppy as a gift from Elin on his 30th birthday.
Quotes about the Marriage of Tiger and Elin:Elin: "I have been through the stages of disbelief and shock, to anger and ultimately grief over the loss of the family I so badly wanted for my children ... I also feel stronger than I ever have. I have confidence in my beliefs, my decisions and myself."
Source: Sandra Sobieraj Westfall. "Elin Nordegren Speaks: 'I Feel Stronger Than I Ever Have.'" People.com. 8/25/2010.
Elin: "I've been through hell. It's hard to think you have this life, and then all of a sudden – was it a lie? You're struggling because it wasn't real. But I survived. It was hard, but it didn't kill me ... I'm so embarrassed that I never suspected –- not a one. For the past 3 1/2 years, when all this was going on, I was home a lot more with pregnancies, then the children and my school ... Forgiveness takes time. It is the last step of the grieving process."
Source: "Elin Nordegren Breaks Silence: Speaks to People Magazine." HuffingtonPost.com. 8/25/2010.
Sandra Sobieraj Westfall: "She [Elin] really wanted people to know three things right off the bat: She’s not violent; she’s never hit him; she had no idea any of this was going on —- as embarrassing as it is for her to admit that, she never suspected ... And lastly, that this was a real marriage for her; that she believed that they were in love and that they were going to be a family forever.”
Source: Michael Inbar. "Tiger Woods' ex: I've been through hell." MSNBC.msn.com. 8/25/2010.
Elin: “I felt stupid as more was revealed —- how could I have not known anything? The word ‘betrayal’ isn’t strong enough. I felt like my whole life had fallen apart.”
Source: Michael Inbar. "Tiger Woods' ex: I've been through hell." MSNBC.msn.com. 8/25/2010.
Buzz Bissinger: "... it is safe to say that behind the non-accessible accessibility and seemingly perfect marriage to a beautiful woman was a sex addict who could not get enough. There is nothing wrong with that, given that the opportunities for Tiger were endless. But it is hard not to conclude that the only reason he got married was to burnish that precious image even more, family man on the outside and what Logan calls “this whole alternate life” on the inside. Even Hugh Hefner publicly disapproved of Woods’s behavior, decrying not that he had sex with other women but that he tried to lie and cheat his way through his liaisons without manning up to the fact that the marriage wasn’t working."
Source: Buzz Bissinger. "Tiger in the Rough." VanityFair.com. 2/2010.
Earl Woods: “I’ve told Tiger that marriage is unnecessary in a mobile society like ours.”
Source: Karen Crouse. "Moony Eyes, Lilting Voice, Then a Stunner From Woods." NYTimes.com. 12/26/2009.
Tiger Woods: "I have a balance in my life. Ever since Elin came into my life, things just became a lot better. Someone you can bounce things off, somebody who is a great friend. We do just about everything together. It's nice having that type of person around you. She's so much like me. She's very competitive, very feisty, just like I am."
Source: Reuters UK
Tiger Woods about Elin: "My wife, we're in it together. We're a team, and we do things as a team. And I care about her with all my heart."
Source: People.com. 9/21/2006.
Tiger, on learning to ski: "Being married to a Swede, you have to ski, no choice."
Source: Denver Post. 4/06.
Tiger on marriage: "Honestly, I think I can be better. My marriage is only going to help me. I found a person I can talk to and a person who is going to be by my side through thick and thin. Elin has instilled a lot of confidence in me in all aspects of my life."
Source: Tiger Woods Site. 4/19/05.
Marriage Scandal News:
3/22/2010: Taking responsibility again, in two interviews on March 21, 2010, Tiger Woods talked about the sex scandal surrounding him. According to CBSNews.com, Tiger admitted "living a lie" and said "It was all me. I'm the one who did it. I'm the one who acted the way I acted ... I've done some pretty bad things in my life ... It was disgusting behavior."p>2/19/2010: Tiger Woods latest apology includes this comment: "Some people have speculated that Elin somehow hurt or attacked me on Thanksgiving night. It angers me that people would fabricate a story like that."
" Elin never hit me that night or any other night. There has never been an episode of domestic violence in our marriage, ever. Elin has shown enormous grace and poise throughout this ordeal. Elin deserves praise, not blame. The issue involved here was my repeated irresponsible behavior. I was unfaithful. I had affairs. I cheated. What I did is not acceptable, and I am the only person to blame."
12/27/2009: Although there were reports that Tiger's yacht left the Palm Beach area with Tiger aboard, as of 12/27/09, the yacht was still in Palm Beach.
12/11/2009: Tiger Woods said he is going to focus his "attention on being a better husband, father, and person" and used the word "infidelity" for the first time in a statement announcing that he is taking a hiatus from golf.
"I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people, most of all my wife and children. I want to say again to everyone that I am profoundly sorry and that I ask forgiveness. It may not be possible to repair the damage I've done, but I want to do my best to try." Full Statement
12/02/2009: Tiger Woods posted an apology on his web site: "I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart. I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect. I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone ... The stories in particular that physical violence played any role in the car accident were utterly false and malicious."
11/29/09: Tiger Woods statement about his single-car accident. "The only person responsible for the accident is me. My wife, Elin, acted courageously when she saw I was hurt and in trouble. She was the first person to help me. Any other assertion is absolutely false."
Born:Eldrick "Tiger" Woods: December 30, 1975, in Cypress, California.
Elin Maria Pernilla Nordegren: January 1, 1980 in Stockholm, Sweden.