How Did Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods Meet, What Led To Their Divorce?

When it comes to high profile celebrity relationships, one often expects infidelity as part of the equation. After all, these are some of the most beautiful people and most sought after personalities in the world, but we never expect them to reach the level that ended the relationship between Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods.

In 2009, Elin, who was married to the professional golfer, saw her world turned upside down when she discovered that her husband had been cheating on her. It seemed like a fairly straightforward story of a man cheating on his wife until a report suggested that Woods’ infidelity during his marriage to Elin, involved as much as 120 women. Not only did the revelation end his marriage, but it also did some serious damage to his career with the golfer losing multiple brand endorsement deals and his place as the number one pro golfer in the world through injuries, drug, and alcohol addiction.

Over a decade after the revelation that stunned America, Tiger Woods has returned to the top of his game with a recent Masters win and we take a look at his relationship with Elin Nordegren again, including how it all started and why it had to end.

How Did Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods Meet?

Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods
Elin Nordegren

Prior to moving to America where she met Tiger Woods, Elin Nordegren, who was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, worked as a model.

After a modestly successful period as a model in her home country, Elin Nordegren relocated to the United States where she took a job as a nanny, working for the pro golfer, Jesper Parnevik after she was convinced by his wife, Mia Parnevik to make the jump in 2001.

Her position as the nanny in the pro-golfer family eventually led her to meet Tiger Woods. Jasper and Tiger were members of the same club, the Medalist in Florida and he introduced Elin to the man considered to be the greatest golfer in the world in 2002.

After the introduction, Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren began a relationship after the former won her heart. At the time, Elin had turned down several dating offers from various professional golfers.

Tiger Woods, at the time, was one of the most famous personalities on the planet, even to those who did not share an interest in golf. As a result, his relationship with Elin Nordegren was kept a secret for so long before it became national news, making her a public personality.

Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods

After a relatively quiet period of dating with no reported scandal, Tiger and Elin got engaged in 2003 after the former proposed in South Africa at the Shamwari Game Reserve. The couple was in the country for the Presidents Cup tournament.

About a year after the engagement, Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods got married in 2004 at the 19th hole of the Sandy Lane Resort in Barbados. The lavish wedding ceremony was held under heavy security with friends and family of the couple in attendance. Following the beginning of their marital life, the couple began to attain other milestones such as the birth of their first child, a daughter, Sam Alexis Woods, who was born in 2007, three years after they got married. Their second child, a son, Charlie Axel, was born in 2009.

With the arrival of their second child, everything seemed to be going well for the family until things took an unexpected turn.

What Led to Their Divorce?

Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods
Elin Nordegren with Tiger Woods and their two children

In 2009, when the world welcomed and celebrated the birth of a second child for Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods, there was a looming scandal on the horizon for the couple and it all started in November when the National Enquirer published that Woods had been having an affair with a New York City nightclub manager, Rachel Uchitel.

The report was firmly denied by Uchitel and Woods and it seemed to be the end of the story, until two days after. Woods was reported to have been involved in a car accident which was believed to have been a result of a fight with Nordegren. Their argument at the time was presumably over the allegations of infidelity. The fight, reportedly happened on Thanksgiving after Woods came out and told Nordegren of the oncoming publications of his numerous affairs during their marriage. While Woods denied the allegations, a suspicious Nordegren went through his phone and read his text messages, discovering pieces of evidence of his serial unfaithfulness.

The discovery led to a confrontation which turned into a car chase with a golf cart in the middle of the night. Woods, while trying to flee, crushed some hedges, hit a fire hydrant and eventually smashed into a tree. He was out on the street, unconscious.

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A couple of weeks after the incident, multiple women began to come forward with various claims of a sexual relationship with Tiger Woods, with the number rising to as much as 120. After his recovery from the accident, the golfer eventually admitted to being a serial cheater in a public statement. He took an indefinite break from his golfing career with the hope of working on his marriage but despite his efforts, the couple was unable to reconcile.

In late 2009, they were officially separated and after a long process, they completed their divorce in Bay County Circuit Court in Panama City, Florida, on the 23rd of August, 2010. As part of the divorce proceedings, Elin Nordegren walked away with $100 million settlement. Also, since the divorce, the former couple has found a way to have a civil relationship for the sake of their children and rather than awarding custody to one parent, they have remained co-parents to their children.

Some of the women who came out with claims of a sexual relationship with Tiger Woods or were reportedly linked to him include Kalia Moquin, a Las Vegas marketing manager, Jamie Jungers, a model and a stripper, Jamie Grubbs, a cocktail waitress, Theresa Rogers, and several others.

Where Are Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods Now?

Tiger Woods with his new girlfriend, Erica Herman

After years of battling injuries, stints in rehab, and failing on the golf course, Tiger Woods has returned to competing at the highest level as a professional golfer, culminating his Masters’ victory in 2019, ten years after the news that broke his career. His journey from disgraced golfer back to celebrated champion did not only involve the divorce from his wife, but he also lost several endorsement deals worth several millions of dollars, including major endorsements from brands like Nike and Gillette.

Nevertheless, Tiger Woods has returned to the dating scene with a number of women, including personalities like Kristin Smith, a personal stylist, Lindsey Vonn, who is an Olympic skier and fitness model, Laci Kay Somers.

More recently, however, the golfer has been linked and believed to be in a relationship with Erica Harman, the manager of Woods’ pop-up restaurant. How long the two of them have been together is still unknown but the relationship does appear serious as she was by his side during his return to victory in the 2019 Masters.

As for Elin Nordegren, she took some time before she returned to the dating scene. First, she went back to school and earned a degree in Psychology from Rollins College in Florida, fulfilling a dream she had before she met Tiger Woods.

When it comes to personal relationships, however, Elin doesn’t appear to have a busy life as much as her ex-husband. She has been linked to the billionaire, Chris Cline. The two were first believed to be an item in 2013 when they were pictured together. They were said to have been introduced by a mutual friend and have built a relationship on the things they have in common, which include being single parents, fans of philanthropy and enjoying leisure outdoor activities.

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Since they were first pictured together, Elin and Chris have reportedly had an off-and-on relationship that first ended in 2014. They reunited again in 2016 when they were seen kissing on a ski trip.

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Elin Nordegren and her boyfriend and baby father, Jordan Cameron

However, the relationship did not appear to last as Elin has recently been linked to former NFL player, Jordan Cameron. The two reportedly began dating in 2017 and have been together ever since. They reportedly met at the Art Basel in Miami a couple of years ago and have since welcomed a new child together.

The baby becomes the third child of Elin, having given birth to two children with Woods while it is Jordan Cameron’s second, after his first son, Tristan. The couple now lives together in Elin’s home in North Palm Beach. She was previously living in Seminole Landing, a home she bought for $12 million after her divorce from her golfer ex. Following renovations and a decision to take on a different project, she put the home on the market for $50 million, moving to a smaller and cozier place with her new beau.

Adeola Seun
Adeola Seun
Seun is a CCNA certified graduate of FUTA. He has been writing on various subjects that include finance, economics, celebrity net worth, lifestyle, biographies and politics for over 7 years, Other than writing, he enjoys movies, video games, and sports


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