Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren have announced their divorce today, ending months of speculation about their future together. In many eyes it was inevitable that the two would split, with the only question being “How much will she get?”
In a statement on his website, Tiger wrote: “Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods confirmed today that they have divorced. Judgment was entered today in Bay County (Florida) Circuit Court dissolving the marriage. The Judgment provides for shared parenting of their two children.”
There was also a joint statement issued calling attention to the couple’s two young children: “We are sad that our marriage is over and we wish each other the very best for the future. While we are no longer married, we are the parents of two wonderful children and their happiness has been, and will always be, of paramount importance to both of us. Once we came to the decision that our marriage was at an end, the primary focus of our amicable discussions has been to ensure their future well-being. The weeks and months ahead will not be easy for them as we adjust to a new family situation, which is why our privacy must be a principal concern.”
Of course, the financial terms of the divorce have not been made public, and given Tiger’s efforts to keep his private life guarded from the media, we may never know what those terms were. Even if divorce proceedings are a matter of public record in the state of Florida, any private settlement is kept confidential. While nobody can be sure, it’s pretty certain that the two signed some sort of prenuptial agreement. Woods has earned nearly $100 million in prize money alone on the golf course, but his earnings on the course pale in comparison to his earning off the course. It is reported that Woods made around $70 million in 2010 alone in off-course endorsements and other business dealings.
Elin Nordegren is 30 years old and made a name for herself as a model before meeting and eventually marrying Tiger Woods. Her father is a prominent journalist in Sweden and her mother is a high-ranking government official, and it is rumored that she recently bought a mansion on a private island in her native country of Sweden, along with her twin sister Josefine.
Perhaps now Tiger will be able to narrow his focus and get back to playing his best, but only time will tell…
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