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Elin Maria Pernilla Nordegren (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈeːlɪn ²nuːɖɛˌɡreːn]; formerly Woods; born January 1, 1980) is a Swedish former model, nanny, and the ex-wife of professional golfer Tiger Woods.[1]

Elin Nordegren
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Nordegren in March 2003
Elin Maria Pernilla Nordegren

(1980-01-01) 1 January 1980 (age 39)
ResidenceWindermere, Florida, U.S.
Alma materRollins College
Tiger Woods
(m. 2004; div. 2010)
Parent(s)Thomas Nordegren
Barbro Holmberg


Early lifeEdit

Nordegren was born in Stockholm, Sweden. Her mother, Barbro Holmberg, is a politician and the former Swedish migration and asylum policy minister, and the former Governor of Gävleborg County. Her father, Thomas Nordegren, is a radio journalist who served as a bureau chief in Washington, D.C.[1] She has an older brother, Axel, and a twin sister, Josefin.[2][3] Nordegren and her sister had odd summer jobs as cashiers in supermarkets to finance their studies.[4] She started modeling in 2000, and appeared on the cover of Cafe Sport magazine in the summer of 2000.

Marriage to Tiger WoodsEdit

Nordegren took a job in Champagne, a Stockholm clothing store where she met Mia Parnevik, wife of Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik, who hired Nordegren as the nanny to their children. The job required her to move full-time to the U.S.[5] He introduced her to Woods during the 2001 Open Championship. The couple married in 2004, but the union was ill-fated. After Woods' subsequent infidelity was revealed, Parnevik was quoted as having said, "I'm kind of filled with sorrow for Elin since me and my wife are at fault for hooking her up with him, and we probably thought he was a better guy than he is." For the previous year, Woods had asked to be introduced to Nordegren, who was seeing someone else at the time. "She had no interest in Tiger and he was OK with that," Mia Parnevik said. "There was a big line of single golfers wanting to meet her. They were gaga over her."[6] At the time, she had hopes of becoming a child psychologist. In November 2003, Woods and Nordegren attended the Presidents Cup tournament in South Africa and became officially engaged when Woods proposed at the luxury Shamwari Game Reserve.

They were married in October 2004, by the 19th hole of the Sandy Lane resort in Barbados. Woods rented the entire complex for a week, including three golf courses and 110 rooms, costing almost $2 million.[7]

Shortly after Nordegren's relationship[clarification needed] with Woods became public, nude photographs purporting to be of Nordegren began circulating on the Internet, which were established to be fakes.[8][9] Despite the debunking, in 2006, Irish magazine The Dubliner published the nude photographs and stated they were of Nordegren.[10] On November 16, 2006, Nordegren filed a libel suit against The Dubliner.[11] Nordegren won 125,000 euros, and The Dubliner was required to publish a lengthy apology in a variety of venues.[12]

In 2007, Woods announced the birth of the couple's daughter, Sam Alexis Woods, a day after finishing second in the U.S. Open.[13] On September 2, 2008, Woods announced they were expecting another child in late winter.[14] Nordegren gave birth to a boy, Charlie Axel, in 2009.[15]

In December 2009, her marriage to Woods was the subject of extensive media coverage after Woods admitted to infidelity, which had been revealed following his single-vehicle accident near the family's Florida home.[16] Woods subsequently announced he would take an "indefinite break" from golf to work on his marriage.[16] These efforts were unsuccessful, however, as Nordegren and Woods finalized their divorce in the Bay County Circuit Court in Panama City, Florida, on August 23, 2010.[17] Nordegren's legal team included her sister, Josefin (who is licensed to practice law in England and Sweden) and several of Josefin's U.S. colleagues at international law firm McGuireWoods.[18]

Using the $100 million she received from her divorce from Woods, she purchased a $12 million Florida mansion built in the 1920s. She had the entire structure demolished after an architect advised that it made better sense to start over than to try bringing the home up to current hurricane safety codes. Before demolishing the home in December 2011, she allowed Habitat for Humanity to come into the home for four weeks and salvage anything they found of value.[19] The contents of the estate were auctioned at a Habitat for Humanity warehouse, including a 12-foot (3.7 m) fountain with water spouting out of three lions' mouths, five refrigerators, temperature-controlled wine coolers and other furniture.[20]


In May 2014 Nordegren graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, with a degree in psychology, receiving the Outstanding Senior award.[21][22][23]


  1. ^ a b "Five things you didn't know about Elin Nordegren". CNN. December 4, 2009. Retrieved December 28, 2009.
  2. ^ Tiger Woods Update: Elin Nordegren's Swedish hideway offers privacy, but no running water. Retrieved December 28, 2009.
  3. ^ Article about Nordegren from the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. Retrieved December 28, 2009.
  4. ^ "Entertainment News". Retrieved September 28, 2012.
  5. ^ Bernstein, Jacob. The Mysterious Mrs. Woods, The Daily Beast, November 30, 2009. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
  6. ^ Jesper Parnevik says sorry to Elin Nordegren: Should never have introduced you to Tiger Woods. Retrieved December 28, 2009.
  7. ^ Patteson, Jean. "Where's Elusive Elin Woods?", Orlando Sentinel, December 11, 2009. Retrieved December 28, 2009.
  8. ^ "That's not her naked!" Archived October 16, 2006, at the Wayback Machine, Playboy. Retrieved September 22, 2006.
  9. ^ "Claim: Photographs show golfer Tiger Woods' wife posing nude", Retrieved September 22, 2006.
  10. ^ "Tiger Woods Blasts Mag Over Porn Jab at Wife". Fox News. September 21, 2006. Retrieved December 28, 2009.
  11. ^ "Woods's Wife Files Libel Suit". The New York Times. November 25, 2006. Retrieved December 28, 2009.
  12. ^ Holt, By Richard. "Mrs Tiger Woods wins fake pornography case". Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  13. ^ "Tiger Woods and Wife Elin Nordegren Have a Baby Girl – Birth, Tiger Woods:". People. June 18, 2007. Retrieved December 28, 2009.
  14. ^ "Woods announces his wife, Elin, pregnant with second child". ESPN. Associated Press. September 2, 2008. Retrieved September 2, 2008.
  15. ^ "Tiger becomes dad for second time". ESPN. Associated Press. February 9, 2009. Retrieved February 9, 2009.
  16. ^ a b Dorman, Larry (December 11, 2009). "Woods Says He'll Take 'Indefinite Break' From Golf". The New York Times. Retrieved December 14, 2009.
  17. ^ "Tiger Woods and wife Elin Nordegren are divorced". BBC. August 23, 2010. Retrieved August 23, 2010.
  18. ^ Brian Baxter, "Family Ties Help McGuireWoods Land Tiger Woods Divorce Role", The American Lawyer, August 23, 2010.
  19. ^ "Elin Nordegren Demolishes $12-Million Home". January 8, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  20. ^ "Tiger's Ex Donates Valuables From Home". Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  21. ^ Back in the zone from The Guardian October 29, 2006
  22. ^ Can Tiger Save His Marriage? from People January 25, 2010
  23. ^ "Tiger's ex Elin Nordegren earns honors as Rollins grad". Retrieved July 4, 2017.

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