Category: Elin Nordegren

June 10, 2013

US Weekly: Elin not happy about Tiger-Lindsey Vonn romance

Posted at 4:36 PM by Mike Walker

This week, on As The Golf World Turns...

Elin_300Tiger Woods' ex-wife Elin Nordegren is not a fan of her husband's new relationship with Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, according to Us Weekly.

If Elin Nordegren had her way, Tiger Woods wouldn't get another swing at love. The golfer's ex-wife, who divorced him 2010 after his epic cheating scandal, "hates Lindsey Vonn and everything about this romance," a source tells Us Weekly. Woods, 37, and the blonde Olympic skier, 28, have been dating since last fall and went public back in March -- with high-profile dates at NYC's Met Gala in May and multiple excursions with Sam, 5, and Charlie, 4, Woods' kids with Nordegren.

Woods and Vonn announced their relationship in a Facebook post in March, and since then Vonn has been a regular at Woods' golf tournaments as she continues to rehab her knee following a harrowing ski crash in February. The two also attended Met Gala, one of the New York City's most exclusive social events, in May.

Woods and Nordegren divorced in 2010.

Photo: Elin Nordegren at the 2009 Presidents Cup in San Francisco (AP).

May 02, 2013

Elin Nordegren makes rare public appearance at DC event

Posted at 1:48 AM by Mike Walker

Elin_300She must be a Conan O'Brien fan.

Elin Nordegren, Tiger Woods's ex-wife, made a rare public appearance at the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday night. O'Brien hosted the event, which included a speech from President Obama. Society blog Guest Of A Guest has the details:

Elin came as a guest of People magazine, which is also the one and only outlet she interviewed with after her divorce. She made it very clear to the public that it would be her first and last interview. Only peek-a-boo paparazzi shots are published of Elin nowadays.

So, what was Elin doing at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, the ultimate media event? We may never know. The mother of two was almost able to fly below the radar during her entire time here, except for this photo Popsugar instagrammed on Friday at the People/TIME Party, and, well, this photo I snapped of her with my boyfriend before the dinner (which she attended, a source at People told Guest of a Guest). Perhaps People will have more photos and a new story to show in the next upcoming days, but as of now, there is very little online documenting her time in DC.

Woods and Nordegren divorced in 2010, following Woods's sex scandals. Woods is now dating skier Lindsey Vonn, although he reportedly attended Michael Jordan's wedding alone.

Photo: Elin Nordegren at the 2009 Presidents Cup (Getty Images)

March 20, 2013

Tiger Woods docks 'Privacy' next to Elin Nordegren's new boyfriend's boat

Posted at 3:12 PM by Mark Dee

PrivacyAs the super-rich say, "It's not the size of the boat, it's where you park it."

Unless you park it right next to your ex's new boyfriend's boat. Then, we can't help you.

According to TMZ, that's what happened to Tiger Woods on Monday -- the same day he and Lindsey Vonn went Facebook-official with their much rumored romance -- when Woods docked his yacht (pictured) right next to the craft of Chris Cline, the 54-year-old billionare coal magnate who, as the New York Post reported, happens to be dating Elin Nordegren, Tiger's ex-wife.

So, Tiger threw himself on the mercy of the measuring tape -- and came up short. By nine feet. The winner: Cline's "Mine Games" over Wood's "Privacy," 164 ft. to 155 ft.

Taken together, the two five-bedroom boats are bigger than a football field, so they're not even that close. But still, point Cline. Not just for length, but also for that name. "Mine Games" purportedly refers to the source of his wealth, but come on. Tiger's plea "Privacy" always seemed a little ... inapt. Also, according to The Daily Mail, his boat has a submarine, which has long been a trump card here on the blog. If you own a submarine, and you are a person, and not a country, then you have our attention. For a full tale-of-the-tape, follow the link to the Daily Mail's Rundown.

Woods will try to avenge this "defeat" Thursday, when he tees off at Bay Hill in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, a tournament he's won seven times. Shrug it off, kid: That's seven more than Chris Cline.

RELATED: See Photos of Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn

(Photo: Rick Silva / AP)

February 24, 2013

Tiger Woods and ex-wife Elin spotted together in Florida

Posted at 11:10 AM by

Elin_hed_webTiger Woods and his ex-wife Elin Nordegren attended a youth sports event in Jupiter, Fla., together on Saturday, the first time they've been photographed together in public in years, according to, which has the photos.

Woods and Nordegren both showed up at an event in Jupiter, FL for a local youth sports organization.

According to our spies, Tiger arrived to the event first with his son and daughter and Elin arrived about an hour later. We're told that when their paths finally did cross, they chatted together for about 30 minutes and appeared to enjoy each other's company.

Our sources say that once the pair started to get attention, they took off ... both leaving in Elin's car.

Woods and Nordegren have two children together, daughter Sam, born in 2007, and son Charlie, born in 2009. They divorced in 2010 after Woods's sex scandals. Nordegren has custody of the children, and Woods sees the children regularly. They both live in the Palm Beach, Fla., area; Woods has an oceanfront mansion in Jupiter, while Nordegren's own mansion on the water in North Palm Beach is almost complete.

Woods had the weekend off after losing in the first round of the Accenture Match Play Championship in Tucson, Ariz., on Thursday.

Photo: Elin Nordegren at the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla. (Getty Images).

December 10, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Photos published of Elin Nordegren's waterfront Florida mansion

Posted at 12:21 PM by Samantha Glover

Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren at the welcoming dinner for the 2006 Ryder Cup. (David Cannon/Getty Images)

Elin Nordegren's 21,000-square-foot home is still under construction, but the Swedish flag is already flying from her roof, according to a Daily Mail staff report. Aerial photos of the mansion were published Sunday on

The house will include an Olympic-sized pool, spa, gym, wine room, and 1,200-square-foot master suite, according to the article. Nordegren, a former model who divorced Tiger Woods in 2010, is studying psychology at nearby Rollins College, according to the report.

Nordegren purchased and then demolished a $12.2 million dollar estate in North Palm Beach to make room for the new house, which is just 30 miles from Woods' Jupiter estate.

She had bought a 1932 built house for $12.2 million - but promptly knocked the property down.

The former nanny was criticized for destroying the property but she insisted it would have taken too much work to restore the home which was not hurricane proof and infested with bugs.

March 17, 2012

Hank Haney book: Tiger tore ACL in Navy SEALs workouts

Posted at 11:58 AM by Mike Walker

Hank Haney's upcoming book about Tiger Woods has been as closely guarded as the bird-flu virus, but The New York Times managed to get a copy of The Big Miss, which will be released on March 27. Here are some of the juicier parts, via the Times' article and blog post.

Tiger tore his ACL in workouts with Navy SEALs

The book has already received attention for the chapter titled “Distraction,” which details Woods’s 2007 season, in which, in the wake of his father’s death the previous year, Woods grew obsessed with military training. He frequently attended three-day sessions with Navy SEALs, which involved parachuting, hand-to-hand combat and firearms training. After excerpts of the book were released by Golf Digest, Woods had a terse news conference at the Honda Classic last month.

But the Golf Digest excerpt did not include one of the more damaging assertions by Haney about the effect of this training. Haney says he was told Woods tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in an exercise with the SEALs, not while running at home.

Tiger and Elin

After Woods won the 2005 Buick Invitational, his first stroke-play victory in nearly 16 months and his first with Haney as his coach, Nordegren wanted to celebrate. She pointed out that when she was a nanny for Jesper Parnevik, his family would hold a party whenever Parnevik won. Woods responded: “E, that’s not what we do. I’m not Jesper. We’re supposed to win.”

Haney writes that Nordegen was taken aback and her smile got smaller. He noticed that “in the future Elin would keep her emotions under wraps whenever Tiger won.” He describes several awkward encounters with the couple after the revelations of Woods’s affairs, but includes brief moments in which Woods was open about the state of his marriage and his therapy.

Tiger and Phil

...Haney writes about the relationship at length, saying that Woods would smile in agreement when any of his friends called Mickelson a phony. He added, “I have no doubt Tiger felt racial vibes in what he read and heard on and off the course, especially when he was matched up against Phil.”

While careful to note that he did not think Woods actually disliked Mickelson, Haney says, “Phil is a really verbal, high-energy guy who, for Tiger’s taste, is too opinionated, is too much of a know-it-all, and just revs too fast.”

Haney says Woods tended to like quiet, modest players like Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, or droll veterans like Fred Couples and Jay Haas. But Woods was averse to loud and cocky players. He doesn’t like Ian Poulter in particular. Haney recounts an incident in which Woods got angry when Poulter “mooched a ride” on his plane back home to Orlando, Fla. Haney listed Sergio García and Vijay Singh as other players to receive Woods’s cold shoulder.

Tiger post-scandal

“I learned one thing for sure,” Woods said. “When I play golf again, I’m going to play for myself. I’m not going to play for my dad, or my mom or Mark Steinberg or Steve Williams or Nike or my foundation, or for the fans. Only for myself.”


January 09, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Elin's termite infestation, Trump's sweetheart deal

Posted at 12:10 PM by Mick Rouse

The former Mrs. Tiger Woods has received much criticism for purchasing a $12.3 million mansion, only to tear down all 17,000 square feet of it. Turns out, Elin had good reason to demolish the Seminole Landing estate—termites.

Workers found extensive damage from termites and carpenter ants in the six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, kitchen and other areas in the two-story home with two elevators. County records show the home was built in 1932.

Don’t think that Elin just tossed away all of the mansion’s assets, either. According to Bill DiPaolo of the Palm Beach Post, Ms. Nordegren teamed up with Habitat for Humanity, allowing the non-profit organization to raid the estate, donating anything still salvageable.

Habitat workers removed cabinets, brick driveway pavers, five sub-zero refrigerators, chandeliers, 14 vanities, controlled-temperature wine coolers called EuroCaves, dozens of doors and one gas range, said Bobbi Blodgett, the director of deconstruction for the non-profit organization that builds homes for the needy.

"What a wonderful thing for (Nordegren) to do. She could have tossed this stuff in the trash. The negative publicity toward her has been very unfair," Blodgett said.

"No wonder she tore the place down. The infestation was all over. You could put your fingers right through the wood.”

The items removed are being priced and will be sold by Habitat for Humanity. Blodgett guesses Nordegren's donations will bring in at least $30,000, which will help fund future home building projects. According to Blodgett, aside from a hotel, Elin’s mansion will have the largest payoff for the non-profit organization.

Trump's super discount

Geoff Shackelford cites a New York Post report that real state mogul Donald Trump will receive a deep discount from the city on his new Jack Nicklaus-designed course in the Bronx.

“We are paying [$184 million for] the project. Trump is getting a gift from a fellow billionaire, the mayor,” said Geoffrey Croft, of watchdog group NYC Park Advocates. “It’s unheard of that you don’t pay any money for four years.”

By year five, Trump will have to pay only 7 percent of the gross receipts, or a minimum of $300,000. And by year 16, he pays just 10 percent, or $420,000, to the city.

The city’s Franchise and Concession Review Committee is set to approve the deal today.

Overton pleads guilty

Last month, Jeff Overton was arrested for public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement while in Bloomington, Ind. While Overton originally stated he planned to fight the case, Ryan Ballengee reported that he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct—the charges of resisting law enforcement and public intoxication were dismissed. Overton’s lawyer, Sam Shapiro, isn’t exactly thrilled with his client’s decision to plead guilty, though.

“It's hard to be too loud before an Indiana-Kentucky game. I would have liked to take this case to trial, but Jeff believed it was better for him to get this behind him.” 

Overton was probably right on that front. All in all, he was given a slap on the wrist—30 hours of community service and $165 in administrative costs. Even without a PGA Tour win to his name, Overton should be able to scrounge up the cash.

DJ’s Return

Dustin Johnson is set to make his return at Torrey Pines late this month at the Farmers Insurance Open, reports Alan Blondin of The State. Johnson is recovering from arthroscopic surgery to repair damaged cartilage in his right knee that has plagued him since July. According to DJ’s Twitter, his rehab #KNEEhab is in the rearview mirror.

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January 05, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Johnny Miller thinks Tiger Woods will win 'at least four times'

Posted at 12:06 PM by Ryan Reiterman

Tiger Woods played well toward the end of 2011, including a birdie-birdie finish to win the Chevron, and now the golf world is buzzing about his chances to get back to his old self in 2012. One man never shy on opinions, NBC's Johnny Miller, thinks Woods will have a very big year with at least four wins.

"I think Tiger is the breakout player of the year in 2012. I really do believe that," the NBC golf analyst said. "I think he'll win probably at least four times.

"I always analyze from how bad a bad shot is. Tiger's bad shots, especially with his long clubs, were pretty bad. Now his bad shots with the long clubs are quite good. Almost in the 2000, 2001 range. His irons were never that poor, even when he was struggling, and his short game has really come along. I think he is very determined to show the naysayers that they didn't know what they were talking about when they sort of wrote him off.

"I think he's going to have a big year."

Extreme Home Makeover: Elin Edition
So what's Elin Nordegren doing with her reportedly $100 million divorce settlement? According to TMZ, she just demolished a $12 million mansion in Florida to build her own dream home while living in another mansion nearby.

Elin bought the 9,000 square foot North Palm Beach home in March ... right after she struck a $100 million divorce settlement with Tiger Woods.

Apparently, Elin felt the modest 6 bedroom, 8 bathroom pad wasn't quite up to her standards ... so she did the only reasonable thing -- KNOCKED THE WHOLE PLACE DOWN!

We're told Nordegren has hired a high-priced architect to build her dream home ... and sources say every single worker is required to sign a confidentiality agreement.

No word on how long the project is expected to take -- but we're told Elin is living in a nearby mansion inside the private community while the new place is under construction.

Take it away, ABBA!

More Good News for Northern Ireland
Want to generate buzz for your small country? Start winning majors! The Irish Golf Desk reports Royal Portrush, home course to British Open champ Darren Clarke, might host this year's Irish Open, a possible test run to try and land an Open Championship.

However, with McIlroy and Portrush residents Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell all now major winners, it is believed that the tour and the Northern Ireland government are keen to ride that momentum and bring forward plans to take the Irish Open back to Ulster for the first time since 1953.

Royal Portrush wants to host the Open Championship itself and while that appears unlikely in the short term due to political and logistical reasons, the Irish Open is considered the logical “test” event for staging a major.

However, while it was believed that the funds were not in place to host the Irish Open in the North until 2013, Royal Portrush is again being mentioned a potential venue from June 28 to July 1 this year.

Hopefully these guys didn't use the fine china ...

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February 28, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Will Elin appear on ‘Dancing With the Stars’?

Posted at 1:04 PM by Mike Walker

File this one under “Last Things in the World Tiger Woods Needs.” The entertainment TV show "Extra" is reporting that Woods’s ex-wife Elin Nordgren might appear on the next season of ABC’s "Dancing With the Stars", according to The Orlando Sentinel.

The next cast of “Dancing With the Stars” will be unveiled during Monday’s edition of “The Bachelor.” The closer we get to that day, the more speculation you’re going to hear about the cast.

“Extra” is speculating that Elin Nordegren, ex-wife of Tiger Woods, is in talks for the ABC dance contest. “Extra” showed footage of Nordegren pulling her own luggage through LAX.

Tim Tebow to play with Jack Nicklaus at Honda Classic Pro-Am

The field of the Honda Classic will have more star power than it’s had in years with three of the world’s top four players there, but the biggest names in Palm Beach Gardens this week won’t be playing the tournament Thursday. They’re playing the pro-am Wednesday.

According to Gary Smits of The Florida Times Union, Jack Nicklaus will play in the Honda pro-am with Denver Broncos quarterback and Florida state hero Tim Tebow.

Tebow is playing in the pro-am of the Honda Classic next week at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens and will be in heavy company. His pro-am partners will be 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus, entertainer Kenny G and Jason Taylor of the New York Jets. Earlier this winter, Tebow played rounds at Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Whisper Rock, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

“I do have a little bit more time on my hands,” Tebow said Tuesday. “I’m still working out and getting my body ready for my second NFL season, but I enjoy playing a fun round of golf every now and then with my friends and my brothers.”

Tebow should make sure to ask Nicklaus for a tip. It paid off for Drew Brees when he played here with Nicklaus last year, according to Brees’s interview with Golf Magazine.

He gave me a lot of tips as we were playing. It was a really windy day when we played so he gave me tips on hitting shots into the wind -- choke down on the club, take an extra club, make a more compact swing, keep the ball a little lower. I was pulling my head up while putting so he gave me a little trick to keep my head down while I'm putting. I'm been working on those things and they've really helped my game. It's pretty cool when Jack Nicklaus is giving you advice.

Hank Haney defends his work on Tiger’s swing

Tiger Woods’s former swing coach Hank Haney turned the tables on TV commentators when he rated them on Twitter this weekend: “Kostis gets it right, McCord gets it, Chamblee gets it too but PK is best because his analysis isn't based solely on how he sees the swing”

Then Haney added another tweet about the Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee, who has been a critic of Woods’s swing under Haney: “Brandel gets paid to tell it like he sees it and he does his homework, as time goes by he will appreciate what I did with Tiger more”

For his part, Chamblee agreed with Haney:

  IMG00248-20101105-1633_normal @HankDHaney As I said on the show, The state of the game, Tiger never lost "impact" under Hank and really nothing else matters in the swing.

IMG00248-20101105-1633_normal Totally agree that time will give great perspective to the accomplishments of Tiger under @HankDHaney. It was a helluva run.

Stray Shots: Things we saw while thinking that Martin Kaymer’s silk scarf looked a lot better on Lindsay Lohan....

Good grief, even John Daly live-tweeted the Oscars on Sunday night. Was I the only person watching the Knicks? 

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jonathan Storm plays Judge Smails to Donald Trump’s Al Czervik in his column about Trump’s purchase of Pine Hills Golf Club, or as Trump hilariously dubs it, “Pine Valley 2.”

EA Sports keeps milking its Tiger Woods '12 Masters video game release with live demos on March 8 before the game’s on-sale date of March 29. OK, we get it, it’s the first Masters video game. Just release the thing already. (Via USA Today)

Tweet of the Day:

Mike McGee (aka, Annika Sorenstam's husband).

018_bigger Just got our GolfWorld. Yani Tseng won 4 in a row to start the year and there is some cartoon on the cover. What more do women need to do?



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December 16, 2010

Truth & Rumors: Olazábal, Love expected to be next Ryder Cup captains

Posted at 11:55 AM by Ryan Reiterman

The U.S. vs. Europe debate has continued long after October's Ryder Cup thanks to Lee Westwood's taking over the No. 1 ranking, and big names such as Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy taking a pass on PGA Tour membership to join Westwood on the European Tour in 2011.

Now the focus is already shifting back to the 2012 Ryder Cup, with The Guardian reporting that José Maria Olazábal will be named the captain for the Euro squad Jan. 18 in Abu Dhabi.

Olazábal might well have led the side at Celtic Manor in October, but hesitated over throwing his hat into the ring and the Tour's tournament committee instead turned to Colin Montgomerie.

Immediately after regaining the trophy in Wales Montgomerie confirmed that he had no intention standing for re-election and gave his support to Olazábal taking over from him for the 2012 match at Medinah in Chicago.

The only problem for the Spaniard, who with Seve Ballesteros formed the most successful partnership in cup history, has been his health. He has been battling rheumatic pains for well over a decade and played only one tournament in the first nine months of this year.

Davis Love III has long been rumored to be the next U.S. captain, but no formal announcement has been made.

Update: Golf Channel says Love will be named the U.S. captain early next year.

The PGA of America’s board of directors met late last month to approve the move, which has been widely anticipated following the U.S. team’s loss in October.

Love, 46, has played in six matches and has a 9-12-5 overall record, but hasn’t been on the winning side of the biennial event since 1999. He also served as an assistant captain for this year’s event, which was won by the Europeans, 14 ½ to 13 ½.

When contacted, Love referred all questions to the PGA of America.

“It’s our hope to announce the 2012 Ryder Cup captain in the first quarter sometime next year,” said Julius Mason, the PGA’s senior director of communications and media relations.

Choke on This!
Johnny Miller has been out of the booth for a few months, but thanks to a fantastic profile by Jaime Diaz and a lively Q&A with Stephanie Wei, Miller fans like myself are getting a fresh fix of Johnny's blunt assessments in the off-season. A few highlights from Wei's dinner chat with Miller:

WUP: Who are the biggest chokers?

JM: Well, you sort of look at guys that should win more. I don’t know if you necessarily — it’s hard to tell whether a guy is really a big choker or not. But for a while, believe it or not, Tom Watson was labeled as a choker and so was Payne Stewart. Guys that were having trouble winning — even like Davis Love III — a lot of people say he should have won more.

But of course, Watson got it going and had a great, great, phenomenal career. And Payne had a pretty good career. But he was known like Davis — guys that just couldn’t bring it home.

Nowadays, if you really want an answer to that…

[Ed. note: Johnny reaches to get his wallet and pulls out what appears to be a clipping that lists names of players, and studies it with a serious expression.]

I’d say Paul Casey might be a guy that you could say really should have won way more tournaments by now. He’s just won a couple tournaments in the US, and with his talent, he should have won a dozen by now. He’s a guy you gotta question. I think he won the Shell Houston tournament with a bogey on the playoff hole. So the bottomline is, something’s going on with him. He’s got a lot more talent than he’s winning.

You know, Dustin Johnson you might say he was choking at the US Open. When you start to hit shots you haven’t seen in a long time, that’s usually a sign of choking — you know, getting nervous. Maybe even the decision he made at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits after he soled the club and then tried to hit that crazy shot out of the quote-unquote bunker. That was not a good decision. So a lot of times choking is just the shot selection you try — try to do stuff you shouldn’t do.

WUP: What about someone like Lee Westwood, who some say has trouble closing out majors?

JM: Thing is about Lee — the way he plays in the Ryder Cup, he doesn’t appear to be a choker, but maybe for majors. Everybody has their choking point. The only thing that Tiger in his prime would choke is maybe winning the Grand Slam in the calendar year, but to be honest, he did win a non-[calendar] year Slam.

House Hunter?
A real estate blog in Florida says Elin has been looking for a condo down the road from Tiger's new pad.

Bubbaclaus is Here!
Bubba Watson is in the holiday spirit, and he's been giving away prizes, tips and more on his Twitter feed with his alter ego Bubbaclaus. Here's the full details on the contest, and check out his ridiculous videos here.

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