It is over. Finally.
After months of relentless media and tabloid scrutiny, Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren ended speculation regarding the future of their marriage when they filed for divorce Monday in Bay County (Florida) Circuit Court. Woods and Nordegren were both present as attorneys filed paperwork ending their union.
Financial terms of the divorce settlement were not disclosed, but a source close to the proceedings dismissed previous reports that Elin would receive a $750 million payout. Recent reports have put the figure in the $100-$150 million range. While that number might be somewhat more palatable to Woods, it is still a lot of zeros in front of the decimal point.
Woods and Nordegren Focused on Children
A statement on tigerwoods.com confirmed that Woods and Nordegren had ended their marriage, and that the divorce judgment provided for joint parenting of the couple’s two young children.
In a joint statement released by their lawyers, Tiger Woods and Nordegren focused on the welfare of their two children, three-year-old daughter Sam, and one year-old son, Charlie.
“…We are the parents of two wonderful children, and their happiness has been, and always will be of paramount importance to both of us. Once we came to the conclusion our marriage was at an end, the primary focus of our amicable discussions has been to ensure their future well-being”
The statement went on to request respect for their privacy as the family adjusted to their new situation.
The End of Wood’s Sad Saga of Adultery
The divorce judgment brings to a close the saga of Woods adultery which began in November of 2009, when Woods rammed his car into a fire hydrant and a tree while leaving his Florida home following a late night argument with Nordegren.
Subsequent investigation revealed Woods had affairs with at least a dozen women while married to Nordegren. Several of Woods’s mistresses were quick to divulge lurid details of their illicit relationships with the golf-star, leading to a media firestorm previously unseen in sports, and particularly golf circles.
Woods temporarily left the PGA Tour and entered a six-way sex addiction treatment program, in hopes of saving his marriage, but the damage was done and the marriage ultimately fell apart
Can Tiger Woods Resurrect his Golf Career?
Can Tiger Woods resurrect his storied golf career at age thirty-four, following a scandal that destroyed his previously squeaky clean reputation? That remains to be seen.
Woods play has been erratic this season, although he has shown flashes of the brilliant shot making that made him the world’s number one ranked golf professional. No doubt his legendary laser-like focus on the golf-course has been disrupted by the distractions of his tumultuous personal life. The question is can he regain that focus and championship form, which earned him 16 major golf championships and 71 tournament victories, now that the distractions are behind him.
Competition on the PGA Tour is fierce and Tiger may have lost a bit of the aura that once intimidated his fellow golf pros (Particularly on Sundays). Other PGA players no longer fear Tiger Woods.
But we need not despair for Tiger Wood’s financial future. Despite his recent travails, Woods was named the highest paid professional athlete in the world for 2010, with earnings of over $90 million from winnings and endorsements.