Tiger Woods is one of our greatest sports stars of all time and I have always admired his winning instinct, his commitment and how incredible he is at golf.
He has also done a lot of good things outside the golf course; for example, The Tiger Woods Foundation helps children worldwide with education and is about empowering minorities, especially underprivileged minority students.
But despite everything positive you might have to say about Woods, there are many people who don’t like him.
And I think a lot of people turned their backs on him after that huge infidelity scandal that was revealed in 2009.
Back then, The National Enquirer published details on how Woods had been cheating on his Swedish wife, Elin Nordegren – according to some reports, he was unfaithful with at least 18 different women.
Just days after the article was published, Woods left the couple’s home in his car, only to crash into a fire hydrant and a tree.
It happened fast – but the mighty Tiger Woods had fallen.
But how could one of the world’s greatest and most popular athletes go so wrong? Tiger Woods had everything – a beautiful wife, adorable children, a lot of money, and a fantastic career.
I remember the first time I read that Woods was cheating on Elin Nordegren, and I never forget thinking, “What the hell is he thinking?”
Sure, it’s history now, but I can’t stop wondering about what happened to Nordegren and the children. There is, of course, an answer to that, but we will take it from the beginning.
The reason Tiger Woods started dating Elin Nordegren is Jesper Parnevik.
Parnevik, a Swedish professional golfer who lived in the US, hired Nordegren as a nanny for his children. It was Parnevik who introduced Woods and Nordegren to each other, during the Open Championship in 2001.
The year before, Woods had insisted on meeting Nordegren, but she was dating another man at the time. So it was far from obvious that Woods would get the chance to even meet Nordegren. According to Parnevik’s wife, Mia Parnevik, many golf pros were interested in their blonde, beautiful nanny.
Nordegren, who dreamed of becoming a child psychologist, had no interest in dating Tiger Woods.
“Tiger was OK with that,” Mia Parnevik said. “There was a big line of single golfers wanting to meet her. They were gaga over her. “
But somehow their paths crossed and Woods and Nordegren fell in love. They got engaged in 2003, during a four-day vacation on a South African game reserve.
The couple married the following year, at the 19th hole at the Sany Lane resort in Barbados. The wedding ceremony was described as ”ultra-private” and among the guests were celebrities such as Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley.