Tiger, Elin divorce

U.S. golfer Tiger Woods (R) shares a moment with Elin Nordegren during the opening ceremony for the...

U.S. golfer Tiger Woods (R) shares a moment with Elin Nordegren during the opening ceremony for the 35th Ryder Cup Matches in Bloomfield, Michigan, in this September 16, 2004 file photo. (REUTERS/Gary Cameron/Files)

DAVE POLLARD, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:41 PM ET

Ladies, the line forms to the right.

Tiger Woods is a bachelor again, albeit a slightly poorer one. The world's top-ranked golfer, and noted philanderer, announced Monday that his six-year marriage to Elin Nordegren was officially over.

Woods and Nordegren, who separated soon after revelations of Woods' infidelity surfaced following his late-night car crash nine months ago, issued a joint statement through their lawyers that their divorce had been finalized.

"We are sad that our marriage is over and we wish each other the very best for the future," the statement read. "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."

The statement confirmed what had been rumoured in the works for months. The two have been living apart since Woods crashed his SUV into a tree outside their Isleworth, Fla., home, triggering attention to his extramarital adventures.

Financial terms of the divorce, which the statement says was granted by Bay County Circuit Judge Judy Pittman Biebel in Panama City, Fla., were not disclosed. Some online reports have pegged Nordegren's settlement at $750 million but it's more likely Woods will be required to pay the former model and nanny in the neighbourhood of $100-150 million.

Woods and Nordegren married in a lavish ceremony at the posh Sandy Lane resort in Barbados on Oct. 5, 2004, three years after they were introduced by Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik. They have two children – a three-year-old daughter, Sam, and 19-month-old son, Charlie.

The joint statement said "the (divorce) judgment provides for shared parenting of their two children."

There was no indication where the children will live, although thehollywoodgossip.com reports that Nordegren will not be able to permanently move them to her native Sweden.

According to reports, the divorce petition said the marriage was "irretrievably broken" and Nordegren asked to have her maiden name restored.

The divorce ends a hellish nine-month stretch for Woods. The golfer has seen his squeaky-clean image ruined by revelations of adultery, he has had sponsorship deals pulled and now his ranking as the world's No. 1 golfer is threatened.

Woods' world began crashing in on him in late November 2009, when the National Enquirer published a story claiming he had an affair with nightclub hostess Rachel Uchitel. Two days later he crashed his Cadillac SUV into a tree while leaving his Isleworth house, an accident that led to him being cited for careless driving.

Soon after that, the scandal spun out of control.

More than a dozen women claimed they had affairs with Woods. In December, San Diego cocktail waitress Jaimee Grubbs released voice messages and texts she said were left by Woods during their two-and-a-half year affair.

Woods finally acknowledged the affairs when he issued a statement apologizing for his behaviour on Dec. 11.

"I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart," he said in the statement. "I have not been true to my values and the behaviour my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect. I am dealing with my behaviour and personal failings behind closed

doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone."

In an apparent effort to save his marriage, and perhaps rehab his image, in January Woods entered a six-week in-patient program for sex addiction in Hattiesburg, Miss.

The scandal has cost Woods millions of dollars – according to some estimates, upwards of $35 million - and he's lost three major corporate sponsors: Accenture, AT&T and Gatorade, while others reduced his exposure in advertising.

Later this week, Woods is scheduled to play in The Barclays, the first tournament in the PGA Tour's playoffs. He could also play in the Ryder Cup in Wales, should he be picked for the team by U.S. captain Corey Pavin.


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