Toger Woods' turbulent love life

Last May, Erica Herman, Tiger Woods' ex-girlfriend, was ruled to abide by the non-disclosure agreement she signed with the California golf champion and must resolve matters with him through private, closed-door arbitration

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Toger Woods' turbulent love life
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Last May, Erica Herman, Tiger Woods' ex-girlfriend, was ruled to abide by the non-disclosure agreement she signed with the California golf champion and must resolve matters with him through private, closed-door arbitration.

This was ruled in Florida Judge Elizabeth Metzger, who rejected Herman's attempt to void an agreement with Woods, which was reportedly signed in 2017, accusing him of harassment. Charges that Judge Metzger branded as vague and worn out.

Tiger Woods' private life has always been very full and always in the spotlight. In November 2003, Woods became engaged to Elin Nordegren, a former Swedish model and daughter of former immigration minister Barbro Holmberg and radio journalist Thomas Nordegren.

They were introduced during the Open Championship in 2001 by Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik, who had hired her as his au pair.

They married on October 5, 2004 at the Sandy Lane resort in Barbados, and lived in Isleworth, a community in Windermere, a suburb of Orlando, Florida.

In 2006, they purchased a $39 million estate in Jupiter Island, Florida, and began building a 10,000-square-foot home; Woods moved there in 2010 following the couple's divorce.

Woods and Nordegren's first child was a daughter born in 2007, who they named Sam Alexis Woods.

Woods chose that name because his father had always called him Sam. Their son, Charlie Axel Woods, was born in 2009.

Toger Woods' turbulent love life

In November 2009, the National Enquirer published an article alleging that Woods was having an extramarital affair with New York nightclub manager Rachel Uchitel, who denied the claim.

Two days later, around 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 27, Woods was leaving his Florida mansion in his Cadillac Escalade SUV when he collided with a fire hydrant, a tree and several hedges near his home. He was treated for minor facial lacerations and received a fine for careless driving.

Following intense media speculation about the cause of the crash, Woods released a statement on his website and took sole responsibility for the crash, calling it a private matter and giving credit to his wife for helping him to get out of the car.

On November 30, Woods announced that he would not participate in his charity golf tournament or any other tournaments in 2009 due to his injuries. On December 2, following Us Weekly magazine's reporting the previous day of an alleged mistress and the subsequent release of a voicemail message allegedly left by Woods for the woman, Woods released a further statement.

He admitted the transgressions and apologized to all those who have supported him over the years, reiterating his and his family's right to privacy. In the days that followed, more than a dozen women claimed in various media outlets to have had affairs with Woods.

On December 11, he released a third statement in which he admitted the infidelity and apologized again. He also announced that he would be taking an indefinite break from professional golf. In the days and months after Woods admitted multiple infidelities, several companies reevaluated their relationships with him.

Accenture, AT&T, Gatorade and General Motors have completely ended their endorsement deals, while Gillette has suspended advertising with Woods.

TAG Heuer dropped Woods from advertising in December 2009 and officially ended their agreement when his contract expired in August 2011.

Golf Digest magazine suspended Woods' monthly column starting with its February 2010 issue. Instead, Nike continued to support Woods, as did Electronic Arts, which was working with Woods on the Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online game.

On February 19, 2010, Woods released a televised statement in which he said he had been following a 45-day treatment program that began in late December. He again apologized for his actions.

He told: “I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted.

I felt I had worked hard my whole life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled to it. Because of money and fame, I didn't I had to go far to find them. I was wrong. I was foolish." After six years of marriage, Woods and Nordegren divorced on August 23, 2010.

On March 18, 2013, Woods announced that he and Olympic gold medalist skier Lindsey Vonn were dating. They separated in May 2015. From November 2016 to August 2017, Woods was rumored to be in a relationship with fashion designer Kristin Smith.

Between late 2017 and late 2022, Woods had an affair with restaurant manager Erica Herman. However, in early 2023, Herman filed a lawsuit against Woods related to a nondisclosure agreement, claiming it violates the Speak Out Act.

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