Tiger Woods, wife officially divorced

Divorced. Single dad. Golf game still to be determined.

And so, after nine months of turmoil over his extramarital
affairs, now begins the next chapter in the life and times of Tiger
Woods.

In a hearing that lasted no more than 10 minutes in a Florida
judge’s chambers, Woods and his Swedish-born wife officially
divorced Monday.

”We are sad that our marriage is over and we wish each other
the very best for the future,” Woods and Elin Nordegren said in a
joint statement released by their lawyers.

The divorce was granted shortly after 2 p.m. in Bay County
Circuit Court in Panama City, Fla., about 375 miles from their
Isleworth home outside Orlando, where Woods drove his SUV over a
fire hydrant and into a tree on Thanksgiving night. That set off
shocking revelations that sports’ biggest star had been cheating on
his wife through multiple affairs.

Woods’ life and golf game have been in disarray ever since.

He and Nordegren were married Oct. 5, 2004, in Barbados and have
a 3-year-old daughter, Sam, and an 18-month-old son, Charlie.

Terms of the divorce – such as how much it will cost Woods –
were not disclosed. They said only that they will ”share
parenting” of their two children.

Nordegren, who for years tried to stay in the background, was
captured on video by celebrity websites eating lunch or picking up
her daughter from school.

”We love Elin, and we are so proud of the grace and strength
she has shown during this difficult time,” her father, Thomas
Nordegren, a talk show host at national broadcaster Swedish Radio,
told The Associated Press. ”We know that she will come out of this
even stronger and has a bright future in front of her.”

The divorce was finalized by Bay County Circuit Judge Judy
Pittman Biebel during a 10-minute hearing in a conference room in
her chambers, according to Biebel’s judicial assistant, Kim Gibson.
Woods and Nordegren were present, along with their lawyers, Gibson
said.

”I don’t comment on active cases,” Thomas J. Sasser, Woods’
divorce attorney, said. Asked why they chose to file in Panama
City, Sasser said it was a joint decision by the lawyers.

Nordegren’s attorneys – including her twin sister, London-based
Josefin Lonnborg – referred all questions to the statement.

Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, declined to comment when asked if
the couple had a prenuptial agreement or terms of the settlement.
”We’re not commenting beyond what was in the release,” he
said.

Nordegren’s mother, Barbro Holmberg, also declined to
comment.

Nordegren, who once worked as a nanny for Swedish golfer Jesper
Parnevik, asked to have her maiden name restored as Elin Maria
Pernilla Nordegren.

The sordid sex scandal cost Woods three major corporate sponsors
– Accenture, AT&T and Gatorade – worth millions of dollars, and
he lost his stature as the gold standard in sports endorsements. A
month after the scandal became public, Woods spent two months in
therapy at a Mississippi clinic with hopes of saving his
marriage.

”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,” they said in the
statement. ”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.”

Some of the court documents indicated that Woods had to focus on
his marital woes as well as his golf this summer.

He completed a four-hour course on ”Parent Education and Family
Stabilization” on July 10, the day before he left to play the
British Open. He had won the previous two times at St. Andrews by a
combined 13 shots, but this time finished 13 shots behind in a tie
for 23rd.

The couple signed a marital settlement agreement on July 3 and
July 4, the weekend of the AT&T National outside Philadelphia,
where Woods failed to break par in a PGA Tour event for the first
time in 11 years.

Nordegren completed her four-hour program through
FloridaParentingClass.com on Aug. 16, the day after Woods tied for
28th in the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. It was the first
time in nearly seven years he had finished out of the top 20 in
consecutive majors.

Documents also show that the children lived at their primary
home at Isleworth until November 2009 – the Woods car crash was
Nov. 27 – and that Nordegren had moved out to a nearby residence
since then.

Woods is to play this week at The Barclays, his first tournament
as a single man in nearly six years. He needs a good performance
just to get out of the first round of the FedEx Cup playoffs, which
he won the previous two times he played, and he also is trying to
show he is worth picking for the Ryder Cup, where wives take on a
visible role.

Since returning to golf at the Masters, Woods has not come close
to winning a tournament. He tied for fourth in the Masters and in
the U.S. Open, both times taking himself out of contention early in
the final round.

One example of how the impending divorce has affected him came
last month when he played in a charity pro-am in Ireland, which
ended on a Tuesday. Instead of staying overseas to practice on
links courses, Woods flew home to Florida for six days to see his
children and then returned to Scotland for the British Open.

Woods has won 82 times worldwide – 36 times and six majors while
married – in his professional career. His last victory came at the
Australian Masters on Nov. 15, his last trip before his serial
infidelity was uncovered.

Associated Press Writers Curt Anderson and Lisa Orkin in Miami,
and Karl A. Ritter in Stockholm contributed to this report.