Back to the Golf: Tiger and Elin Offiically Splitsville

Wow, no one saw that coming.

Nevermind, everybody did, but as of yesterday, the marriage between Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren has officially been dissolved. I can’t say I’m happy to see this day come, except for the fact that I really am happy that this day has come.

The speculation hasn’t been if the two would get a divorce, but when and thankfully, that day has come. Tiger made the announcement known Monday on his website in a press release:

McGuireWoods LLP, counsel for Elin Nordegren and Sasser, Cestero and Sasser P.A., counsel for Tiger Woods, make the following announcement:

Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods confirmed today that they have divorced. Judgment was entered today in Bay County (Florida) Circuit Court dissolving the marriage. The Judgment provides for shared parenting of their two children.

Ms. Nordegren and Mr. Woods issued this joint statement:

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

Ms. Nordegren was represented by McGuireWoods attorneys Richard Cullen and Dennis I. Belcher in Richmond, Scott S. Cairns in Jacksonville and Walter H. White, Jr., and Josefin Lonnborg in London, assisted by Rebecca Palmer of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. Thomas J. Sasser of the West Palm Beach, Florida firm of Sasser, Cestero and Sasser P.A., and Peter T. Mott of the Southport, Connecticut firm of Brody Wilkinson, P.C., Mr. Woods’ long time general counsel, represented Mr. Woods.

Friend of the blog, Ryan Ballengee of Waggle Room tracked down the divorce filings from Bay County Court in Panama City, FL for your reading pleasure. If you’re into the whole legal mumbo jumbo. then here it is. If you’re not inclined or intrigued to read what the Bay County Court had to say here’s a quick break down. They were married October 5, 2004, had two kids, lived in Florida for six months before filing for divorce, their marriage had become irretrievably broken and Elin wants her maiden name back.

What do we make of this whole thing?

From the personal side: how could this turn out any other way?

There is no way that this marriage could have worked out. Tiger was a sleez ball and Elin, more than anyone, knows that. She can’t expect to raise her kids under the assumption that it’s okay to cheat and lead a double life and all will be honky dory at home as long as you’re a famous golfer who brings in $100 million a year. This is what Elin needed to do to regain any semblance of normalcy to her life. It’s pretty obvious she has enough self-respect that she wouldn’t put up with her husband taking her love to town, regardless of who he is and what ungodly amount of money he makes (even if it’s so much that it can raise the worth of Swedish currency). So, that’s good for her. Time heals all wounds and undoubtedly, this will take a good amount of time, but at least she can take solace in the fact that she’s getting a bunch of money. I can’t be sure, but if I were her, I would take some sinister happiness in the fact that Tiger is playing some pretty shitty golf.

As for Tiger, there’s no doubt this whole thing is weighing on him and has been since his return at the Masters. Maybe the rehab has helped him to realize that what he was doing was unacceptable, that he has to be accountable for his actions and that, at the end of the day, he has to look himself in the mirror and explain to his two children what he did to their mother was wrong and they should never emulate his actions.

But all of that is wishful thinking; optimism that may be misplaced in a fallen hero. Maybe what Tiger really needs is for the whole scandal to fade into the past. I don’t know the man, except for the man he let’s the public know. Maybe the rehab was another ploy; a chess move made by his image team. We may never know. But what we do know now is that Tiger Woods is a single, father of two with a giant smudge on his image, a smudge that may never go away.

But finally, the divorce means we can get back to the golf. It’s still going to take a while. Tiger’s showing signs of returning to form, but they are the types of signs that still seem a long way out.

Here’s hoping Tiger is trying to become a better man he says he is, but truly no one would be surprised if he’s not. Charles Barkley was right, athletes aren’t role models, they need role models.

Tiger’s life is Tiger’s life, so let’s keep it that way and finally, let’s get back to the golf.

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