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Tiger Woods 'sad' as marriage ends

Golfer Tiger Woods and former spouse Elin Nordegren are starting life as ex husband and wife after officially ending their six-year marriage

The pair got divorced during a 10 minute hearing in Florida on Monday, almost nine months after the sportsman's infidelities first hit the headlines.

In a joint statement on the world number one's website, the ex-couple said they were "sad that our marriage is over" and wished "each other the very best for the future".

The divorce comes after Woods was forced to apologise publicly following a string of lurid allegations about affairs with a number of women.

The 34-year-old multimillionaire lost a series of lucrative endorsements in the wake of the claims and saw a dip in form on the golf course.

The couple's statement added: "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."

Woods and Nordegren married on October 5, 2004 during a ceremony in Barbados.They have a three-year-old daughter, Sam, and an 18-month-old son, Charlie.

Details of the divorce - and the likely cost to Woods - were not revealed. But it was disclosed that the judgment provides for joint custody of their two children.

Woods, who went into therapy, recently returned to golf with limited success and is in danger of losing his status as the best golfer in the world.

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