Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Tiger Woods TV ad could be final straw for marriage

Tiger Woods appears in a new Nike commercial
Tiger Woods reflects on a question during a news conference at the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga., Monday, April 5, 2010. The tournament begins Thursday, April, 8. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Rachel Uchitel

Tiger Woods and his wife are said to be heading for divorce after friends claimed the US golf star had lost the battle to save his marriage.

It is claimed the final straw for the beleaguered star’s five-year marriage was a “creepy” television advert for sports giant Nike which featured the voice of his late father.

Woods’ wife, former swimwear model Elin Nordegren, is said to be furious, and believes her husband should have taken more time off before returning to the golf course.

The advert was broadcast on the eve of the US Masters, where Woods ended a five-month exile, and featured him looking directly into the camera without speaking.

A 2004 recording of his late father Earl saying “Did you learn anything?”, was played over the footage.

Woods took an indefinite break from golf after details of his infidelities started to become public at the end of last year. He returned at Augusta last weekend, finishing fourth in the year’s first Major.

Ms Nordegren was conspicuous by her absence at the event and was reportedly flying to Arizona when he teed off in the final round.

“Elin was violently angry over this commercial and thought it was a cheesy thing to do,” one American source said.

“She wouldn't have gone near the Masters under any condition but that just made her madder.

“She is over Tiger. I wouldn't be surprised if she files for divorce some time soon.”

Another friend said: “She's so far beyond hurt now. If she were angry or if she hated him, they might still have a chance to work it out. But she's beyond that.She just doesn't care any more.

“She mourned the loss of this marriage, and now she's moving on. It's the only thing she can do.”

Woods has committed to working at his marriage, no legal papers have been filed, and Ms Nordegren has not instructed a lawyer.

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