Tiger Woods’ Romantic History: From Elin Nordegren Marriage to Erica Herman & More

With Tiger's partnership with Nike ending, let's look at his love life over the years, and the scandals that came with it. Meet his ex-wife and ex-girlfriends, here.

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Tiger Woods is widely considered one of, if not the, greatest golfers of all time. He’s tied for first in most PGA Tour wins, and he has the second most men’s major championship victories. He’s also set countless golf records. For much of his career, Tiger’s name has also been synonymous with the brand Nike, which he was partnered with for 27 years.

The golf legend brought his partnership with Nike to an end after over a quarter of a century on Monday, January 8, 2024. “Over 27 years ago, I was fortunate to start a partnership with one of the most iconic brands in the world. The days since have been filled with so many amazing moments and memories, if I started naming them, I could go on forever,” he wrote in a statement. “Phil Knight’s passion and vision brought this Nike and Nike Golf partnership together and I want to personally thank him, along with the Nike employees and incredible athletes I have had the pleasure of working with along the way.”

In addition to his golf career, Tiger is also famous for his tumultuous love life, from the infamous divorce fallout with ex-wife Elin Nordegren to a string of subsequent high-profile romantic pursuits. Tiger’s romantic history has made major headlines over the years. Most recently, Tiger dated Erica Herman, but it was revealed that they split when she filed to nullify a non-disclosure agreement from the world-famous athlete in March 2023. A few months later, she did drop a $30 million lawsuit that she had brought against her ex.

Here’s everything to know about Tiger’s most public romantic relationships.

Elin Nordegren

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Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren sit courtside at a basketball game. (MEGA)

Elin Nordegren is a Swedish model who was first introduced to Tiger by a Swedish golfer named Jesper Parnevik at a golf tournament in 2001. Elin was working as a nanny for Jesper’s children at the time. The two started dating and got engaged in November 2003. They tied the knot less than one year later in Oct. 2004 in Barbados, and their daughter, Sam, was born 2007. They had a second child, Charlie, in 2009.

Unfortunately, Tiger and Elin’s marriage began falling apart in 2009 when reports first surfaced that he had cheated on her. The following month, he admitted to being unfaithful, and more women came forward claiming to have had affairs with Tiger. At first, Elin was desperate to save the marriage, especially for the sake of the pair’s young kids. However, she eventually filed for divorce, which was finalized in Aug. 2010.

Elin was very private about the scandal at first, but after the divorce, she opened up about how blindsided she was by the affairs. “I never suspected, not a one,” Elin admitted. However, she didn’t slam her ex-husband in the press. “I wish him all the best in the future, as a person and as an athlete,” she stated. “I know he is going to go down as the best golfer that’s ever lived, and rightfully so.” In 2019, Elin had a baby with former NFL player Jordan Cameron. Her Instagram is private at this time.

Rachel Uchitel

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Rachel Uchitel was one of Tiger Woods’ mistresses during his marriage to Elin Nordegren. (AP Images/Splash News)

Although Tiger reportedly had affairs with dozens of women during his marriage to Elin, the most memorable mistress of them all is Rachel Uchitel. Rachel, a nightclub manager, was the subject of the first tabloid cover exposing Tiger’s infidelities in Nov. 2009. At the time, she denied being romantically involved with the golfer.

However, Rachel will now appear in the Tiger documentary to speak about her time with the 45-year-old. “Here he was, in my bed, and he was my Tiger,” Rachel can be seen saying in a trailer for the special. After news of her relationship with Tiger broke, she was hounded by the press and paparazzi for months, but was eventually able to move on with her life out of the spotlight.

Now, Rachel is the proud mom of a daughter, who she gave birth to in May 2012, and often shows off mother-daughter snaps on her Instagram. At the time, she was married to her daughter’s father, Matt Hahn, a football player. The two broke up in 2013 and their divorce was finalized at the beginning of 2014.

Lindsey Vonn

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Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn at a golf tournament. (AP Images)

Tiger recovered from the fallout of his affairs and divorce, and yes, he even eventually started dating again. He met fellow athlete Lindsey Vonn, a professional skier, at a charity event in 2012. In March 2013, they confirmed that they were dating. Unfortunately, their relationship fizzled out and they split in May 2015.

“After nearly three years together, Tiger and I have mutually decided to end our relationship,” Lindsey said at the time. “I will always cherish the memories that we’ve created together. Unfortunately, we both lead incredibly hectic lives that force us to spend a majority of our time apart. I will always admire and respect Tiger. He and his beautiful family will always hold a special place in my heart.” Lindsey got engaged to NHL star, P.K. Subban, in 2019, but at the end of 2020, they announced that they had broken up, as well.

Kristin Smith

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Tiger Woods and Kristin Smith out on separate occasions. (AP Images/SplashNews)

Tiger’s next relationship, with stylist Kristin Smith, was more private than his previous romances. The two were first linked in Nov. 2016, and dated until the following summer. In 2018, it was reported that Tiger allegedly had Kristin sign a non-disclosure agreement at the time of their breakup to stop her from talking about what led to their split in the press. An legal battle ensued when Kristin wanted out of the NDA, according to TMZ.

Erica Herman

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Tiger Woods and Erica Herman at one of his golf tournaments. (AP Images)

Tiger began dating restaurant manager Erica Herman in the fall of 2017. The two met because Erica was serving as the manager at one of Tiger’s restaurants. Erica was close with Tiger’s kids while they dated, and also appeared to have an amicable relationship with Elin. At the end of 2020, Tiger and his son Charlie, 11, played in a golf tournament together, with Elin and Erica watching from the sidelines with each other, prompting fans to ask if she could be “the one.”

As of March 2023, however, that does not seem to be the case. Erica set the breakup rumor mill in motion when she filed to nullify a non-disclosure agreement from the golfer, per Page Six. More specifically, the outlet reported that the 38-year-old beauty cited two federal laws, which allow NDAs to be voided in cases of sexual harassment or assault — an eyebrow-raising development. She reportedly stated in documents that she is unsure if the NDA is “valid or enforceable,” and sought more specific clarification from the court on a variety of questions. Before that, Erica filed a lawsuit against Tiger that claimed he owes her $30 million for locking her out of his home after breaking up in Oct. 2022.

Tiger confirmed their split by responding to the NDA court documents of his own that called Erica a “jilted ex-girlfriend” and slammed her filing as baseless. “Ms. Herman’s position is utterly meritless,” the documents — which were obtained by HollywoodLife on March 13, 2023 — read. “It is a transparent abuse of the judicial process that undermines the purpose of the federal statute and those whom the statute seeks to protect.