- Tiger Woods is an American golf legend.
- He’s been married once, but had several high-profile relationships.
- His most recent girlfriend, Eric Herman, is asking for an NDA to be nullified.
Tiger Woods withdrew from the 2023 Masters due to a foot injury on Sunday morning, just ahead of the final round. Taking to his Twitter, Tiger wrote, “I am disappointed to have to WD this morning due to reaggravating my plantar fasciitis. Thank you to the fans and to @TheMasters who have shown me so much love and support. Good luck to the players today!”
I am disappointed to have to WD this morning due to reaggravating my plantar fasciitis. Thank you to the fans and to @TheMasters who have shown me so much love and support. Good luck to the players today!
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 9, 2023
The iconic golfer was in a historic chase for his sixth title. He would tie Jack Nicklaus for the most wins in Masters history if he ends up donning the iconic green jacket, of which he has shown off on his Instagram. With the tournament being his 25th, and injuries from a 2021 car crash still in effect, Tiger admitted this Masters could be his last.
“Last year was kind of … didn’t know if I was going to play again at that time,” Woods told reporters ahead of the tournament, per YahooSports. “For some reason, everything kind of came together and I made the cut, which was nice. But I don’t know how many more I have in me. Just being able to enjoy my time here and the memories.”
While he hopes to pull off a historic win and add to his legacy, 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, it goes without saying, has made major headlines over the years. Most recently, girlfriend Erica Herman sparked split rumors when she reportedly filed to nullify a non-disclosure agreement from the world-famous athlete.
Here’s everything to know about Tiger’s most public romantic relationships.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.