updated 12/15/2003 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 12/15/2003 AT 01:00 AM EST
When Tiger Woods and his girlfriend of two years, Swedish model Elin Nordegren, disappeared at dusk during a Nov. 25 safari at South Africa's Shamwari Game Reserve, rangers grew worried that perhaps the duo had become, er, tiger bait. "After 20 minutes, I started to wonder where he'd gone," says ranger Nhlanhla Khumalo. When Woods, 27, and Nordegren, 23, reemerged soon after, the mystery was solved. "Everyone noticed the ring," says Khumalo. "The diamond was half as big as my finger."
Later that week the newly engaged pair—who share Woods's Orlando mansion—called Nordegren's father, Thomas, to spread the news. "They have lived together for quite a while now, so I think it's a well-thought-over decision," says Thomas, 50, the Washington, D.C., bureau chief for Swedish Broadcasting radio. "Neither of them are the type to rush into something."
The pair seemed to take it slow when they were first introduced two years ago by Swedish pro golfer Jesper Parnevik, for whom Nordegren was then working as a nanny. The bride-to-be, who grew up outside Stockholm and perfected her English at an international high school in Berlin, "is very calm, very down-to-earth, very humble, very mature," says Parnevik, a Woods pal. "They're a perfect match. It's a good balance point for his hectic life, so I think it's going to work out very well."
So far, the wedding planning is still in the early stages: "I don't think much has been decided yet," says Thomas. "This is very new for both of them."
When the Big Day finally does arrive, will marriage prove a distraction to Tiger's game, as some have speculated? Although he's had a disappointing year, his friends say that if anything, his relationship with Nordegren has boosted his famous focus. Says Parnevik: "I think she's only going to be good for him. Tiger's the lucky one. She's a great girl."
Law of Attraction
On the New York City set of the remake of Alfie last month, there was no mistaking the chemistry between Jude Law and his leading lady Sienna Miller. During the shoot, Law (reprising Michael Caine's 1966 role as an irresistible cad) and Miller hunkered over a sundae that she fed him with her finger. When the cameras stopped, "they bumped up the affection," says a witness. "Their faces were so close, you couldn't put a piece of paper between them."
Officially, close is all they are: Still in the process of divorcing actress Sadie Frost, Law, 30, has ducked reports of a romance with Miller, 20, a London-reared former model. "They are costars and friends, that's it," says his rep Simon Halls. Still, he and Miller have gone on outings with Rafferty, 7, the eldest of Law's three children with Frost, 38—"They acted like a nice, lovely family," says a source who saw them at London's Tate Modern—and connected at parties after arriving separately. "I'm really not happy talking about our relationship," Miller told London's Evening Standard. "It all seems so mad at the moment."
HOT NEW ROMANCE
From Pam to Pink
Looks like the always colorful love life of rocker Tommy Lee just took on a bright new hue. The drummer, 41, who had most recently been spotted keeping company with ex-wife Pamela Anderson, 36, is now making the rounds with another bad-girl blonde: "Trouble" songstress Pink, 24, who had been dating pro motocross racer Carey Hart, 28. Lee and Pink were seen smooching at a San Fernando Valley eatery on Nov. 22, and together again on Nov. 26. "He usually goes for more girly girls, but he totally gets a kick out of her," says a source close to Lee. "He'll always be into Pam, but they can't get it together, so for now, he's really into Pink. They're happy."