Tiger's Upcoming Title: Married Man
12/01/2003 at 12:00 AM EST
Tiger Woods's days as a swinging single are numbered.
The world champion golfer, 27, plans to marry his Swedish girlfriend of two years, Elin Nordegren, 23, reports the Swedish newspaper the Daily Expressen.
The golfer's agent, Mark Steinberg of IMG, has confirmed the couple's engagement to the Associated Press but provided no details. The Expressen said that while the date and location of the wedding were not disclosed, the ceremony was likely to take place in Sweden.
Friends of the couple tell the paper that the two, who have a home in Orlando, Fla., are in no rush. Woods and Nordegren reportedly met when she was working as a nanny to the children of Swedish professional golfer Jesper Parnevik.
"She called this morning and was incredibly happy," Nordegren's father, Thomas, a correspondent for Swedish Radio in Washington, D.C., told the Expressen. "I only spoke shortly with them on the telephone, but they were happy and I congratulated them."
AP could not reach the elder Nordegren for further details. Contacted by Reuters, Nordegren's mother, Barbro Holmberg, who is Sweden's migration minister, had no comment.
Woods and Nordegren, a former model, became engaged during a four-day stay at South Africa's luxury Shamwari game reserve near the coastal city of Port Elizabeth. Woods had been in Fancourt, South Africa, for the Presidents Cup, which ended Nov. 23.
Shamwari said in a statement that Woods had proposed to Nordegren during a sunset walk on Nov. 25. The South African Broadcasting Corp. also reported that the couple spent the night under the stars roughing it in sleeping bags and preparing their own food.
Woods's party, which reportedly included his caddy Steve Williams and another friend, left for the U.S. early Friday aboard a private jet "with Ms. Nordegren sporting a huge diamond on her finger," the statement said.