"After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I'm ready to start my season at Augusta," Woods says of his return to The Masters (where he ties for fourth place). Around this time, longtime sponsor Nike unveils a controversial commercial, featuring the voice of Woods's late father, asking a somber-looking Tiger, "I want to find out what your thinking was, I want to find out what your feelings are, and did you learn anything."
"What we say to each other will remain between the two of us," Woods said in February, leaving speculation that he and his estranged wife Elin are headed for divorce. Sources tell PEOPLE that Nordegren, who is reportedly hammering out a settlement with Woods, could land "about $700 million" – a sum contingent upon her silence about their marriage.
After months of speculation, Woods and Nordegren finalize their divorce. "We are sad that our marriage is over and we wish each other the very best for the future," the exes say in a joint statement. "While we are no longer married, we are the parents of two wonderful children and their happiness has been, and will always be, of paramount importance to both of us." Though the divorce settlement remains undisclosed, reports suggest Nordegren could receive anywhere from $100 million in assets to as much as five times that figure.
Nearly two years after his split from Nordegren, Woods confirms he's in a relationship with Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn. "[We] have been friends for some time, but over the last few months we have become very close," he writes on his official website, while Vonn simultaneously posts a similar message on her Facebook page.
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