Whether the two were reuniting after all these years has been the topic of conversation in the tabloids, amid rumors that Woods, who lost in the first round of this week’s WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, was also dating Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn. There was no word on the long-term intent of Woods and Nordegren, who reportedly arrived separately at a youth sporting event in Jupiter, Fla. -- he with their two children and she about 30 minutes later -- and left together in her car.
Woods and Nordegren married in 2004. Their daughter Sam Alexis was born in June 2007, with son Charlie Axel born in February 2009. The marriage crumbled after Woods’ numerous extra-marital affairs went viral following his one-car accident outside his Florida home on Thanksgiving night 2009.
Golf’s former No. 1 has worked his way back from personal and professional oblivion, a period of time that saw him plummet below the top 50 in the world golf rankings and lose several lucrative endorsement deals. Three PGA Tour wins last year helped him once again climb the ladder, where he resides in the second spot behind top-ranked Rory McIlroy.
Those triumphs, plus his victory at the 2013 Farmers Insurance Open, have helped quell the incessant “Is Tiger back?” query that used to pop up at every press conference. Though some still tiresomely raise the issue since Woods has yet to win a major since 2008, the question now may become, “Is Tiger back” with his ex-wife?
Saturday’s public reunion will no doubt fan the flames of that speculation, but don’t expect Woods to reveal anything about what goes on outside the ropes.
“I am not going to comment on my private life,” Woods told reporters at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship last month.