Nordegren, a statuesque former swimsuit model who left the fashion world to study child psychology, has given no public interviews since marrying Woods in 2004, and has tried to shield her children from the ever-present paparazzi.
She was introduced to Woods in 2001 while working as an au pair for Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik, who, in the first days of the scandal, publicly upbraided Woods and said he regretted introducing the two.
Photographer Bingo Rimer told Sports Illustrated in 2004 that Nordegren "didn't want to be just a celebrity girlfriend. ... She didn't want to be seen just as a decoration on Tiger's arm."
Tiger, however, continued to pursue her, reportedly paging her six times a day. Once he won Nordegren over, he proposed to her on an African safari. The two married Oct. 5, 2004, in a lavish, star-studded $2 million wedding in Barbados.
"I have found a life partner, a best friend," Woods told "60 Minutes" in 2006. "You know, Elin's been incredible for me. She's brought joy and balance in my life. We love doing the same things. You think I'm competitive? She's way more competitive than me."