Tiger Woods Moving On with New Girlfriend?

VIDEO: The woman rumored to be Tiger Woods girlfriend was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
Share
Copy

Less than a year after finalizing their divorce, Tiger Woods and ex-wife Elin Nordegren appear to be moving on with their lives.

Woods, 35, has been spotted recently with a new lady friend, who bears some resemblance to Nordegren. The blond beauty is Alyse Lahti Johnston, a 22-year-old aspiring golf pro originally from Cleveland, Ohio.

Sports and entertainment blog TerezOwens.com first broke the news last Friday that the pair have been dating for a few months. "They went out on his yacht with another couple the other night and Tiger seems to be smitten over her," the blog post said.

Calls to Woods' rep were not immediately returned.

According to Britain's Daily Mail, Johnston moved to the Windermere, Fla., estate where her mother and stepfather live after graduating from Ohio State last year.

Windermere, interestingly, was where Woods and Nordegren lived when their marriage imploded amid his cheating scandal. What's more, Johnston's stepfather, Alastair Johnston, is on the board of IMG, the sports agency that reps Woods.

When Johnston decided she wanted to train for the LPGA Tour a few months ago, her stepfather hired a private coach, who, according to Radar Online, introduced Johnston to Woods.

Popeater gossip columnist Rob Shuter told ABC News that the two met at a golf game and have since become "friendly." But Shuter doesn't expect them to get serious.

"I'm not convinced this is his girlfriend yet or somebody that he's just having some fun with," he said. "Remember Tiger is trying to rebuild his image. ... The last thing he wants the public to see at the moment is him with a young pretty blond girl."

It appears Johnston has no intention of getting serious either with Woods, who is 13 years her senior. "She is a really nice girl, smart and super friendly. And she's also a bit of a wild child. She definitely likes to have fun," a former classmate told Radar.

Indeed, Johnston was arrested on suspicion of DUI last year.

In the mug shot taken after her October 9th arrest, Johnston hardly looks like the same woman photographed recently on Woods' yacht.

Represented by a high-profile Florida attorney, Johnston ultimately pled no contest to a lesser charge of reckless driving and was ordered to take a DUI course, according to the Daily Mail. She received a final charge of improper change of lane when she returned to court on January 21. The case is now closed.

"She has had an odd past -- definitely known as a party girl," Shuter said. "She hasn't really kept a job for terribly long, but she seems like a fun go-lucky girl who's hanging out with Tiger."

Meanwhile, Woods' ex Nordegren, 31, appears to be actively single again following reports late last year linking her to a 35-year-old South African man and fellow student at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., where they both were taking classes.

New Homes for Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren

Now Nordegren is reportedly settling into her new beach-front North Palm Beach home, which she used $12.2 million of her reported $110 million divorce settlement to buy, according to TMZ.

The 17,178-square-foot home is only 10 miles from Woods' new bachelor pad in Jupiter, Fla., in keeping with their agreement to live near each other for the sake of their children, Sam and Charlie.

Woods told GMA's Robin Roberts earlier this month that his children are his main priority.

"I'm present with my kids," he said. "And that's important, because to be with them each and every time I'm with them, to feel that and be connected to them and to see their joys on their faces, whether it's Sam dancing and creating things and coloring and rearranging furniture and all that stuff."

Earlier this month, Woods announced that he's moving into his reported 12-acre $50 million estate, which includes a 6,400-square-foot gym/media room/bar, an elevator, a reflecting pond and a 3.5 acre practice facility.

"[The practice facility] features four greens, six bunkers with different depths and kinds of sand, a video center and a putting studio," Woods wrote on his blog. "It's also set up so I can hit shots out of my second-story studio."

Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...