Greer McVay’s Web Log (BLOG)
Volume 1, Issue 16
August 23, 2010
Tiger Woods, Divorce is official
Wow! That was quick. After months of unconfirmed rumors, and reports from unnamed sources and “friends” close to the couple, Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren have officially dissolved their marriage. It took nine months from the date of Tiger’s auto accident and subsequent—and frequent—reports of “indiscretions” for the divorce to become final. In the normal course of events, that’s a realistic timeframe. However, it seems quick because we were sort of lead to believe that they were “working on their marriage.”
Turns out they were really “working on their divorce.” The scenario must have gone down more like this: a) Elin busts Tiger trying to communicate with one of his ladies-in-waiting; b) Elin takes a swing at Tiger with his 9-Iron; c) A caught Tiger tries to make amends with apologies, promises and rehab; d) Elin momentarily contemplates reconciliation; e) Every woman who so much as brushed past Tiger comes out of hiding and reports their dalliances; f) Elin is humiliated publicly and globally; g) Elin is done; h) Tiger and Elin negotiate and prepare for divorce; i) Tiger’s people try to convince us that Elin is just laying low, all the while, gearing up for today’s big announcement; and j) Everyone sits back quietly awaiting the inevitable: a media firestorm. Seems like that whole sequence might have taken a bit longer…at least the steps between “d” and “h.” But really, who could blame Elin?
Public embarrassment, the likes of which we mere mortals will fortunately never have to face, cannot be easy. Even with a trillion dollars in the bank, you cannot escape the watchful eyes of a critical public. I wouldn’t wish stealth paparazzi on even my worst enemy [actually, I would]. The fact that I am even blogging about these two people whom I have never, and likely will never meet, is testament to how far reaching public scrutiny and scorn can be. Seems the best path was to just rip off the band-aid and get it over with. But in the end I wish them both happiness and peace with their current and past decisions.
Elin will eventually settle back into a life of relative obscurity, whether in America or her native Sweden. Tiger will likely get his head together enough to get back into the swing of things on the golf course (pun intended). The kids join the ranks of millions of others who are from broken homes. Sounds pretty normal to me, albeit not ideal. It’s sad that Tiger’s inner demons and personal failings led to this outcome. However, I can’t help but assume that things weren’t great at home considering how adrift of his [probable] marriage vows he strayed.
I wish them peace and privacy as they all try to deal with their new lives. I bet things will quickly settle down in each of the many Woods-Nordegren households. That is, until Tiger decides to remarry. Yeah, just think about that for a minute. Whether he runs off with Rachel Uchitel next week or waits 20 years to find a new bride, the media will cover it with all the hysteria we have come to know…and love!
Elin's side of the story: http://www.comcast.net/articles/sports-golf/20100825/Tiger.Woods-Elin/