Superstar Tiger Woods and Swedish model Elin Nordegren made their divorce official on Monday, just nine months after reports leaked to the media that Woods had committed adultery on several occasions during their six-year marriage.
“We are sad that our marriage is over and we wish each other the very best for the future,” both Tiger and Elin said in a joint statement released to The Associated Press via their lawyers.
According to the AP, the divorce was finalized in Bay County Circuit Court in Panama City, Fla., by Judge Judy Pittman Biebel. The brief divorce hearing took only 10 minutes, which included Elin requesting that her maiden name be legalized for use, again.
Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, refused to comment to the AP when asked if his client reached a prenuptial agreement with his ex-wife.
Nordegren’s attorney team, which includes her twin sister Josefin Lonnborg, referred all media questions to the joint statement released.
“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,” the statement read. “The weeks and months ahead will not be easy for them as we adjust to a new family situation, which is why our privacy must be a principal concern.”
Woods and Nordegren have a 3-year-old daughter, Sam, and a 19-month-old son, Charlie. They both had to complete a four-hour course on “Parent Education and Family Stabilization.”
Tiger will play his first tournament as a single man since October 2004 at the Barclays this week. He needs a strong performance to prove he’s worthy of qualifying for the annual Ryder Cup tournament this summer. The world’s most famous golfer hasn’t won a tournament since winning the Australian Masters in November 2009, a month before his cheating scandal took over news headlines.