Elin trumps Tiger with Florida mansion buy

Elin trumps Tiger with Florida mansion buy
Elin Nordegren, the ex-wife of Tiger Woods, has purchased a Florida beachfront mansion larger than the golf superstar's nearby island estate home, the Palm Beach Post reported Friday.

The newspaper said Nordegren, a 30-year-old Swedish former model who divorced Woods last August, spent $12.2 million for a 1,580 square metre (17,000-square foot) home built in 1932 with eight bedrooms in a gated community near North Palm Beach.

Last week, Woods said he was soon moving into a $60 million beachfront mansion at Jupiter Island, 15 kilometres north of his ex-wife’s new place, that is surrounded by a golf training area where he can work to improve his game.

Nordegren and the couple’s two children, three-year-old daughter Sam Alexis and two-year-old son Charlie Axel, are expected to move into their new home in the next few weeks.

The arrangement should allow their children to be exchanged easily. Woods stressed in a media blitz this week ahead of the launch of a new videogame bearing his name that he is greatly focused on his role as a single father.

Woods, a 14-time major champion chasing the all-time record of 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus, has not won since November of 2009, just before a car crash that unveiled his infidelity with multiple mistresses and made him a comedy punchline.

The sex scandal led to a five-month hiatus from golf for Woods and his eventual divorce as well as the end of most of the endorsement deals that made him the first billion-dollar pitchman-athlete.

Woods will try to snap his win drought next week at the Bay Hill Invitational, near the Orlando homes where each of them now reside.


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