A new biography reveals some shocking details about the relationship between Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren. Like the golf star wasn’t even liked by his future wife. Woods had to ask Nordegren out five times before she finally accepted. Even after this extended pre-copurtship, Elin wasn’t even sure she liked Woods. Steve Helling, a staff writer at People Magazine, wrote Tiger: The Real Story and reveals “Elin was not the type of young woman to date Tiger Woods, at least not at first. For one thing, she had a boyfriend at home in Sweden. He was a normal, decent guy, driving a forklift in a warehouse. If things worked out with him, her life would be safe and predictable, an option that Elin found extremely appealing.”
The book reveals the courtship period of the Elin-Tiger relationship, their marriage and the eventual scandal. Dating Tiger Woods, the book says, would be the opposite of her quaint and stable relationship with the forklift operator: “Paparazzi and tabloids would be around every corner, and Elin couldn’t bear the thought of such an invasion of privacy. Besides, she really didn’t find Tiger attractive; he simply wasn’t her type.”
Another revealing detail is that the golf legend got a friend to ask Nordegren out for him while working for pro golfer Jesper Parnevik. According to a source, “She thought it was so weird and pathetic. Of course she said no.”
Tiger grew more persistent each time Elin turned him down. The pro golfer was not one to be turned down and eventually Elin agreed to one casual date with him, reportedly to get him off her back. Elin came to like Tiger and began to feel that he was not a celebrity. She was surprised to be falling for him so quickly.
Another intriguing detail is how the couple got engaged. Elin and Tiger got engaged while on safari in South Africa. Apparently the pair wandered off and freaked out the ranger, who didn’t know where they had gone off to. When they returned, Elin was sporting a massive engagement ring. “The diamond was half as big as my finger.” The ranger said.