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Tiger Woods-Elin Woods divorce becomes final

Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren officially divorced Monday, nine months after his middle-of-the night car crash outside their home set off shocking revelations that the world's most famous athlete had been cheating on her through multiple affairs.

"We are sad that our marriage is over and we wish each other the very best for the future," Woods and Nordegren said in a joint statement released by their lawyers.

The divorce was granted in Bay County Circuit Court in Panama City, Fla., about 375 miles from their Isleworth home outside Orlando. The couple married in October 2004 in Barbados. They have a 3-year-old daughter, Sam, and a 19-month-old son, Charlie.

The marriage was described in court documents as "irretrievably broken" with no point in trying to reconcile. Terms of the divorce were not disclosed, except that they will "share parenting" of their two children.

The divorce was finalized by Bay County Circuit Judge Judy Pittman Biebel during a brief hearing in a conference room in her chambers, according to Biebel's judicial assistant Kim Gibson. The hearing lasted no more than 10 minutes. Woods and Nordegren were present, along with their lawyers, Gibson said.

"I don't comment on active cases," Thomas Sasser, Woods' divorce attorney, said. When asked why they chose to file in Panama City, Sasser said it was a joint decision by the lawyers.

Nordegren's attorneys - which included her twin sister, London-based Josefin Lonnborg - referred all questions to the statement.

Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, declined comment on terms of the settlement or if the couple had a prenuptial agreement. "We're not commenting beyond what was in the release," he said.

The Swedish-born Nordegren asked to have her maiden name restored.

The couple signed a settlement agreement on July 3-4, the weekend of the AT&T National outside Philadelphia, where Woods failed to break par in a PGA Tour event for the first time in 11 years.

The sex scandal cost Woods three major corporate sponsors - Accenture, AT&T and Gatorade - and he lost his image as the gold standard in sports endorsements. A month after the scandal became public, Woods spent two months in therapy at a Mississippi clinic.

Woods has won 82 times worldwide -- 36 times and six majors while married -- in his professional career. His last victory came at the Australian Masters on Nov. 15, his last trip before his serial infidelity was uncovered.

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