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Tiger wants Elin back but it's going to cost him

Tiger Woods’s career seems to divide fairly neatly into two halves: the years of global dominance and imperious sporting supremacy, and a slump in form and confidence as he made way for a new generation of golf stars. The dividing point seems to have been Tiger’s spectacular split from his wife Elin Nordegren.

Perhaps in some quixotic quest to rediscover the old glories, or more likely because he’s been looking at the photos and realising what he lost, Tiger is reportedly keen to effect a reconciliation.

According to that reliable source of tittle-tattle, the National Enquirer, the golfer has offered Elin a $200 million pre-nup contract to get back together. That’s something of an improvement on the $110 million settlement she secured when she divorced Woods back in 2009 after that unfortunate business with the four-iron and the erratic golf buggy.

Given that the divorce unearthed all kinds of ugly stories about Woods’s history of serial philandering, there may well be a fair way to go before the couple are back in each other’s arms. According to the report, Nordegren want an additional $350 million "no cheating" clause in the contract. Even for a man of Woods’s means that would be some inducement to keep his pants on.

A helpful friend provided some quotes. "Tiger didn’t even balk at the demand. Even though his accountants think he’s crazy, he’s ready to sign the pre-nup and set a wedding date. The guy has never recovered from being dumped by Elin. He’s dated a lot of models and bimbos but none of them were more than a one-night stand."

In truth his accountants might like to look at the bigger picture. A reunion with the fragrant Elin might encourage sponsors to take a new interest in the golfer, whose tarnished image has cost him some major sponsorship deals in the last four years.

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