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Privacy played major role in Woods' wedding

By wire services
Published October 7, 2004

SANDY LANE BEACH, Barbados - A rainbow arching over their yacht greeted newlyweds Tiger Woods and Swedish bride Elin Nordegren on Wednesday, a day after the couple married in a lavish sunset ceremony that reportedly cost $1.5-million.

The couple came ashore after apparently spending their wedding night aboard the vessel, Privacy, which Reuters reported was a wedding gift from Woods to his new bride. They stayed largely out of public view after the ceremony, which was held in a white-netted pagoda decorated with red roses.

"Elin and Tiger want to keep this as a family thing," the bride's father, Thomas Nordegren, told the Associated Press by phone on Wednesday from the posh Barbados resort that hosted the ceremony. "I'm sorry I can't give you any more information."

As the couple came ashore, the California-born golf star was in swimming trunks and carrying a wet suit. The two were accompanied by the bride's identical twin, Josefin. Both women wore shorts and tank tops.

The Barbados Daily Nation reported the event cost $1.5-million. Woods reportedly imported 500 red roses for the ceremony.

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey and former NBA stars Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley were among more than 120 guests seen by an Associated Press reporter overlooking the clubhouse of the Sandy Lane resort and golf course, which went to extraordinary lengths to shield the ceremony from journalists.

Nordegren, 24, met Woods three years ago while she was the nanny to the children of Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik.

At the ceremony, Nordegren wore an off-white sleeveless gown, according to the witnesses, while Woods, 28, wore a beige suit.

Woods' father, Earl, arrived at the resort about three hours before the wedding in a silver Rolls-Royce. At the reception, he cried after giving a speech, witnesses said. Woods' mother was seen on the beach at the resort Wednesday.

The rock group Hootie and the Blowfish performed under a tent at the "19th hole," a garden area of the Green Monkey golf course, witnesses said. Then fireworks lit up the night sky along Barbados' west coast.

Parnevik, who introduced the couple, skipped the wedding to play in this week's Michelin Championship in Las Vegas.

"There's such a brouhaha around it, so I chose to play instead," Parnevik told Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet for Wednesday's editions. Parnevik said he and his wife "will celebrate Tiger and Elin later, a bit more privately."

But Parnevik said he already has the perfect wedding gift for them: "A specially edited DVD from the recording of Elin's bachelorette party."

SINGH SPEAKS ON WOODS: Vijay Singh has a theory about what ails Woods' game: He hasn't adapted his swing to the changes in his body.

"I think his body and his swing do not match like they did some four or five years ago," Singh said. "So he has to adjust that. I'm sure that once he figures that out, he'll be okay."

U.S. OPEN SITE PICKED: Congressional Country Club, site of Ernie Els' 1997 U.S. Open victory, will host the event again in 2011, the U.S. Golf Association said.

The Bethesda, Maryland, course has hosted five USGA championships, including the 1964 and 1997 U.S. Opens. Along with the 2011 event, the course was also chosen to host the 2009 U.S. Amateur.

LPGA QUALIFIER: In Venice, Seminole's Brittany Lincicome made a move, shooting 2-under-par 70 to move into a tie for 10th place after two rounds. She needs to finish in the top 30 to advance to the next round of qualifying for a spot on the tour.

[Last modified October 7, 2004, 00:30:24]

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