Originally created 10/07/04

At last, Tiger, Elin get hitched



SANDY LANE BEACH, Barbados - Tiger Woods married Swedish model Elin Nordegren at an exclusive resort in Barbados during a sunset ceremony that reportedly cost $1.5 million.

The wedding, held in a white-netted pagoda decorated with red roses, took place Tuesday evening as the sun painted a spectacular array of colors across the sky.

"Elin and Tiger want to keep this as a family thing," the bride's father, Thomas Nordegren, told The Associated Press by telephone from the resort. "I'm sorry I can't give you any more information."

Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and Oprah Winfrey were among more than 120 guests seen by an Associated Press reporter perched on a hill overlooking the club house of the Sandy Lane resort and golf course, which went to extraordinary lengths to shield the ceremony from journalists.

A hotel source said that Woods rented the entire hotel, which has about 200 rooms.

The Barbados Daily Nation quoted unidentified sources as saying the event cost $1.5 million. Woods reportedly imported 500 red roses for the ceremony.

The rock group Hootie and the Blowfish performed, witnesses said, before fireworks lit the night along Barbados' west coast. The couple spent their wedding night on a yacht, which was named "Privacy."

As the sun rose Wednesday, a rainbow arched over the yacht and the couple sailed ashore on a skiff.

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 3 p.m. in a silver Rolls-Royce. At the reception, he cried after giving a speech.

Earlier in the day, the couple appeared to be adhering to the tradition of not seeing each other before taking their vows.

They refused to respond to reports of the wedding, and there was no official confirmation hours after the event.

Woods asked Nordegren to marry him in November 2003 at a game reserve in South Africa after he competed in the Presidents Cup.

Earlier this week, he declined to confirm the reports of an imminent wedding.

"All I can say is that I'm getting married in the future. I've narrowed it down to that," he said. "I think you guys would be the last people I'd ever tell."