Elin, Kids Back Home; Is Divorce Now Or Never?

RadarOnline.com and TMZ.com reported late Tuesday that Elin Nordegren and her two children returned to Orlando on Tuesday night. Elin’s return comes perhaps not coincidentally with Woods in Jacksonville for The Players Championship this weekend.

Elin Nordegren Returns With Her Children To Orlando From Sweden

Scores of anonymously-sourced tabloid reports have Elin and Woods soon to divorce, with both having recently, reportedly consulted divorce attorneys. If that indeed is a possibility, it figures that a formal, legal separation agreement could begin to take shape in the next week.

Woods will probably play next at The Memorial on June 3-6 in Ohio, using the Jack Nicklaus signature event, where he is defending champ, as a tuneup for the U.S. Open on June 17-20 at Pebble Beach. So beginning Monday, perhaps Woods and Elin could be in close proximity for the first extended period of time since The Masters. (Three weeks.)

Might that be a window to negotiate a formal, legal separation?

If there’s no verifiable sign of that when Woods takes off for The Memorial, it’s not unreasonable to think that the couple won’t be legally and publicly separating for some time. To this day, neither party has given any indication publicly that the marriage is in serious jeopardy, so for all we know a divorce is not imminent.

There also a possibility that Elin could continue on with the marriage in name-only - like her in-laws Earl and Kultida did in their later years - in order to reach possible financial incentives as detailed in a pre- and/or post-nuptial agreement.

But if the fire is indeed out, with the sponsors who would’ve left Woods had he divorced most likely already departed, my guess is that the golfer will try to make the formal split official in short order.