Tiger Woods’ ex-wife Elin Nordegren, girlfriend Erica Herman, son Charlie, family reunion, PNC Championship

In what you’d think would be an awkward union, Tiger Woods’ ex-wife Elin Nordegren and his girlfriend Erica Herman got together at the PNC Championship to watch the golf legend play in a special tournament with his 11-year-old son Charlie.

The youngster has created plenty of headline with his efforts in Orlando, showing eerily similar attributes to his father with a club in hand.

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Charlie has mimicked his dad’s mannerisms — including Tiger’s famous club twirl — and is not short on skill either. He was blowing people’s minds on the course, playing some remarkable shots as he and his iconic father finished seventh in the father-son event.

It was a family affair in Florida as Tiger’s ex-wife Nordegren joined 13-year-old daughter Sam and the golfer’s current partner Herman to watch the action.

At least once all three could be seen standing together in a group as they showed their support for Charlie and Tiger.

It’s reportedly the first time Nordegren has been spotted publicly at a tournament Tiger was playing in since the 2009 Presidents Cup.

Tiger and Nordegren married in 2004, and had Charlie and Sam together, before they divorced when his cheating was exposed, the golfer alleged to have slept with more than 100 women while in a relationship with the Swedish model.

Nordegren famously chased the American megastar out of their house with a golf club in late 2009 when she found confirmation through text messages from other women on his phone, and he crashed his car into a tree.

Tiger and Nordegren got divorced in 2010 but are still in contact as they co-parent their children.

Tiger’s friend and Golf Channel analyst Notah Begay III told Golf.com at the PNC Championship: “It’s been incredible. You never know how a parent separation is going to affect the kids and both Tiger and Elin have made it such a huge priority to protect the interests of their kids and their privacy.

“Tiger talked about it yesterday in his post-round comments, making sure he takes the brunt of the media requests here, trying to make sure that both Sam and Charlie, from both Elin and Tiger, have a nice quality childhood like anybody else out there.

“I talked about Tiger being at all those soccer games and youth activities — well, Elin’s right there and right next to them. Co-parenting is a difficult task, and they’ve really done a wonderful job for their kids.”

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Tiger and Herman became official as a couple in 2017. She supported him in court when he was pinged for driving under the influence that year and was by his side when the 44-year-old recorded an incredible win at the 2019 Masters — his first major title in 11 years.

Meanwhile, Tiger admitted Charlie “pretty much carried me” as they shot back-to-back rounds of 62 at the PNC Championship to finish seventh, and was clearly moved by the chance to share the experience with his son.

“I don’t think words can describe it,” Woods said after the event. “Just the fact that we were able to have this experience together, Charlie and I, it’s memories for a lifetime.

“I’m proud of how he handled everything.

“It was incredibly special for us to have the opportunity to spend this quality time together, and they are memories Charlie and I will have for our entire lives.”

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Erica McAlpine: ‘Bats and Swallows’

Whatever the difference might be

to one who knows,

we couldn’t see

from where we stood in soft shadows

any signs that they were swallows

or bats. That there were wings

was without doubt;

you could see small pointed things

swooping out

into the gloaming—

and sometimes back.

One seemed almost iridescent

as I tried to track

its crescent

flight across the hill. The lack

of sound suggested

bats to me;

you strained to see if they nested

somewhere below the

terrace, having rested

your case on swallows.

We couldn’t be sure

either way—and so it follows

that neither of us knows.

But since it is in your nature

always to side one way

or the other, you hold

that they were swallows. I say

the question never gets old,

that either, or both, hold sway.

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California town invites Erica Kious to open new salon after Nancy Pelosi controversy

A top official in Placer County, Calif. sent a letter to San Francisco salon owner Erica Kious inviting her to open a salon there, after the owner was forced to shut her doors following a controversy with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The letter, written by Board of Supervisors Chair Bonnie Gore, was sent to Kious, owner of eSalon, Tuesday after Gore saw her appearance on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.”

“As an elected official, I am disheartened to hear about your recent experience in San Francisco with the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, at your salon,” Gore wrote in the letter, posted to her Facebook page.


“While you may already know your next destination, I would like to invite you to consider setting up your next salon here,” Gore wrote. “Our arms are open to hard-working small business owners.”

Last week, Placer County downgraded from the state’s most restrictive monitoring level to the second most restrictive, allowing more businesses and schools to open, including indoor dining at restaurants up to 25% capacity.

Fox News obtained surveillance video earlier this month of Pelosi visiting the salon for a hair wash and blowout, despite the fact that San Francisco salons were closed at the time due to the coronavirus pandemic. The video showed Pelosi walking through the interior of the salon without wearing a mask.

Salons in San Francisco had been closed since March and were only notified they could reopen on Sept. 1 for outdoor hairstyling services only.

The story prompted reaction from President Trump, who slammed Pelosi for not wearing a mask and following local coronavirus rules while “constantly lecturing everyone else.”

Pelosi dug in over the controversy and claimed that she was “set up” at the hair salon, which she said she had been to “over the years many times.”

Kious said she’s faced harsh blowback in light of the controversy.

“I started to just get a ton of phone calls, text messages, emails, all my Yelp reviews… saying that they hope I go under and that I fail,” she told “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “So just a lot of negativity towards my business.”


Kious said the negativity has made her hesitant to return to San Francisco, where she has lived for the past 15 years.

“I’m actually afraid to go back… It’s a little scary and sad,” she said. “I do have a lot of positive calls and text messages from clients. But other than that, nothing but negativity.”

However, a GoFundMe set up for her has raised over $300,000.


“I am very humbled and grateful to have received such an outpouring of kindness, empathy and generosity from people I don’t even know, and from all walks of life and all sides of the political spectrum,” she said. “It’s a powerful reminder that the common things that bind us all together as Americans are far more meaningful and lasting than political and ideological differences that get so much attention and focus.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report. 

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