In an at-home interview marking her May 10 graduation with top honors from Rollins College, Nordegren tells PEOPLE that things are “really good” between her and her ex, who live just a 25-minute drive apart in southern Florida and see each other regularly as they share custody of daughter Sam, 6, and son Charlie, 5.
“I have moved on and I am in a good place,” Nordegren says. “My relationship with Tiger is centered around our children and we are doing really good – we really are – and I am so happy that is the case. He is a great father.”
Though devastated when Woods’s double life as a serial cheater – with at least a dozen women – unspooled in late 2009, Nordegren says that as a child of divorced parents herself, she never doubted that she and Woods would eventually find equilibrium. A psychology student, she went through intensive therapy at the time of the split and still checks in with her therapist every week to keep “working on myself.”
“In the beginning, you tamp down the animosity for the kids’ sake,” she says. “I’m not going to deny that I went through the wringer. But I don’t think I doubted we’d end up here. That was always my dream, that the kids can have two loving parents that show respect for each other. And I feel that’s what they have.”
For much more of PEOPLE’s interview – including a peek inside Nordegren’s gorgeous new home, new romance and new plans for her future – pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday