Sparks didn’t fly when Tiger Woods met his wife Elin. According to a new biography of the golfer, Woods had to ask his future wife out five times before she accepted, and even then she wasn’t sure she wanted to go out with him.
“Elin Nordegren was not the type of young woman to date Tiger Woods, at least not at first,” reports Tiger: The Real Story by PEOPLE staff writer Steve Helling. “For one thing, she had a boyfriend at home in Sweden. He was a normal, decent guy, driving a forklift in a warehouse. If things worked out with him, her life would be safe and predictable, an option that Elin actually found extremely appealing.”
The book goes on to say, “Dating Tiger Woods would be just the opposite: paparazzi and tabloids would be around every corner, and Elin couldn’t bear the thought of such an invasion of privacy. Besides, she really didn’t find Tiger attractive; he simply wasn’t her type.”
After Elin refused to go out with Tiger, he started to become more persistent. This wasn’t a man used to being turned down.
“The challenge of the pursuit appealed to Tiger,” says the biography. “The more Elin declined, the more insistent Tiger became. On his fifth request, Elin finally agreed to go out with him, but only for one date. She knew he would keep asking her out until she said yes, so this would be the easiest way to get him off her back.”
Surprised She Liked Him
Tiger and Elin went to dinner and a movie, a surprisingly low-key date. On the couple’s second date, Elin was surprised to find that she liked him.
“For the first time, Elin didn’t feel that she was with a celebrity; she felt that she was out with a nice, normal guy,” according to the book. “She was surprised to be falling for him so quickly.”
Tiger and Elin married in 2004, after dating for nearly three years. Their first months were full of lavish gifts, love notes and casual date nights.
“I love the idea of growing old together,” Woods told PEOPLE after three months of marriage. “I want to continue to get closer.”