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Tiger Woods ex-wife Elin Nordegren 'went through hell'

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Tiger Woods' ex-wife has said she never suspected him of cheating on her, and went "through hell" after finding out about his affairs.

In an interview with People magazine, Elin Nordegren denied claims that she had hit him with a golf club, and said she had tried to save their marriage.

Revelations about his affairs emerged after he crashed his car last November.

The golfer said he was sad about their divorce, which was finalised on Monday, and wished Ms Nordegren the best.

They had been married for six years.

In her interview with People, Ms Nordegren denied media allegations that she had hit the golfer when she found out about his affairs.

"There was never any violence inside or outside our home. The speculation that I would have used a golf club to hit him is just truly ridiculous," she said.

At the time of the crash, Mr Woods had said his wife had used a golf club to smash one of the car windows and get him out of the vehicle.

She told the magazine: "I did everything I could to get him out of the locked car. To think anything else is absolutely wrong."

'Embarrassed'

In a news conference on Wednesday, Mr Woods admitted that it was a sad time in their lives, and his mistakes had doomed their marriage.

"My actions certainly led us to this decision. I've certainly made a lot of errors in my life and that's something I'm going to have to live with," he told journalists in a pre-tournament briefing.

"You don't ever go into a marriage looking to get divorced. That's the thing - that's why it is sad. I wish her the best in everything."

Soon after the crash in November, several women came forward and claimed they had had affairs with Mr Woods.

In February, he publicly apologised and admitted that he had been unfaithful to Ms Nordegren, a former model.

"I'm so embarrassed that I never suspected - not a one," she said in the interview.

"For the past three-and-a-half years, when all this was going on, I was home a lot more with pregnancies, then the children and my school.

"I've been through hell. It's hard to think you have this life, and then all of a sudden - was it a lie?"

She also said she had "not watched one minute of golf".

Mr Woods also admitted his mind had not been on the golf.

"As far as my game and practising, that's been secondary. We're trying to get our kids situated to our new living conditions and how that's going to be," he said.

Ms Nordegren did not disclose details of the financial settlement in the divorce, but US media reports have suggested that she will receive more than $100m (£64.4m).

Mr Woods is the world's richest sportsman, though he lost the support of several major sponsors, including AT&T and Gatorade, following news of his affairs.

The couple married in October 2004 in Barbados and have a three-year-old daughter, Sam, and a 19-month-old son, Charlie.

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