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Tiger wedding talk heats up
by Associated Press

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) - Tiger Woods says he's planning a Caribbean vacation, but in Barbados reports of an imminent wedding to Swedish model Elin Nordegren are the talk of the island.

Newspapers in Barbados and Ireland have reported that two will marry early this week at the Sandy Lane luxury resort on the Caribbean island's west coast.

Hotel manager Wilbert Mason said he doesn't know of any plans for a wedding, though two sources who said they had direct knowledge of the event said it would be held Tuesday at the resort. They spoke on condition of anonymity.

Mark Steinberg, Woods' agent in Cleveland, Ohio, said Sunday that he had no comment. The hotel was fully booked until Friday; its room rates this time of year range from US$700 to US$8,000 a night, according to its Web site.

Nordegren arrived in Barbados last Monday with four other women including her twin sister, according to an airport employee who spoke on condition of anonymity.

On Sunday, two journalists said they spotted Nordegren riding an inflatable banana-shaped boat pulled by a jet ski.

Woods, 28, has just finished playing in the American Express Championship at the Mount Juliet Golf Course in Thomastown, Ireland. He finished ninth, and slipped to No. 3 in the world for the first time since May 1999.

In Ireland, Woods declined to confirm the newspaper reports, and when asked about a Caribbean vacation said only, "I'm ready to go diving. I'm ready to hop in that water and shoot some fish."

"All I can say is that I'm getting married in the future. I've narrowed it down to that," Woods told reporters. "I think you guys would be the last people I'd ever tell."

Nordegren was working as a nanny for Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik when she met Woods three years ago at the British Open.

Woods asked Nordegren to marry him last December during a sunset walk at a game reserve in South Africa, where he was playing in the Presidents Cup.

The ritzy Sandy Lane resort has hosted celebrities such as tennis star Serena Williams and fashion designer Donatella Versace.

The resort is owned by Irishmen J.P. McManus and Dermot Desmond, who are reportedly friends of Woods.

Resort managers have said previously that they hope to invite Woods to strike the first ball at the resort's new Green Monkey golf course, which has yet to officially open.


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