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July 18, 2002
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Golf pro Tiger Woods swept this year’s Masters and US Open, all the while supported by his biggest fan, Swedish girlfriend, model Elin Nordegren. Though he’s had a low-key start at this year’s British Open, one thing the American sporting star can surely count on is his gorgeous lucky charm, who is once again rooting for him from the sidelines.

The striking 22-year-old has become a fixture at Tiger’s tournaments since he won her heart at the Williams World Challenge last year. Elin, a nanny for fellow pro golfer Jesper Parnevik, had ignored the sporting champ’s advances at first, but soon fell for his charms.

“Elin is exactly what Tiger needs to get stability in life,” said Jesper in a recent interview. “She’s mature for her age… and she has both feet on the ground.”

Though her stunning looks draw nearly as much attention as her millionaire boyfriend in the press, she insists: “I’m more than just a leggy blonde.” The daughter of a radio correspondent for Studio Ett and a political adviser to a Swedish minister, she studied psychology before joining Jesper and his family on tour as an au pair.

“Tiger will never, ever find a better girl than Elin,” says her friend Swedish photographer Bingo Rimer. “She's smart, beautiful, fresh, and she even enjoys golf.”

The inseparable pair has made little comment on the romance, though at the Masters, Tiger admitted: “Yeah, I’m happy.”

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Twenty-two-year-old Swedish model Elin Nordegren has become a fixture at her beau's tournamentsPhoto: © PA
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Looking like a Tiger on the prowl, the golf pro hacks out of the rough during the British OpenPhoto: © AFP

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