The identity of Tiger Woods’ new girlfriend appears to have been revealed after he was accompanied by Erica Herman during the Presidents Cup.
Woods wasn’t playing in the tournament—which saw United States golfers clash with a team made up of rivals from around the world—as he continues his comeback from a series of injuries and off-course problems.
Instead, the former world number one was one of the assistant captains for the United States at the event. Herman reportedly wore an official “players spouse” credential to access parts of the course only reserved for coaches, players and family members.
It has sparked rumours that Herman and Woods, who appeared very comfortable in each other’s company at the Presidents Cup, are an item. Woods himself has yet to confirm any official relationship.
Woods’ last relationship ended when he split from stylist Kristin Smith. He is thought to have embarked on a relationship with Herman after two months of single life.
Herman is the manager of one of Woods’ restaurants—The Woods—having been appointed earlier this year.
It would be the latest twist in the love life of the 14-time major winner, who split and was divorced from wife of six years Elin Nordegren in 2010 after high-profile alleged extra-marital scandals.
Since then, he has dated United States skier Lindsey Vonn.
It has been something of a tumultuous year for Woods; he has been sidelined for much of it because of ongoing injuries.
A tough year
The former world number one returned to the headlines for all the wrong reasons in June when footage emerged of him being arrested after being found asleep at the wheel of his car on a Florida, freeway. Subsequent video footage of his arrest was viewed by millions.
Woods was initially thought to be have been arrested for drink driving, but later revealed he had blown zero on the test. However, he was arrested for Driving Under Influence, something he blamed on taking regular medication incorrectly.
He immediately announced he would be seeking professional and medical assistance to get his medication back on track, and has since been on a programme. A toxicology report carried out on a urine test following his arrest has revealed that Woods’ body had five drugs found in it—Vicodin, Dilaudid, Xanax, Ambien and Tetrahydrocannabinol.
Four back surgeries, the most recent of which was in January, have kept Woods on and off the course for the last four years. But his most recent attempt at a comeback ended prematurely when he pulled out of an event in Dubai in February this year.
The 79-time PGA TOUR winner had only made a return to the game competitively in December 2016, promising his body had never felt as good in years.
The last of Woods’ 14 majors, a figure just four short of Jack Nicklaus’ all-time record, came more than nine years ago in the 2008 U.S. Open.
He won only 14 more tournaments since that U.S. Open success, but it is now almost four years since we last saw Woods earn a victory—the last one being the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in 2013.