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2004 Tiger Woods marries Elin Nordegren, the Swedish former model and nanny to Jesper Parnevik's children, whom Tiger first met at the 2001 Open Championship. The marriage at the Sandy Lane resort in Barbados is estimated to cost $1.5m, and included entertainmebnt by Tiger's favourite band, Hootie and the Blowfish.
The marriage lasts less than six years, following revelations of marital infidelity, which first emerged after Tiger's car accident of November 27, 2009. The couple were divorced on August 23, 2010, with a reputed settlement somewhere north of $100m plus monthly child support to Elin.
1900 Harry Vardon wins the US Open at Chicago Golf Club, Illinois, by two shots from his great rival JH Taylor, who had beaten him into second place in the year's other major, the Open Championship at St Andrews. It is Vardon's first appearance in the US Open, and came during an exhibition tour he was making to promote Spalding's 'Vardon Flyer Ball' , made of gutta-percha and marked with 'pebbles' (small raised bumps) rather than the modern dimples.
Vardon should have won by a three-shot margin, but had an air-shot or 'whiff' on the final green, when he made a careless stroke at a very short putt and missed the ball altogether.
In winning the US Open, he became the first golfer to win two different major championships, having already won The Open in 1896, '98 and '99. He did not play again in the US open unitl 1913, losing a playoff to Francis Ouimet, and made his final appearance in 1920, when he was again runner-up, this time to Ted Ray.

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