Simply the best! After years of scandal and ridicule, Tiger Woods finds victory and love in the arms of girlfriend Erica Herman

Tiger Woods celebrated his first victory in five years at the Tour Championship in Atlanta, Georgia, on Sunday with girlfriend Erica Herman


                            Simply the best! After years of scandal and ridicule, Tiger Woods finds victory and love in the arms of girlfriend Erica Herman

Golf legend Tiger Woods headed straight into his girlfriend's arms after a historic comeback Tour Championship victory on Sunday night. The former World Number One rushed over to the side of the 18th green amid cheers from his fans to find his 33-year-old lover, Erica Herman, a former restaurant manager at The Woods Jupiter, Florida. 

Woods hugged her, kissed her, and then reportedly whispered "I love you" into her ears before addressing the mass of spectators waiting for him.

After a series of setbacks from injury and controversy surrounding his DUI arrest in 2017, this was the 42-year-old ace's first victory in five years.

Woods wasn't shy about being affectionate with Herman, who has remained relatively guarded about their relationship since it went public in September 2017, and it is obvious that she has played an instrumental role in the athlete's comeback. Microphones followed Woods closely and captured him whispering as he buried his head in Herman's neck. "How about that? Mmmm... love you," he said before his girlfriend reciprocated with a peck on the lips.



 

The duo's relationship first made waves a year ago when she appeared alongside the golfer at the Presidents Cup in New Jersey on October 1, 2017, Daily Mail reports.

Two days after the event, Herman was seen beside him at a court in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, when he pleaded guilty to a reckless driving charge after authorities found him sleeping in an idling vehicle. Then, the pair was seen donning matching Dodgers jerseys in Los Angeles while attending the second game of the World Series. Also, while many missed the spectacle, Herman was seen with Woods and his children in September last year as they watched the New York US Open Men's Singles Semi-Finals and Final.

It was evident by December that Herman was getting close to the Woods' family as well as ex-wife Elin Nordegren after she was spotted spending time with his children on a beach in the Bahamas.

The ace golfer was shamed by mainstream media after several reports emerged of him cheating on his wife of six years. After splitting with his then-wife, Woods dated Olympic medalist Lindsey Vonn from 2012 to 2015, followed by stylist Kristin Smith from 2016 to 2017. 

Golfer Tiger Woods (C) leaves North County Courthouse October 27, 2017, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Woods pleaded guilty to a second-degree misdemeanor reckless driving charge (Getty Images)
Golfer Tiger Woods (C) leaves North County Courthouse October 27, 2017, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Woods pleaded guilty to a second-degree misdemeanor reckless driving charge (Getty Images)

On Sunday, a massive crowd ran up the fairway and swamped the 18th green to watch the former top seed clinch the podium finish as he sank the last putt of his round and won the FedEx Tour Championships, ending a long title drought. 

Woods started out with a three-shot lead and took just four holes to stretch the lead to five against Justin Rose. That said, it has been a rough couple of years for the champ, who battled a crippling back injury, four back surgeries, and dealt with the severe backlash from his DUI arrest before securing the landslide victory and a $10 million cash prize.

"It was a grind out there," Woods reportedly said during the trophy presentation. "I loved every bit of it."

Captain's assistant Tiger Woods of the U.S. Team and Erica Herman walk on the first hole during Sunday singles matches of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on October 1, 2017, in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Getty Images)
Captain's assistant Tiger Woods of the U.S. Team and Erica Herman walk on the first hole during Sunday singles matches of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on October 1, 2017, in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Getty Images)

Despite his run-ins with the law and suffering a major blow career-wise - ranking as low as 876th in the world rankings at one point - Woods made headlines all along. The golf star finished with a final round 71 and a two-stroke win over Billy Horschel. It was Woods’ first win since the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in 2013.

"I didn't want to get run over," Woods said, laughing. "All of a sudden it hit me that I was going to win the tournament. I started tearing up a little bit," Woods said. "I can't believe I pulled this off."