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Woods Wedding Is a Lavish Affair

From Associated Press

Tiger Woods married Swedish model Elin Nordegren on Tuesday at an exclusive resort in Barbados, according to witnesses. The sunset ceremony reportedly cost $1.5 million.

Oprah Winfrey and former NBA stars Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley were among more than 120 guests at the Sandy Lane resort and golf course, which went to extraordinary lengths to shield the ceremony from journalists.

For the record:

12:00 AM, Oct. 08, 2004 For The Record
Los Angeles Times Friday October 08, 2004 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 36 words Type of Material: Correction
Tiger Woods -- An article in Thursday’s Sports section about golfer Tiger Woods’ wedding in Barbados said Oprah Winfrey was among the guests. Her production company, Harpo, said she was not invited and did not attend.

Woods reportedly imported 500 red roses for the ceremony, and Hootie and the Blowfish performed, witnesses said.

Nordegren, 24, met Woods, 28, three years ago while she was the nanny to the children of Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik.

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Resort employees erected sheets of plywood and a crane hoisted large plants to try to block views of the event.

Woods’ precautions appeared to encompass hiring the island’s only helicopter charter company, which said it was booked solid Tuesday -- a move that prevented journalists and photographers from flying over the event.

A hotel source said Woods also rented out the entire hotel, which has about 200 rooms ranging in price from $700 to $8,000 a night.

Woods played in the American Express Championship last weekend in Ireland. He finished ninth, and slipped to No. 3 in the world for the first time since May 1999. Before he left Ireland, he declined to confirm the reports of an imminent wedding. “I think you guys would be the last people I’d ever tell,” Woods said to reporters.

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