It’s good to be Tiger Woods. Woods made his return to professional golf in 2018, and his 2019 Masters win proved he’s still at the top of his game.
In addition, his love life has also had remarkable improvement thanks to his girlfriend, Erica Herman. Woods and Herman began a romantic relationship nearly four years ago.
They met when she was an undergrad at UCF where she worked at a bar in Orlando, where Woods often came in as a patron.
In 2015, when Woods opened his restaurant, he hired her to direct operations. They reportedly became closer while working together, and they started dating in September of 2017, a few months after Woods’ arrest.
They were first pictured together at the Presidents Cup in New Jersey in 2017. At the tournament, Tiger Woods served as an assistant captain for the United States team, and Herman wore a badge reserved for the girlfriends and wives of players.
Since then, the pair have only grown closer, evident when Herman was by his side at the 2019 Masters.
Herman, a former restaurant manager, is reportedly now focusing on building a home with Woods. She is around ten years younger than Woods.
Herman and those close to Woods say the relationship is on the way to getting even more serious. “They live together at his house now,” a source close to the golfer told PEOPLE, referring to the Woods’ Jupiter, Fla. mansion.
Woods’ two kids, 11-year-old Charlie and 13-year-old daughter Sam are also supportive of the relationship. “The kids like her,” the source also added.
Tiger Woods’ Girlfriend & Her Relationship With His Ex-Wife
According to the source, Herman also gets along well with Tiger Woods’ ex-wife, Elin Nordegren.
“Elin has a friendly relationship with Erica,” the source said. “Tiger has come a long way and Elin acknowledges that. She is happy that he is dating Erica.”
Woods and Nordegren divorced in 2010 after a string of infidelities ruined their marriage.
“Elin put her own feelings aside to make sure the kids have a great relationship with their dad,” the source added. “They do a great job of co-parenting.”
As for other relationships, he dated American skier Lindsey Vonn for three years, which ended in May 2015. He has also been linked with various women, but things with Herman seem to be much more serious.