Counting his blessings!
For Tiger Woods, it was a rare show of emotion. On March 9, while being introduced by his daughter, Sam, at his induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame, he broke down in tears as he thanked family and friends “who supported him in the darkest of times and celebrated the highest of times.”
Indeed, one year after his near-fatal car crash, the sports legend has made a miraculous comeback, including his return to competitive golf last December.
Now Woods, 46, has something else to celebrate: A source tells OK! that he’ll soon be walking down the aisle with his girlfriend of four years, Erica Herman.
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“He surprised her by popping the question during a physio appointment and even managed to get down on one knee,” spills the source. “He had the ring ready and everything — word is he spent a fortune on the biggest diamond he could find — and told her he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. Of course, she said yes in a heartbeat.”
The golf legend, who is still recovering from the horrific accident that nearly shattered his right leg, has every reason to feel blessed.
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“Three months in the hospital, multiple surgeries and all that excruciating therapy has made him realize how lucky he is to be here,” says a second insider. And after his marriage to Elin Nordegren — with whom he shares Sam, 14, and son Charlie, 13 — imploded in 2010 due to his multiple infidelities, the future looks bright again.
Herman, 38, “has been by his side throughout his ordeal, and he just feels it’s time to make things official,” shares the source, who says the couple is planning to tie the knot this summer at a resort in the Florida Keys. “Tiger is in such a great place and credits Erica for keeping him strong and happy.”