2004: Newsmakers - Woods extends his honeymoon

Orlando, Fla.

Married life seems to agree with Tiger Woods.

Rather than teeing it up Oct. 21 at Walt Disney World – where he has made nine consecutive appearances, won twice and notched four additional top 10s – Woods extended his honeymoon.

Woods and Swedish model Elin Nordegren were married Oct. 5 in a private ceremony at a Barbados resort. The newlyweds then set out aboard their yacht Privacy for an extended Caribbean cruise, which briefly was interrupted by an incident in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The 155-foot Privacy, its crew and passengers were detained by the U.S. Coast Guard for several hours Oct. 14 when the vessel entered San Juan’s port without notice.

Since July 1, new U.S. Homeland Security Department regulations require many craft to submit an arrival notice at least four days before entering a U.S. port.

According to officials, the Privacy’s captain said he did not know that the new regulations applied to Puerto Rico, a U.S. Caribbean territory. The skipper said he stopped in San Juan to refuel. The Privacy, registered in the Cayman Islands, was allowed to refuel as immigration authorities spoke with those aboard, including Woods and Nordegren.

The Coast Guard’s captain of the port could have fined Woods up to $32,500, but a letter of warning was sent because the offense was Woods’ first, said Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Eric Willis.

“The yacht will be subject to a fine if it happens again,” Willis said. It was not clear where the yacht went after leaving Puerto Rico.

Woods has played Disney every year since he turned pro in late 1996. He won that year to qualify for the Tour Championship in just seven starts as a 20-year-old, and he won again in 1999 when he closed out the season with four consecutive victories.

Woods tied for second last year, four shots behind Vijay Singh.

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