Dozens Arriving for Apparent Woods Wedding


LANE BEACH, Barbados - Former NBA superstars Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley were among the dozens of guests that arrived at this Caribbean resort island Tuesday afternoon, where Tiger Woods reportedly is to marry his Swedish model fiancee.
Woods went scuba diving Tuesday off a yacht reported to hold Swedish fiancee Elin Nordegren while Barbados ritziest resort prepared white-netted pagodas for a celebration on the lawn overlooking the Caribbean. The 28-year-old golfer refuses to comment on the wedding rumors.
Nordegren, 24, reportedly was aboard the yacht Privacy, anchored off the Sandy Lane Hotel and Golf Club with guests reported to include Oprah Winfrey.
Jordan and Barkley arrived at the resort in a silver Mercedes Benz. An Associated Press reporter counted more than 120 guests entering the east wing of the hotels country club, where sources said the wedding ceremony would take place.
Nordegrens mother, Barbro Holmberg ' who is Swedens migration minister ' is away from the country until Monday and her spokesman said he doesnt know where she is.
The only helicopter charter company on the island said it was booked Tuesday amid reports that wedding organizers planned to take aerial shots of the ceremony ' and prevent any journalists from doing so. The resort was completely booked.
The idyllic island has been bristling with rumors of an imminent wedding since the weekend.
Sandy Lane employees were busily preparing for a celebration, setting up tables and chairs under white-netted pagodas on the lawn of the Green Monkey golf course clubhouse, where one source said Woods is scheduled to marry Nordegren late Tuesday afternoon.
The hillside location overlooks the ocean and is said to have spectacular sunsets.
Most in the former British colony have followed an inherited English tradition of discretion, protecting the privacy of their famous guest. Few would give details, and none would be quoted by name.
Nordegren met Woods three years ago at the British Open, when she was working as a nanny for Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik.
Woods asked Nordegren to marry him last December during a sunset walk at a game reserve in South Africa, where he was playing in the Presidents Cup.
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