Elin Nordegren Woods: The Cost of Silence

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They say silence is golden. In this case, think Fort Knox golden.

We reported yesterday evening that the Tiger Woods divorce is final, or nearly final, and that his estranged wife Elin could receive a $750 million settlement.

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Today, additional sources say that while nothing has been officially filed, lawyers for both sides are close to reaching an agreement for "about $700 million."

That mammoth sum, which entails Elin Woods keep all details of Tiger's life and cheating scandal confidential, has grown as negotiations have progressed.

Elin has balked at the confidentiality clause, and thus driven up the price, not because she has a strong desire to tell all, but because it's a bargaining chip.

Smart woman.

HARD BARGAIN: Elin Woods sure is driving one.

While Tiges really does not want his wife to give any interviews or write a book about their life together, child custody has also been a contentious issue.

"Elin does not want Tiger to have female friends around when he has the children," a source tells People magazine. "She will not give in to anything less."

As far as who gets the kids when, Tiger has asked for one weekend a month, but with frequent golf travel, some flexibility may be required from both.

Instead of taking one weekend a month, he could have Sam and Charlie for a long stretch, then not again for a few months, dependent on his schedule.

For her part, Elin is tired of the media scrutiny and wants to relocate to Sweden, where she hails from and eventually wants the children to be educated.

She has an estate in the Stockholm archipelago complete with a beach, dock, sauna and four separate houses, near family and longtime school friends.

If Tiger agrees to that, she will also likely keep a second home in Jupiter, Fla., convenient to Woods's nearly completed $80 million Jupiter Island estate.

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