Old habits die hard.
But it’s not what you’re thinking: That the notorious serial cheater is going to engage in the numerous and scandalous affairs that ended up destroying his marriage.
Instead, the 29-year-old is worried that he’ll go back to only one of his exes: former wife Elin Nordegren, now that she’s broken things off with her billionaire boyfriend.
Friends told The National ENQUIRER that Lindsey has now expressed concern that her golf pro beau is eyeing a reconciliation with the mother of his two children, Sam, 6, and Charlie, 5, in the wake of her split with coal mogul Christopher Cline.
(Notably, the parting occurred shortly after The ENQUIRER revealed the dark side of his empire, including four work-related deaths at his Illinois coal mine.)
“Elin grew tired of the relationship, not only because Christopher is under fire, but also because his head was so wrapped up in business she felt like a distant second place,” said a friend.
Since his headline-making divorce from the former Swedish model in 2009 — after more than a dozen women revealed the 38-year-old athlete had affairs with them — and a $110 million settlement later, they both moved on to new relationships and mended fences, even going on double dates, the magazine reports.
But now that Elin is single, Lindsey “really fears it’s only a matter of time until Tiger begs her to take him back,” a pal told The ENQUIRER.
“He took the high road and didn’t want to say anything bad about her,” said Peter Vonn.
But news of her romancing such a notorious womanizer left him laughing when the magazine mentioned the golfer’s name.
“Sure, of course, it’s always hard,” Peter said. “It’s never easy.”
Read more details of Tiger’s possible prowl for Elin in this weeks edition of The ENQUIRER, on newsstands everywhere.