PALM BEACH GARDENS — Golf pro Lee Westwood has settled his divorce with former wife Laurae at the 11th hour rather than go to trial in Palm Beach County court.
The proceedings had great potential to get ugly; Lee, 44, has racked up considerable assets. His net worth is about $65 million and is augmented by an income of $6.5 million per year from sponsorship deals.
The reasons cited for the dissolution of the marriage are still in dispute. Laurae claims that Lee cheated on her, but he has steadfastly denied these allegations.
The pair originally met in the 90s through Graham Wylie, owner of the Close House golf course and husband to the sister of Lee’s latest squeeze, 40-year old model Helen Storey. Lee and Helen were living together only a few months after the golfer split with Laurae in 2015, perhaps lending a measure of credence to Laurae’s claims that Lee was not truly committed to the marriage.
Lee and Laurae married in 1999 and have two adolescent children: Sam and Poppy. The family resided in Florida for five years prior to the separation.
The first inklings that Lee might settle came after he neglected to appear at a deposition with Laurae’s attorneys.
The Palm Beach County court ultimately dissolved the marriage on October 30th, with a final judgment reading: “The marriage of the parties is dissolved because the marriage is irretrievably broken, and each spouse is restored to the status of being single and unmarried.”
Lee has acknowledged in the press that his golf game has suffered amid all the personal turmoil.
“We know how mental golf is,” he said, “so there’s been a lot going on, which has affected me in the head.”
Laurae, 42, is a beauty therapist by trade. Presumably, she will not have to leap right back into the workforce following settlement with the wealthy golf pro!