After weeks of deflecting questions about a rumored romance, golfer Greg Norman has confirmed that he and tennis legend Chris Evert are a couple. “We like to be with each other. We enjoy each other’s company immensely,” Norman told GOLF Magazine this week. “We share a very common bond with a lot of things in life. We are very close individually with each other and, looking forward, I hope that stays the same way.”
Norman, 51, and Evert, 52, have been seen together since October at sporting and charity events, and last week they were spotted holding hands over dinner in Sydney, Australia. Evert recently split from her husband and the father of her three children, former champion skier Andy Mill, who was best friends with Norman.
Mill told PEOPLE magazine last week that he wished the couple “great happiness.” But Paul Tejera, a Florida fishing guide and one of Mill’s best friends, told PEOPLE that the news of the relationship was a “shock.”
Earlier last year, Norman – known as the Great White Shark for his blond hair and swashbuckling style of play – parted with his wife of 25 years, Laura. They have yet to finalize their divorce and are believed to be negotiating over the golfer’s estimated $280 million fortune. The Normans have two grown children: a son, Gregory, and a daughter, Morgan Leigh, who is dating golf star Sergio Garcia.