The world’s foremost golfer, Tiger Woods, has announced that he’s in “a relationship” with one of the world’s best known skiers, U.S. Olympic Team alpine ski racer, Lindsey Vonn. The blond bomber, known sometimes as “The Don,” is one of only six women to win World Cup races in all five different types of downhill. No slouch, that Vonn.
If you’re thinking, “seriously, who puts out a press release to say they’re dating someone?”
Let’s put it this way: The news is so big that even the hefty New York Times has come out and opined.
“Woods and Vonn not only vault to the top of the list of sports couples in terms of lifetime professional achievements, but their relationship will also be a magnet for ceaseless news media attention just for its sizzle and startling inimitability,” noted the Gray Lady’s Bill Pennington.
Truer words and all that.
The two champs have enjoyed a “friendship for some time” but in recent months had blossomed into “something more,” according to a statement by Vonn. Rumors of the relationship began to spread in December. Vonn’s brother, Reed is a buddy of Woods’ having taught the duffer’s kids to ski at Vail.
The two haven’t always been that cozy. Back when Woods’ marital troubles and apparent sex addiction surfaced, Vonn openly made fun of him. During the 2010 Olympics, as Woods was making his public apology, this appeared in Time magazine:
And like millions of Americans, Vonn can’t help poking fun at Woods’ staged event. When a member of her Vonn-tourage tells her that Woods gave a few friends hugs after ending his statement, she cracks, “They’re like, ‘Yeah, you’re awesome, you go have that sex.’ The room breaks into a laugh. Then she describes a skit she would want to perform if asked to host Saturday Night Live: picture Vonn at Woods’ podium, blue backdrop and all. “There’s something you don’t know about me,” Vonn says in a faux solemn, apologetic voice. “Tiger, you’re like my idol, and I too have a sex problem.” More laughter. “That would be freaking funny.”
Ouch! But then, as they say, “love heals all wounds.”
The question now is Will Tiger stay faithful amid all the media scrutiny? And, more importantly, how big a check will Vonn demand if he does not? Remember Woods cut one to the tune of $750 million to Elin…
1975 – Born December 30. (Totally sucks to be born a Christmas—New Year’s “Tween.” Could Tiger have been compensating in later life?)
1978 – Tiger appears on the Mike “Douglass Show” (look it up, youngster) with Bob Hope (ditto)
1979 – Shoots a 48 over nine holes at the Navy GC in Cypress, Calif.
1981 — 1992 Wins a whole lot of youth gold tournaments; competes in his first PGA
1994 – Graduates high school
1996 – Drops out of Stanford to go pro
1998 – Makes No. 1 ranking
2000 – PGA “Player of the Year”
2001 – 2006 Wins a lot, pretends to drive a Buick
2004 – Marries smokin’ hot Swedish model Elin Nordegren
2007 – Sam, a daughter, is born
2008 – Charlie, a son, is born
Nov. 25, 2009 – Things start to fall apart for Tiger when the National Enquirer breaks the news that Tiger is having an affair. Mayhem ensues.
Nov. 27, 2009 – Two days after the story breaks, Tiger leaves home in his Cadillac escalade (hey, it’s GM!), comes back at 2:30 a.m. and runs over a fire hydrant, a tree and some hedges. “It’s a private matter,” his mouthpiece tells the press.
Dec. 2, 3009 – After US Weekly reports voicemail messages between Tiger and one of his mistresses, Tiger releases a statement to acknowledge some “transgressions.” The scope of those transgressions grows as more mistresses come forward. Sponsors begin to abandon the golf start in droves.
Feb. 19, 2010 – Tiger takes to the airwaves with his big mea culpa. (Essentially, “society made me what I am today…”)
Aug. 23, 2010 – Elin and Tiger Divorce
2010 – 2012 Goes through a post divorce slump. Wags says he can’t condentrate because his mind is on you-know-what.
2013 – The Tiger roars back for the big win at Torrey Pines
(Hat tip to Tiger Woods Timeline for some of the info above.)