Tuesday 17 October 2017

Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn have split - Vonn posts statement on Facebook... Tiger responds on his website

Tiger Woods and girlfriend Lindsey Vonn
Tiger Woods and girlfriend Lindsey Vonn
Tiger Woods with his son Charlie (2nd R), daughter Sam and girlfriend Lindsey Vonn

Doug Ferguson

The relationship between Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn is over, with both taking to social media to say they were parting ways.

But even in a breakup, they stuck together in the announcement.

Tiger Woods celebrates with his girlfriend Lindsey Vonn after defeating South Africa's Richard Sterne on the 18th hole at Muirfield Village GC to secure the President's Cup for the United States
Tiger Woods celebrates with his girlfriend Lindsey Vonn after defeating South Africa's Richard Sterne on the 18th hole at Muirfield Village GC to secure the President's Cup for the United States
Tiger Woods and girlfriend Lindsey Vonn during practice at Muirfield
Tiger Woods and his girlfriend Lindsey Vonn during practice at Muirfield
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08: Tiger Woods of the United States, his girlfriend Lindsey Vonn, son Charlie and daughter Sam look on during the Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: Lindsey Vonn walks the runway wearing Cynthia Rawley at Go Red For Women - The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection 2014 Show Made Possible By Macy's And SUBWAY Restaurants at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Lindsay Vonn. Photo: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

"After nearly three years together, Tiger and I have mutually decided to end our relationship," Vonn said Sunday on her Facebook page. "I will always cherish the memories that we've created together. Unfortunately, we both lead incredibly hectic lives that force us to spend a majority of our time apart. He and his beautiful family will always hold a special place in my heart."

Vonn, an Olympic ski champion, this year set the record for most World Cup titles.

"Lindsey and I have mutually decided to stop dating," Woods said on his website. "I have great admiration, respect and love for Lindsey and I'll always cherish our time together. She has been amazing with Sam and Charlie and my entire family. Unfortunately, we lead very hectic lives and are both competing in demanding sports. It's difficult to spend time together."

Both are divorced.

World Cup skier Lindsey Vonn (L) and golfer Tiger Woods (R) arrive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala benefit in honor of the museum’s latest exhibit, “Punk: Chaos to Couture ” May 6, 2013 in New York.
World Cup skier Lindsey Vonn (L) and golfer Tiger Woods (R) arrive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala benefit in honor of the museum’s latest exhibit, “Punk: Chaos to Couture ” May 6, 2013 in New York.
American World Cup alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn, the girlfriend of Tiger Woods, attends a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.
Olympic Skier Lindsey Vonn attends the 100th Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on May 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

They were last seen in public at the Masters, where Vonn accompanied Woods' children — 7-year-old daughter Sam, 6-year-old son Charlie — when they caddied for him in the Par 3 Tournament.

Woods was in Italy in January when Vonn broke the World Cup record, and he was photographed with a skeleton-pattern mask that when dropped revealed he was missing a tooth. Woods later said a videographer bumped into him and jarred it loose.

He also was in Colorado where she competed before a home crowd in February, right after Woods announced he was taking time away from golf because his game wasn't up to his standards. He shot an 82 in the Phoenix Open to miss the cut by 12 shots. He withdrew after 11 holes at Torrey Pines the following week with tightness in his back.

Vonn had become a regular at the majors when Woods played. She also was at the Hero World Challenge that he hosts in December in Orlando, Florida.

Rumors they were involved began during her knee injury in 2013 amid reports he had sent his plane for her. Given his demand for privacy, it was rare when Woods went public in March 2013 to announce they were dating.

It was accompanied by portraits of both on Facebook and his website. Woods said at Bay Hill that year he wanted to limit what he called the "stalkarazzi" and the "sleazy websites" that were following them.

Both have been recovering from injuries, and Vonn said recently on "Late Night with Seth Myers" that they've helped each other.

"He's been through a lot of injuries, and so have I," Vonn said. "It's nice to be in the gym with someone that knew what you were going through. And we kind of just pushed each other back to health."

That appearance led to an amusing exchange when Meyers asked if she had always been interested in golf. Vonn playfully squirmed in her seat before saying, "I love golf." It was pointed out that for Woods to attend a downhill event, the race would be much shorter than a round of golf.

"It's like five hours," Vonn said. "It's a long time."

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