Woods, whom the tabs have also recently linked with his ex-wife Elin Nordegren and who is renowned for jealously guarding his privacy, surprisingly went on Facebook and his website to announce officially the hook-up between golf’s once-and-future No. 1 and the Olympic gold medalist.
“This season has been great so far and I'm happy with my wins at Torrey and Doral,” Woods -- or whoever types out his FB posts (perhaps his tigerwoods.com content manager Mark Soltau) -- wrote. “Something nice that's happened off the course was meeting Lindsey Vonn. Lindsey and I have been friends for some time, but over the last few months we have become very close and are now dating.”
Our favorite part of Woods’ oh-so-public “Hello, world” redux was his request for the paparazzi to quit stalking the famous duo.
“We thank you for your support and for respecting our privacy,” Woods said. “We want to continue our relationship, privately, as an ordinary couple and continue to compete as athletes.”
Rumors have persisted for months that the two athletes were dating. Such speculation spiked when Woods sent his private plane to ferry Vonn back from Austria after her skiing accident in February.
Woods, by the way, may overtake Rory McIlroy -- whose coziness with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki has been all over Twitter for the past year or so -- in the world rankings later this week. A win Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational would be Woods’ second PGA Tour victory in a row, a successful defense of his 2012 Bay Hill title, and would bounce him up once again into golf’s top spot.