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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Lindsey Vonn Makes Golf News

Since skier Lindsey Vonn is Tiger's girlfriend -- and since Tiger was expected to skip several weeks of golf during the Sochi Olympics next month -- Lindsey's surprise announcement yesterday opened all kinds of possibilities.

Lindsey Vonn in action

In case you missed the news, here's a quick summary from this ESPN article:
Vonn tore two ligaments in her right knee during a high-speed crash at the world championships this past February, sidelining her for about 10 months. She retore her surgically repaired ACL in a training crash in November, a key setback. Then, after returning to competition in early December by finishing 40th, 11th and fifth in a set of World Cup races at Lake Louise, Alberta, Vonn sprained her MCL during a race last month at Val d'Isere, France.
Then, later in that same article:
After skiing in two downhills and a super-G at Lake Louise, Vonn sounded optimistic, declaring she would be in Sochi, "fighting for my medal."
But a couple of weeks later in France, during a downhill -- with Woods watching in the finish area -- Vonn lost her balance, sending her left ski into the air and forcing all her weight onto her right knee. She grimaced as she pulled up, then clutched her right knee.
[Her publicist, Lewis] Kay said Tuesday that an MRI after that episode "showed an MCL sprain, which coupled with the torn ACL has made it impossible to stabilize her knee and be ready to safely ski again next month."
So that's it. Lindsey will have surgery again soon and aim for a return at the 2015 World Championships in Colorado. (The article contains considerably more info and is well worth a read.)

And here's where Lindsey makes golf news. While it's clear that Tiger will be spending time with Lindsey and trying to help her recover, this has potentially changed his schedule. He had made no secret that he intended to be at the Sochi Olympics to support Lindsey; since she won't be there, it opens up three potential appearance dates for him, according to this Golfweek article:
  • Feb 6-9: The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
  • Feb 13-16: The Northern Trust Open
  • Feb 19-23: The WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
Will he actually add one or more of them to his schedule? Well, if the past is any indication, he typically plays the Accenture and he played the AT&T once in 2012. And I'd guess Lindsey would be a month or so past her surgery by then, so she may even push him to go play and get out of the house!

At the very least, we'll be seeing Lindsey at more golf tournaments as her recovery progresses. And one thing's for certain -- Tiger seems to play very well when Lindsey's around.

That could bode well for him in the majors this year. Very well indeed.

The photo came from this ABCNews article about Lindsey's announcement.

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