Don’t be like Lindsey Vonn & Tiger Woods


Tiger Woods & Lindsey Vonn, image from

Oh for cripes sake…I can barely believe this.

For anyone who’s ever felt like an idiot for dating the guy you knew was going to break your heart, just thank God you’re not Lindsey Vonn. Why else would the respectable, stunning Olympian not only date renowned philanderer Tiger Woods (that’s a whole ‘nother issue for a whole ‘nother day) but then admit it to the whole word on Facebook, as if she was proud of it? Some girls just never learn.

In case you’re thinking I’m having one on with you, yes, this is actually happening. The 37-year-old golf pro, who has become better known for his game with the ladies and less so for his game on the green,  has actually declared that he is “in a relationship” with Minnesota-born skier Vonn, 27, on the ol’ Facebook — to a combined audience of 6.5 million. Well that’s certainly going to suck when — and I say “when” because there’s no ifs, ands or buts about this one — they break up.

The only thing I’ll buy here is that Woods says they want to live “as an ordinary couple” — and that’s simply because, like many of us, they choose to display their relationship on Mark Zuckerberg‘s website of gratuitous self-promotion and voyeuristic sharing.

Woods made the announcement to his ‘friends’ (cough *fans*) today, writing on his page: “This season has been great so far and I’m happy with my wins at Torrey and Doral. 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. We thank you for your support and for respecting our privacy. We want to continue our relationship, privately, as an ordinary couple and continue to compete as athletes.”

He then posted a series of pictures which look like they were taken at Sears’ portrait studio of the couple looking happy and wearing light, bright colors. If they weren’t wearing jeans I might have thought Vonn was on her way to prom.

For her part, Vonn sounds over the moon. She wrote: “I guess it wasn’t a well-kept secret but yes, I am dating Tiger Woods. Our relationship evolved from a friendship into something more over these past few months and it has made me very happy. I don’t plan on addressing this further as I would like to keep that part of my life between us, my family and close friends. Thank you for understanding and your continued support! xo LV.”

Never mind the fact that her marriage to Thomas Vonn — a former Olympic skier who also happened to be her coach and manager (messy, that) recently ended, or that Tiger’s tale involves cheating on now-ex-wife Elin Nordegren with a plethora of homewreckers, but why the heck are they admitting it on Facebook?!

I’m all for the ‘in a relationship’ status change if you actually believe said relationship has a chance of lasting, and if you aren’t one of those nauseating couples that writes declarations of love back and forth to one another (“I love my boo-boo!” — “NO, I love my muffin-cake!”) only to have the relationship crash and burn months later. But for such a sensible girl, Lindsey Vonn sure is being an idiot here: not just to date Tiger, but to post about it in such a public form.

Does a Tiger change his stripes? I don’t know, but when his cheat sheet says he rumbled with 13 different women while married to a Swedish stunner, the odds aren’t good.

Between the two, they’re winners. Together, they have a total of 14 major golf championships, 76 PGA Tour victories, 2 Olympic medals and 4 overall World Cup titles.

But as a couple? Sorry Lindsey, but you’re chances of winning in the game of love when your partner happens to be a well-known cheater are very, very slim. You’re happy now, but will this man who can’t seem to keep his peg in his pants really make you happy in the long run? I hope you can accept defeat as gracefully as you can ski a black diamond.



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About the Author: Laura Schreffler is a former New York Daily News columnist who left the world of celebrity behind to focus on what makes her happiest — love and travel. She is the creator of — a website devoted to these two passions that she fondly calls “looking for love in all the right places.” In her spare time she likes to play matchmaker for her friends, dream about her next vacation and gaze at photographs of Taylor Kitsch. For more advice on love, relationships, and happiness, check out & her book "Internet Dating 101". And follow her here at Happiness Series with her weekly blog about finding love.

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