Lindsey Vonn had no problem pledging her support for new beau Tiger Woods on Sunday, just a few short moments after the beleaguered professional climbed back into the No. 1 spot on the World Golf Rankings (via USA Today).
Her message was short and to the point:
lindsey vonn @lindseyvonn
Number 1 !!!!!!!!!!!!!2013-3-25 17:58:41
Vonn had plenty of exclamation points in there to get the point across that Woods—golf's bad boy since the scandal that exposed some of his cheating exploits in 2009—is back in top form and is once again golf's most dangerous competitor on Sundays in major championships.
In fact, it looks like Vonn is loving her role as Woods' new good luck charm.
The couple made their relationship official last week (on Facebook, no less), and then asked for privacy as they dive into this next phase of their lives (via ESPN). Vonn, the 2010 Olympic gold medalist in the Winter games, is a winner who makes a natural pairing with Woods, who is no stranger to the podium himself.
The two sports stars appear to be in rare form already, as Vonn's tweet suggests. But skeptics remain—are Woods and Vonn really dating, or is this just a publicity stunt from Tiger's people, as he attempts to repair his image to what it was before the scandal with ex-wife Elin Nordegren?
Diana Falzone of Fox News reported as such after the news was announced. In the report there are some that question the validity of the relationship after everything Tiger has done over the past few years, noting that Woods stands to gain the most out of this pairing in the long run (if you don't include a mutual love, of course):
"Tiger Woods can definitely stand to benefit from this," said [Dorothy] Cascerceri. "If someone like Lindsey Vonn, who’s kind of a good girl, sweetie pie, is into him, and she’s giving him a second chance, then maybe people in the public will be willing to give him a second chance as well."
So far, that second chance has coincided with Woods' rise back to the top of the golfer rankings.
Tiger was already red-hot before the announcement, winning two of his first four tournaments on the year, starting his climb back to the top after Rory McIlroy walked off the course at the Honda Classic (via PGA.com).
Winning at Bay Hill over the weekend only further raises the possibility that being in a stable relationship—publicity stunt or not—is only good for Woods in the long run, with the major championships still on his schedule.
After the rankings were announced on Monday, Vonn was one of the first ones to congratulate her new boyfriend on his most recent success. The world-class skier is still recovering from an accident that required surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL, and she's out of commission for the foreseeable future.
It looks like Woods and Vonn are happy and trying to stay out of the public eye as much as possible, while supporting each other's attempts to return to greatness in their respective sports.
Woods has already set himself up for a poetic ending if his form comes back at the Masters next month, and Vonn will be one of his biggest supporters again in the event of another big win.
Let's hope the same will be said about Tiger when Vonn hits the slopes again.