The high-profile relationship between renowned skier Lindsey Vonn and legendary golfer Tiger Woods will benefit both prolific athletes' careers.
After all, it seems that Woods is already reaping the benefits of having a significant other in his life based on his play on the course as of late.
In his last two starts on the PGA Tour, Woods has emerged victorious, and his eighth career win at Bay Hill in the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday vaulted him back to No. 1 in the world rankings.
The Olympic gold medalist expressed her excitement for Woods on Twitter in a succinct way, but her reference was implicit:
Number 1 !!!!!!!!!!!!!— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) March 25, 2013
Unfortunately for the 28-year-old skier, she is on the mend after a severe crash in the Alpine Ski World Championships in Austria last month. The injuries Vonn suffered were a torn ACL, MCL and a fractured leg, and she had to be airlifted to a hospital.
Skiing is obviously a much more physically demanding sport than golf, but Woods has been through plenty of health trials and tribulations with his own legs. In fact, his last triumph in a major came at the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.
So if there's anyone who can provide inspiration for Vonn as she recovers, there aren't many better candidates than Woods.
What's great about this new kinship for Woods is that he appears to have changed for the better—at least on the surface. For Vonn to engage in a relationship with him, he would likely have to demonstrate that his troubled past of infidelity is behind him.
Woods has also not been as short with the media, as in years past, in recent weeks. While part of that could possibly be attributed to his budding friendship with candid Nike teammate Rory McIlroy, the influence of Vonn certainly can't be hurting.
Gary Smits of The Florida Times-Union documented how Woods opened up ahead of his most recent victory during the Wednesday press conference in Orlando.
Woods somewhat humorously explain the decision he and Vonn made to announce their relationship publicly due to the "stalk-a-razzi"—an alternative name for paparazzi that is sure to become part of the golf pop culture lexicon.
What transpired thereafter was truly unique, though. Woods described the most hurtful loss of his career, the 2006 Masters, the last major his father Earl would ever see him play:
That one hurt the most of any tournament that I have failed to win. I've lost tournaments before...but nothing like that, because I knew my dad would never live to see another major championship.
I pressed and I tried to make putts instead of just allowing it to happen. I tried to force it. I knew he was at home watching and just really wanted to have him be a part of one last major championship victory. And I didn't get it done.
This newly found stability in Woods' personal life with Vonn coupled with adequate recovery from injuries should only continue to spur his greatness on the golf course.
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Meanwhile, Vonn looks to be on the rise in her recuperation and has a role model in Woods to turn to as she fights through physical therapy.
Vonn will not likely be the best female skier in the world immediately after she hits the slopes, but she is now involved with a man who suffered through his own adversity—physical and mental—and was able to overcome it to ascend to the pinnacle of his sport once again.
It wouldn't be surprising at all to see Vonn reach the peak of the skiing mountaintop again, too.