Lindsey Vonn's and Tiger Woods' Careers Will Both Benefit from Relationship

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIMarch 12, 2017

Nov 23, 2012; Aspen, CO, USA; Lindsey Vonn (USA) addresses her recovery from a stomach illness and her plans to race against the men in Lake Louise during a press conference at the St Regis hotel in Aspen, Colorado. Mandatory Credit: Paul Bussi-USA TODAY Sports
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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:

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.

However, as Jen Christensen of CNN reports, the injury is a "career-delayer, not a career ender." Vonn took to social media again to indicate that she is now walking around on just one crutch rather than two, according to her Facebook.

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.

He had to grind through a 19-hole playoff in addition to the typical four rounds of play while nursing a torn ACL and two fractures in his leg.

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.

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.