Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn: Golf Star Reportedly Not Attending Sochi Games

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIINovember 10, 2013

Oct 3, 2013; Dublin, OH, USA; Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods watch from the 17th green during the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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Tiger Woods is reportedly not planning on attending the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, to support his girlfriend, skier Lindsey Vonn, who was a downhill gold medalist in 2010.

FoxSports.com, by way of the National Enquirer, reported late on Saturday that Woods is planning on competing in the Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona from Feb. 19 to 23. That collides with Vonn's slalom and giant slalom events, which are slated for Feb. 18 and 21.   

This is reportedly causing "nasty" arguments between the couple. Vonn's source of frustration is that she supported Woods at major tournaments throughout the 2013 season, and even at the recent Presidents Cup.

The 29-year-old skier is coming off a torn ACL, which is another reason why she reportedly is upset.

A source from the National Enquirer story explained how Vonn allegedly feels about the situation:

According to the Enquirer's source: “Lindsey told Tiger: ‘I supported you this season. Now, it’s your turn to support me in public. I’m not just your cheerleader — I’m a world-class athlete too!’”

The Fox Sports report alludes to several other outlets where Vonn has hinted at the possibility of Woods being unable to attend her events due to his jam-packed, season-long schedule.

However, no one in the top 100 in the FedEx Cup point standings played fewer events than Woods' 12 before the playoffs began other than Steve Stricker, who played in 10 tournaments.

Woods' status as the world No. 1, his level of skill and the draw he brings to venues at which he competes afford him the luxury to take more time off than the majority of PGA Tour players.

Health is playing more of a factor into the 37-year-old Woods' schedule as his career progresses. A strained left elbow held him out of the AT&T National last season—the event Woods himself hosts.

It might behoove him to take the time off as it is, while supporting Vonn in the process, especially if she is indeed upset over it, as the Enquirer's report suggests.

The 14-time major winner didn't tee it up in competition between the U.S. Open and the Open Championship, so skipping out on an event so early in the season won't hurt his playoff prospects or his major preparation too much.

GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 15:  Tiger Woods of the United States smiles alongside skier Lindsey Vonn ahead of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 15, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Then again, Woods is as competitive as they come, and that is what makes the annual match play event unique; it is a series of one-on-one battles with many of the world's best golfers.

It remains to be seen if there is truly any tension between the couple concerning Woods' attendance in Sochi, but it appears that he is set on getting off to a strong start in the current campaign.