Tiger Woods: Could a New Relationship Get Him Back on Top of the PGA Rankings?
Tiger Woods is looking to put his divorce behind him and get his PGA career back on track in 2011. After falling from atop the World Rankings, Woods has been reportedly dating a woman who has also had her fair share of issues in the past.
The former No. 1 golfer in the world is rumored to be dating 22-year-old Alyse Lahti Johnston. She is the stepdaughter of Alastair Johnston, who the former vice-chairman of IMG, where he was the brains behind Woods' $60 million contract with Nike in 1996. For those keeping track, Alyse was just seven years old at the time of that mega-deal.
She is also the daughter of former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jeff Lahti, although he has five kids with his current wife. Lahti remarried after breaking up with Alyse's mother.
Don Kaplan of the New York Post is saying, "The happy couple has reportedly been together for several weeks."
It is being speculated that Johnston introduced his stepdaughter to Woods, who is now 35, according to Terez Owens, although it is not clear exactly when they first met.
Kaplan also reported, "The pair was spotted last week cruising on Woods' 155-foot yacht, Privacy, which docks in North Palm Beach—near where Johnston is believed to be seeking an MBA at the Florida campus of Northwood University."
Much like Woods, Johnston has had her run-ins over the past year or two. She was detained for suspicion of DUI last October, near her stepfather's home in Windermere, Florida.
That just happens to also be where Woods resides. She was only charged with reckless driving when the case went to court this past December.
Johnston is reportedly training for a career in the LPGA while also earning her MBA. There may nothing more to this story than Woods taking on the role of her coach as she also looks to make it big one day on the golf course.
As of now, everything is pure rumor. Neither Woods nor Johnston has confirmed or denied any of the recent reports.
But if Woods begins to play better, it may just be what was needed to help him get his own career—and life—back on the right path.
For more on the professional career of the former No. 1 golfer in the world, make sure to check out Bleacher Report Featured Writer Kathy Bissell, who takes a look at Tiger Woods: When Will He Win His First Tournament of the Year?
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