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Lindsey Vonn: Star Skier Improves Tiger Woods' Image

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IMarch 24, 2013

MARIBOR, SLOVENIA - JANUARY 26: (FRANCE OUT) Lindsey Vonn of the USA celebrates after taking 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Giant Slalom on January 26, 2013 in Maribor, Slovenia. (Photo by Stanko Gruden/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
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Lindsey Vonn is not only a star skier, she's widely respected throughout the sports world.

That's why she has the potential to boost Tiger Woods' image.

The couple announced they were in a relationship last week on Facebook. It's interesting because it combines a widely respected woman with a man who went through a nasty divorce with Elin Nordegren after admitting he had multiple affairs.

Not only has Woods' game been excellent this season, his image appears to be improving off the course. Considering the couple of tumultuous years Woods went through, this has to be a sigh of relief for the 14-time major champion.

Vonn has become the face of alpine skiing. She's appeared on The Today Show, Access Hollywood and The Late Show with David Letterman and delighted in the process. She comes with no complications, no drama and a world's admiration.

For those who say an athlete's personal life doesn't effect him on the playing field, Tiger Woods is enough of a counterargument to that theory. Yes, he endured injuries during 2010 and 2011, but it was clear that when he was on the course during that time, his head was elsewhere. He ranked 109th and 45th in putting (strokes gained) in 2010 and 2011, respectively (via PGATour.com)—that has nothing to do with injuries and everything to do with your composure.

Woods ranks sixth in putting this year. He already has two wins in four PGA Tour events and he's leading on Day 4 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational as of this writing. Not only does he have his game back, his head is in the right place as well.

Never underestimate the effects an athlete's personal life can have on his game. Woods was under a barrage of media reports during 2010 and 2011—for all the wrong reasons. His relationship with Vonn has generally been accepted well. It must be nice for him to feel at least a little comfortable off the course now.

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