Vonn confirmed their relationship on Facebook, yesterday (Mar. 18). “I guess it wasn’t a well-kept secret but yes, I am dating Tiger Woods,” she said her official Facebook page. Woods also published a statement.
No sooner had Vonn made the announcement than she had her first run-in with Nordegren. Woods, 37, showed up with Vonn at daughter Samantha’s junior baseball game and Elin was in the stands.
To make matters worse, former mistress Devon James went public with scathing criticism of the relationship and warned that it’s only a matter of time before Woods starts cheating again.
You may recall, James was the half-crazed porn star who claimed Woods fathered her child. She said she had a two-and-a-half year affair with the golfer and also admitted she was arrested for prostitution in 2008.
“I thought he would have picked a woman who was more petite and not someone who is more muscular and has a bigger head than his,” said James. “But maybe his taste has changed since Elin and the 27 mistresses,” she told gossip site TMZ.
For the record there was never any proof Woods had 27 mistresses; the number was closer to 16 different women during his marriage to Elin. They were mostly porn stars, coffee shop waitresses, party girls, Vegas types and his next door neighbor.
During the encounter with Elin, the Olympic skier reportedly played dutiful girlfriend and cowered in Woods’ Mercedes for an hour, while Woods watched Samantha from the stands where his ex-wife was sitting. The encounter gave a brief rise to rumors that they might be reconciling, which may explain Vonn’s decision to go public.
“Our relationship evolved from a friendship into something more over these past few months and it has made me very happy,” she said on her Facebook post.
Vonn, 28, is reportedly recuperating from a knee injury on Woods’ luxury yacht, Privacy, near his Jupiter, Fla., home.
They have also been spotted together in Vail, Colo. Vonn split from husband of four years, Thomas Vonn, in Nov. 2011.