Championship golfer Tiger Woods and Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn have ended their relationship after nearly three years of dating, the former couple announced separately Sunday night.
Vonn, 30, wrote on her Facebook page:
“After nearly three years together, Tiger and I have mutually decided to end our relationship. I will always cherish the memories that we’ve created together. Unfortunately, we both lead incredibly hectic lives that force us to spend a majority of our time apart. I will always admire and respect Tiger. He and his beautiful family will always hold a special place in my heart.”
While Woods, 39, took to his personal website:
“Lindsey and I have mutually decided to stop dating. I have great admiration, respect and love for Lindsey and I’ll always cherish our time together. She has been amazing with Sam and Charlie and my entire family. Unfortunately, we lead very hectic lives and are both competing in demanding sports. It’s difficult to spend time together.”
The couple first announced they were dating via a Facebook post in 2012:
“This season has been great so far and I’m happy with my wins at Torrey and Doral. Something nice that’s happened off the course was meeting Lindsey Vonn. Lindsey and I have been friends for some time, but over the last few months we have become very close and are now dating. We thank you for your support and for respecting our privacy. We want to continue our relationship, privately, as an ordinary couple and continue to compete as athletes.”
Since then, the two were frequently spotted at each others’ event.
As recently as last month, Vonn accompanied Woods to the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, where she was seen doting on Woods’ son, Charlie, and daughter, Sam.
In February, Woods supported Vonn after she crossed the finish of the Ladies’ Giant Slalom in Red Tail Stadium at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
He was also by her side at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women’s Downhill in December 2013 in Val d’Isere, France.
In July 2013, Vonn went with Woods to the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield.
They first made their debut as a couple at the Met Ball in May 2013, exactly one year ago today.
The relationship was Woods’ first since his many affairs were revealed in 2009.
Vonn filed for divorce in November 2011, according to TMZ, and it was finalised in January 2013.
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