Tiger Woods has a new girlfriend – Olympic ski champ Lindsey Vonn.
The divorced golf star announced on his Facebook page that "over the last few months" he and Vonn had become "very close and are now dating."
Vonn also confirmed the relationship on Facebook. "I guess it wasn't a well-kept secret but yes, I am dating Tiger Woods," she wrote.
Besides the statements, the couple shared what appear to be professional photographs of them smiling together. Woods said that they want to "continue our relationship, privately, as an ordinary couple and continue to compete as athletes."
Vonn added that she is very "happy" over the way her relationship has evolved and would like to "keep that part of my life between us, my family and close friends."
The pro athlete pair had been rumored to be an item since they were spotted skiing together in Austria in November, according to Us Weekly.
Last month Woods reportedly flew Vonn home on his private jet after she crashed during the super-G at world championships in Austria. Vonn tore two ligaments in her right knee and broke a bone in her lower leg in that crash, but she has since vowed to compete in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Vonn and Thomas Vonn, her former husband of more than four years and former coach, began divorce proceedings in November 2011.
Woods was formerly the world's number one golfer but has struggled on the links in the aftermath of a 2009 cheating scandal that led to his divorce from wife Elin Nordegren the following year.
He has lately been on the upswing, winning five times at PGA Tour events in the last year, more than anyone else, according to The Associated Press.
"I felt that toward the end of last year that I was heading that direction, where things were becoming better," Woods said last week. "That gave me so much confidence heading into the offseason that I was heading in the right direction."
Here is Woods’ full Facebook message:
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.
Here is Vonn's full Facebook message:
I guess it wasn't a well-kept secret but yes, I am dating Tiger Woods. Our relationship evolved from a friendship into something more over these past few months and it has made me very happy. I don't plan on addressing this further as I would like to keep that part of my life between us, my family and close friends. Thank you for understanding and your continued support! xo LV