People Magazine: Tiger Woods, Lindsey Vonn get ‘closer and closer’
First Tiger Woods reportedly loaned his private jet to an injured Lindsey Vonn [right], now comes a report from People Magazine that the two star athletes may becoming more than friends.
“Tiger and Lindsey have been friends for a while, and nothing started out romantically at all,” a source tells PEOPLE. “But they really have a lot in common and got closer and closer. He still refers to her as ‘my very good friend,’ but he’s been spending more and more time talking to her – and talking about her.”
Last month, Vonn’s reps kept mum about the rumored relationship, telling PEOPLE that her “focus is solely on competing and on defending her titles and thus she will not participate in any speculation surrounding her personal life at this time.”
But the source close to Woods tells PEOPLE that Woods, 37, and Vonn. 28, talk and text frequently.
“Tiger really does want a woman who he can have good conversations with,” he says. “He wants shared interests and outlooks. He is finding that with [Lindsey].”
Lindsey Vonn Boards Tiger Woods’ Jet After Skiing Injury
Tiger Woods; Lindsey Vonn Credit: Lester Cohen/WireImage.com; Jason Merritt/Getty
Tiger Woods still knows how to be a chivalrous gentleman. The divorced, scandal-prone golfer, 37, dispatched his private jet to an airport in Austria on Friday (Feb. 8). As photos at TMZ reveal, Woods’ friend Lindsey Vonn was seen boarding the aircraft to fly home to the U.S. to undergo several necessary surgeries. Vonn suffered two torn knee ligaments earlier this week after a nasty fall doing the super-G during the Alpine Ski World Championships.
Vonn’s posh ride home is the strongest evidence yet of a growing closeness between Woods and Olympic gold medalist Vonn, 28, who have been romantically linked after being spotted in Antigua in January and on the slopes in Austria last November. The blonde athlete — who divorced fellow skier Thomas Vonn last month after 11 years together — “will not participate in any speculation surrounding her personal life at this time,” she said in a statement last month.
Lindsey Vonn-Tiger Woods Relationship: Confirmed By Friends, Definitely Romantic
It was the private plane loan heard ’round the world.
After Lindsey Vonn suffered major injuries and was airlifted to a hospital at the Alpine World Championships in Austria, she got a lift from Tiger Woods.
Walking on crutches after tearing two ligaments in her right knee and fracturing her shin, the skier hopped aboard the golf legend’s private jet.
Is was a clear sign that the rumors of Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn dating are true, and now sources close to the pair are confirming it as well.
Says one close source:
“Tiger and Lindsey have been friends for a while, and nothing started out romantically at all. But they really have a lot in common and got closer and closer.”
“He still refers to her as ‘my very good friend,’ but he’s been spending more and more time thinking about her, and talking to her, and talking about her.”
Last month, Vonn’s reps tried to deflect the rumors, saying her “focus is solely on competing and on defending her titles” but offering no denials.
But another source says Tiger Woods, 37, and Lindsey Vonn, 28, talk and text frequently and while they’re taking it slow, it’s definitely romantic:
“Tiger really does want a woman who he can have good conversations with. He wants shared interests and outlooks. He is finding that with [Lindsey].”
Woods, of course, made international headlines in 2009 when he was linked to dozens of women while still married to his ex-wife, Elin Nordegren.
Since then, he has dated sporadically, and struggled to find his golf game as well as someone who wanted a relationship for the right reasons.