One of sport’s most high-profile romantic relationships has ended with the news that former golf world number one Tiger Woods and Olympic skiing champion Lindsey Vonn have split.
Vonn, 30, who had been Woods’ girlfriend for almost three years, broke the news of their break-up on Facebook, claiming that it was a mutual decision and that she would “always cherish” the time she spent with him.
Woods also released a statement. Both cited the pressure of their busy schedules as a major reason behind the split.
“After nearly three years together, Tiger and I have mutually decided to end our relationship,” Vonn wrote on her Facebook page.
“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.
“He and his beautiful family will always hold a special place in my heart.”
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Woods said in his statement: “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.”
Woods was previously married to Elin Nordegren, but he and the Swedish model divorced in 2010 after a series of his extramarital affairs were discovered.