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Lindsey Vonn calls Tiger Woods the greatest of all time after Bridgestone

Lindsey Vonn Tiger WoodsTiger Woods put together one of the most dominating performances of his career when he won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational by seven strokes on Sunday. He certainly looked like the Tiger of old en route to his 79th PGA victory. Although, it was his fourth win of the season, so Woods was rounding back into form before that.

Tiger seems to have worked out most of the issues he was having with his game over the last several years, but most people will refuse to pronounce him officially “back” until he wins another major. His girlfriend Lindsey Vonn believes he’s the best ever with or without a 15th major championship.

Most people will continue to call Jack Nicklaus the greatest golfer of all time as long as his record of 18 major victories is safe. Woods could very will catch him, which would cause many to change or reconsider their stance. But for now, it’s nice to see that he has the full support of his significant other.

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Tiger Woods shares moment with son Charlie after Bridgestone win

Tiger Woods son CharlieTiger Woods has some superhuman abilities on the golf course, but he reminded us on Sunday that he is human and a family man.

After winning the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational by seven strokes over the weekend, Woods was met by young son Charlie, who hung on his father’s shoulders as the golfer walked off the course in Akron following his 79th career PGA Tour win.

“Sam’s been there when I’ve won tournaments, Charlie hasn’t been there yet, so this was his first time. I think it’s pretty special for both of us,” Woods said after his win.

“They always say, ‘Daddy, when are you going to win the tournament?’” Woods said Sunday, via PGATour.com. “It was a few years there, or a couple years, I hadn’t won anything in a while. Last couple years have been a little bit better, and they always want to know what place I’m in. ‘Are you leading or not?’ That’s always a stock question. ‘Not leading. Well, are you going to start leading?’ ‘Well, I’m trying.’

“This week was nice. I was able to get the lead and I held it, and it was awfully special for me to have him here to witness it because he understands it now. He understands when I make birdie, when I make par, and he understands the difference.”

Woods has two children with ex-wife Elin Nordegren. Daughter Sam was born in 2007, while Charlie was born in 2009. This was the first time the public has really seen Charlie with his father, and it was very cool.

Elin Nordegren reportedly feels Lindsey Vonn is a ‘good influence on Tiger Woods

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Another day, another conflicting gossip report about Elin Nordegren and how she feels about Tiger Woods’ relationship with Lindsey Vonn. Last month, a report claimed that Tiger’s ex-wife “hates” Vonn and everything about the gold medalist’s relationship with the father of her children. A new report indicates that quite the opposite is true.

According to the NY Post’s Page Six, Nordegren feels that dating Vonn has been good for Tiger. A source reportedly told the Post that Elin “really likes Lindsey and thinks she is a very good influence on Tiger.” The source also said Nordegren believes Woods is happy with Vonn and that Lindsey gets along well with the couple’s two children.

We can’t speak for the way Tiger’s life has been going off the golf course, but his game has certainly improved since he took his relationship with Vonn public. He has yet to capture a major since the sex scandal erupted, but Woods already has three wins this season and has shown signs of starting to look like the old Tiger again.

[Related: Lindsey Vonn says she would never get married again]

Either one of the two reports about the way Elin feels about Tiger’s new relationship is inaccurate, or she has come a long way over the past month. A previous report from the Post also stated that Vonn waited in a car for an hour while Tiger watched his daughter play baseball, which contradicts with the notion that she gets along well with Woods’ kids. Perhaps that relationship has also progressed.

It’s tough to differentiate truth from fiction with any of these gossip stories, but it’s certainly interesting to hear that Elin has allegedly gone from “hate” to “happy” in just over a month.

Lindsey Vonn: I am definitely not getting married again

Lindsey Vonn Tiger WoodsLindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods appear to be enjoying their relationship and doing a great job of ignoring what gossip magazines and tabloids are saying about them. That does not mean they will ever get past the dating phase.

During a recent interview with Vogue magazine, Vonn talked about how she made a mistake by mixing business with her personal life by marrying her former coach Thomas Vonn. While she said she does not regret that part of her life, she also said she has no interest in ever getting married again — to anyone.

“No, thanks!” Vonn said when asked if a second marriage is a possibility. “I am definitely not getting married. To anyone.”

Vonn’s first marriage nearly destroyed her relationship with her father and led her toward a serious battle with depression, so you can understand why she feels that way. Tiger’s first marriage ended with the most infamous sex scandal in sports history, so he probably is in no rush to say “I do” again at any point in the near future, either.

Maybe this is what makes it work. Vonn said that the media coverage of her relationship with Woods has been intrusive and that she has felt overshadowed by him at times, but the two still seem happy together. Taking marriage completely off the table might be one of the keys to their happiness.

Tiger Woods practicing with new driver, may not use one in British

Tiger WoodsTiger Woods was seen using a new driver during practice rounds at Muirfield prior to the British Open this week, and he may not even use one at all for the tournament.

Tiger has been using a Nike VR Tour driver for the past three years, but Golf Week says he was using a Nike VR_S Covert Tour driver in practice rounds this week. Golf Week says the VR_S driver is a fixed-loft driver (9.5 degree) without an adjustable hosel, and that the shaft is glued into the head in traditional fashion.

Even though Tiger was practicing with a new driver, he may not find a use for one this week. Woods says the course is playing fast similar to Hoylake in 2006, which he won.

“It is playing really fast, the golf course has got a bit of speed to it. It was pretty quick and I am sure they can get it really quick by the weekend,” Woods said this week.

“I used a lot of irons (at Hoylake). I hit one driver that week. This course is playing similar to that, it is quick. I’ve played three days now and I have only hit a couple of drivers here.”

Woods also says Jason Day didn’t even use a driver in practice when they played together, so that will be something to watch. It’s quite possible that many players just play irons throughout their rounds.

Lindsey Vonn: I’m more than just Tiger Woods’ girlfriend

Lindsey Vonn Tiger WoodsLindsey Vonn has made it clear on numerous occasions that she is very happy to be in a relationship with Tiger Woods, but that does not mean she never experiences frustration. In a rather candid interview with Bill Pennington of the New York Times on Friday, Vonn talked about how there have been times when she has felt overshadowed by the world’s No. 1 golfer.

“Some people seem to forget that I’m not just Tiger’s girlfriend,” Vonn said. “I’m actually a successful athlete. I’m Lindsey. I have my own career and my own life.”

Before she started dating Woods, Vonn was typically discussed in the context of being one of the best Olympic skiers in the world and a two-time gold medalist. Now, as she continues to rehab her knee and prepare for the 2014 Olympics in Russia, Vonn has rarely seen her face on the cover of a magazine without the word “Tiger” next to it.

Earlier this month, Vonn said the media coverage of her relationship with Tiger has been intrusive. She reiterated that on Friday, mentioning how she largely goes unnoticed when Woods is not alongside her.

“I can be normal by myself; no one notices me,” she said. “But wherever he’s around, we’re living in a fishbowl. I didn’t quite know what I was getting myself into. It’s weird. But it’s just something I have to deal with. He has his job, and I have mine. I just have to get used to it.”

While Vonn is obviously uncomfortable with some of the tabloids following her every move, she seems genuinely satisfied with the way her relationship has gone. In fact, she even used an interesting metaphor when talking about whether or not she and Tiger give each other advice about their respective sports.

“I don’t give him a lot of feedback about his golf game,” Vonn said. “We talk golf after his golf rounds, but mostly I listen. We really are normal in that way. Lots of people go home and talk to their wife or husband about their job. That’s what we do.”

Wife or husband? Why not girlfriend or boyfriend? Run, Tiger! Just kidding. Good for them.

H/T Twitter/Richard Deitsch

Tiger Woods caught flicking Rory McIlroy’s ear at US Open

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Tiger Woods showed a side of himself that we are not used to seeing at the US Open Champions Dinner on Tuesday. The event is supposed to be an enjoyable one, but most fans are accustomed to seeing a serious Tiger who rarely goofs around or has fun with other golfers. For a split second, that changed.

As you can see from the photo above that was posted on Reddit, cameras caught Woods flicking Rory McIlroy’s ear while he was being interviewed. I don’t have any stats in front of me, but I feel confident assuming that is the only time Tiger has ever flicked another golfer’s ear on camera.

Some people assumed Rory and Tiger didn’t like each other when McIlroy talked about kicking his ass at the Ryder Cup last year, but that is obviously not the case. Between the ear-flicking and the this comment from Tiger a couple of months ago, it’s obvious Nike’s two poster boys get along just fine.