Tiger Woods in French Alps to watch Lindsey Vonn race

Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn at Val d'Isere
AFP
Tiger Woods (r) and girlfriend Lindsey Vonn were bundled up against the chill in Val d'Isere, France, on Friday.
By John Holmes
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz
While many of us spent Friday rushing to make our final preparations for Christmas Week, Tiger Woods was far from the madding crowds. The world No. 1 turned up in Val d'Isere, France, where girlfriend Lindsey Vonn is competing in this weekend's World Cup event.
 
Vonn has been spotted at several of Woods' tournaments since they confirmed they were a couple last spring, but this is the first time that Woods has attended one of her ski races. 
 
The high-profile couple was spotted in a cafe on the main drag of Val d'Isere, according to a story by the Agence France-Press wire service. Woods, wearing what AFP called a ''a dark puffa jacket buttoned to his chin and hood up, hands dug deep into the pockets,'' quickly returned to his hotel after he realized he'd been spotted by photographers.
 
On Thursday, Woods had hinted at his trip in an item on his blog saying that ''I'm going to put my clubs away for a while to spend more time with my kids and support my girlfriend Lindsey Vonn as she tries to prepare for the Sochi Olympics. '' He also empathized with Vonn as she attempts to come back from knee surgery after a major knee injury last spring.
 
''Having experienced reconstructive surgery on my knee and the ensuing rehab, and the amount of pain associated with it, it's really hard to explain to anybody unless you've been through it. And then coming back on it athletically, to trust that it's going to be there, that's a whole different ballgame,'' he wrote. ''I've had my share of experiences in that regard – unfortunately – but I think it helps her in a sense because she can bounce ideas off me about what to expect. It is a frustrating process and really difficult to go through.''
 
As far as Vonn getting all the way back into form for the Sochi Olympics, Woods said that he and Vonn are very hopeful. ''It all depends,'' he wrote, ''on how that knee is.''