Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Woods went public with Vonn to 'devalue' paparazzi photos

Tiger Woods went public with the sports world's worst kept secret that he was dating Olympic ski champion Lindsey Vonn on Tuesday to discourage paparazzi looking to make a big buck.

The new high-powered sports couple — Woodsey to some simultaneously posted messages on their Facebook pages yesterday announcing that they were indeed a couple and dating. Woods included four studio photos of the himself and Vonn smiling like models in the well orchestrated announcement.


Woods, speaking at Bay Hill Club, said being chased by photographers presented a danger to his two children. He believes that by publishing his own pictures of him and his new girlfriend it would foil the paparazzi — who Woods called "stalkarazzi" — from hovering around the couple and trying to get that million-dollar shot.  By releasing his own pictures, the tabloids and "sleazy websites" would not be able to cash in on the lucrative first photos of the couple and would likely make it more worthwhile to pester other celebrities.

A pretty good idea with the PGA tour ready to start as well.

Woods announcement was the first confirmation from him that the two were dating although photos of Vonn being flown back to U.S. from Austria in his private jet after her skiing accident last month and shots of her boarding Woods' yacht last week have been circulating.

It is Woods' first announcement of a relationship since his wife divorced him in 2010.

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