Tiger Woods needs to get his mind back in his game after breaking up with girlfriend Lindsey Vonn. But he’s struggling to do that, he admitted at a news conference on Tuesday at TPC Sawgrass in Florida ahead of The Players Championship.
Woods and Vonn announced their split in separate statements on Sunday. He said that this time of year was already a tough time for him because his father died nine years ago on May 3.
“This three-day window is really hard. I haven’t slept. It’s been these three days, May 3 and through the 5th,” he said, adding the time has been “just brutal on me, and then with obviously what happened on Sunday, it just adds to it.”
In a statement she posted on her Facebook page, Olympic skier Vonn said that after nearly three years together she and Woods had “mutually decided” to end their romance. It was the golfer’s first relationship since his marriage to Elin Nordegren imploded during a cheating scandal and subsequent divorce.
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“I will always cherish the memories that we've created together,” wrote Vonn. “Unfortunately, we both lead incredibly hectic lives that force us to spend a majority of our time apart. I will always admire and respect Tiger. He and his beautiful family will always hold a special place in my heart.”
Woods also expressed “great admiration, respect and love” for Vonn in a personal message he posted on his own website, TigerWoods.com. It began with a simple declaration: "Lindsey and I have mutually decided to stop dating.”