Tiger Woods has been joined at the 2013 Masters by girlfriend Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn.
USA Today's Steve DiMigelio wrote, "Before Tiger Woods walked to the practice putting green adjacent to the first tee, his girlfriend Lindsey Vonn walked past the Big Oak Tree and headed down the hill to the first fairway."
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Things must be going well for the athletic couple, as Vonn is following Tiger on the course during Round 1 of the Masters today. The big question is what type of impact, if any, will the her attendance have on Tiger's performance at this year's first major?
ESPN's Bob Harig noted how Woods is once again the big story at Augusta National:
Woods is again the big story at the 77th Masters, having regained the No. 1 spot two weeks ago when he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational, his first time atop the rankings in 2½ years. He has won six times in a little more than a year and is looking like the kind of player who can add to his 14 major titles.
Through nine holes Thursday, Woods is two-under par, having posted birdies on hole Nos. 6 and 8. Additionally, the Nike man has yet to post anything worse than par in the First Round.
He's never opened up at Augusta National very strong, having only once shot lower than 70 in the opening round of the Masters. However, at least for the moment, Woods is on pace to improve that mark.
As if being at the Masters and following Tiger wasn't special enough, now fans (and TV viewers) will get plenty of time seeing Vonn as she trails Tiger (at least for today).
Oh, to be at Augusta National.
Maybe Vonn will decide to stick around and watch her new boyfriend compete for a fifth green jacket on Sunday?
In fact, Vonn may just be the lucky charm Tiger needs to snap his Masters skid.
The sports world best watch out if Woods claims his fifth Masters title this week, while being accompanied by the Olympic beauty. Woods and Vonn would easily become the biggest power couple in sports, if Tiger's sitting in Butler Cabin on Sunday evening.