Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn announced in separate releases Sunday that they have ended their relationship of nearly three years.
The golfer and Olympic skier attended the Masters together, where Vonn accompanied Woods’ two children during the pre-tournament Par 3 Contest.
Both called the breakup mutual.
“I will always cherish the memories that we’ve created together,” said Vonn, an Olympic gold medalist who is the all-time wins leader in women’s World Cup Alpine skiing. “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 hold a special place in my heart.”
Vonn made her announcement via Facebook on Sunday afternoon. A short time later, Woods posted a statement on his website.
“I have great admiration, respect and love for Lindsey and I’ll always cherish our time together,” Woods said. “She has been amazing with Sam [daughter] and Charlie [son] and my entire family. Unfortunately, we lead very hectic lives and are both competing in demanding sports. It’s difficult to spend time together.”
Woods went to Europe in January to witness Vonn break the World Cup victory record and also did so in February when she competed in Colorado. He is returning to golf this week at the Players Championship after a 17th-place tie at the Masters last month in just his third start of the year.
Woods, who is divorced, announced via Facebook and Twitter in March 2013 that he and Vonn had been dating for several months. She also posted the news on her accounts. Woods said they did so at the time to avoid media stalking.
“I’ve had situations where it’s been very dangerous for my kids and the extent they’ll go to,” Woods said at the time. “We basically devalued their first photos.”