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Woods made the announcement through an annual letter posted on his official website, saying that he will put his clubs away for some time to be with his kids and Vonn, who is still trying to reach her competitive form in her bid to compete in Sochi.
The current No. 1 golfer in the world, who had his fair share of knee troubles in the past, said that having recovered from a major knee surgery before will put him in a good situation to boost the morale of Vonn as the Winter Olympic nears.
“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,” Woods said. “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.”
“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,” Woods added.
Vonn, who is the reigning Olympic downhill champion, underwent an ACL surgery after sustaining the devastating injury in February. The 29-year-old American skier underwent rigorous training last month, but she suffered another blow after sustaining a partial tear in the same knee.
Vonn decided to delay further surgery in her knee in order to have the opportunity to defend her title in Sochi next year. Talking about whether or not Vonn will reach her desired form in time for the Olympics, Woods sounded noncommittal.
“We’re very hopeful. It all depends on how that knee is,” Woods said.
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