C.J.: Being with Tiger is worth being ignored, but it's an adjustment for Vonn

  • Article by: C.J. , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 17, 2013 - 8:21 PM
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Skier Lindsey Vonn applauds as she watches Tiger Woods during the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Lindsey Vonn is adjusting to the relative anonymity of being Tiger Woods’ woman.

In a New York Times story Friday, writer Bill Pennington began the piece by mentioning how Vonn went “largely unnoticed” as she sat on a wall 20 yards from where Woods teed off at the U.S. Open 2013.

“I can be normal by myself; no one notices me. But whenever he’s around, we’re living in a fishbowl,” Vonn tells the NYT. “I didn’t quite know what I was getting myself into. It’s weird. But it’s just something I have to deal with. He has his job, and I have mine. I just have to get used to it.”

Somebody should remind her she’s DATING TIGER WOODS! This romance is doomed if Vonn can’t come to terms with the fact that there are way more golf fans than there are in skiing fandom.

To wit: “Some people seem to forget that I’m not just Tiger’s girlfriend,” Vonn told the NYT.

“I’m actually a successful athlete. I’m Lindsey. I have my own career and my own life.”

Pennington must have caught Vonn on one of her rehabbing blues days, although she’s walking without a limp or brace as she rehabs her surgically repaired knee, which she hopes to put in skis in early September. That “would be more than a month ahead of the recovery schedule announced after her tumbling, violent crash in a race four months ago. … She [has] no doubt she would defend her Olympic downhill title in February at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, an event she expects Woods to attend.”

As for the fact that the fishbowl had made her life complicated, “It’s worth it.” Vonn repeatedly told Pennington: “I’m very happy. Things are great.”

She’s committed, too. “I’m at a golf tournament, aren’t I? When was I ever at golf tournaments before? I kind of like him; can you tell?”

Woods had a crappy Open, finishing 13th. Bleacherreport.com mentioned “focus” among the reasons Woods faltered but did not blame Vonn for that lack of tunnel vision. But that’ll come if his play continues to slide.

Maybe a red golf shirt with a “This champion ski bum is on Tiger’s tail!” message will do the trick when Vonn wants attention. Of course, it’s only a matter of time before the pride of Burnsville will start whining about Woods’ fans paying her too much attention when she’s alone.

While I’m all for women having careers as big as their men, Woods has never seemed that interested in women with strong public profiles, so Vonn needs to cool the insecure rhetoric because she can always be replaced by an ambitious nanny.

Kim and Kanye’s baby

It was too much to expect Kris Humphries to tweet congratulations to his tormentor and ex-wife, Kim Kardashinan, on the birth of her baby girl with Kanye West.

Humphries is probably at one of his homes singing Gladys Knight & the Pips’ “It Should Have Been Me” in the mirror.

Beyoncé has issued a statement: “Congratulations Kim & Kanye, enjoy this beautiful moment together - Beyoncé.”

Now prepare for the Beyoncéficiation of this newborn with the release of the vitals being delayed as long as possible (unless, more likely, this information has already been purchased by a magazine).

Belfasttelegraph.com claims there’s online betting over the baby’s name.

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