Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn are together in sickness and health

Apr 03, 2014, 02:15 IST | A Correspondent

While golfer speaks of his pain due to a back problem, girlfriend says she's frustrated with the rehabilitation process of her injured right knee

Couples in love ideally promise to be together in sickness and health. And ace golfer Tiger Woods and skiing champ girlfriend Lindsey Vonn seem to be doing just that.

Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn. Pic/Getty Images
Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn. Pic/Getty Images 

On Monday, Woods pulled out of the April 10-13 Augusta Masters due to a back injury for which he underwent an operation too. He spoke of his pain and disappointment at missing out on golf's premier tournament for the first time.

And a day earlier, Vonn spoke of her frustrating ongoing period of rehabilitation after rupturing a ligament in her right knee in February 2013 and then tearing it again while training at Copper Mountain (Colorado) in November after crashing at around 60 to 65 mph. Subsequently, she was forced to miss the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Winter Olympics missed
"I'm past the Olympics, but the pace of the rehab is frustrating. I want to throw around big weights. I want to feel myself getting stronger. Doing clamshells (exercises) with a Thera-Band is not an awesome training experience.

It's important, but I want to start working hard. It's hard to be motivated to do the small stuff," said Vonn (29), who has 59 World Cup wins under her belt.

Frustrating rehabilitation
Tiger has spoken of his frustration and rehab too. "It also looks like I'll be forced to miss several upcoming tournaments to focus on my rehabilitation and getting healthy. It's tough right now," said the 38-year-old 14-time Major winner.

But even as the couple are together in 'sickness', they're both looking forward to good health and remain optimistic about the future. "I'm looking forward to the world championships next year here at home (Beaver Creek, Ohio)," said Vonn.

"I'm absolutely optimistic about the future," said World No 1 Woods, who refuses to give up on his quest to break veteran Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 Majors.

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