10:11 AM EDT, March 19, 2013
Can Tiger be tamed? That's the question everyone's asking today after Tiger Woods went public about his relationship with new girlfriend, Lindsey Vonn.
Hoda Kotb from the Today show said, “Here’s the thing. I wonder if someone has a pattern like Tiger has had with these women. You think a guy like that can break that pattern?”
The couple confirmed they were dating on Facebook and Twitter with a series of lovey-dovey professionally-taken photos.
The athletes also posted separate statements.
Vonn, the Olympic skiing champ who looks strikingly similar to Wood's ex-wife, Elin Nordegren, said, "I guess it wasn't a well-kept secret but yes, I am dating Tiger Woods. Our relationship evolved from a friendship into something more over these past few months and it has made me very happy."
He told his followers, "Something nice that's happened off the course was meeting Lindsey Vonn. Lindsey and I have been friends for some time, but over the last few months we have become very close and are now dating."
Social media is exploding with reaction to the relationship and some of the comments posted on INSIDE EDITION’s Facebook page are kind of biting.
One Facebook fan said, "Once a cheat, always a cheat."
Another posted, "Don’t have much faith in the Tiger Woods/Lindsey Vonn relationship, but at least she's used to things going downhill quickly."
On INSIDE EDITION’s online poll, only 7% of viewers thought the relationship will last, while 71% said, “Not a chance”.
Even Woods’ former mistress number one, Rachel Uchitel, is weighing in, tweeting, "Everyone deserves a second chance."
But can he really be faithful to one woman after cheating on Elin Nordegren with no less than 14 known mistresses?
Relationship expert Dr. Wendy Walsh is the author of The 30-Day Love Detox.
Dr. Walsh said, "Sex addiction is a hard one to beat. He allegedly has a sex addiction. All human behavior can be shaped but it has to be shaped right here. Has he made the mental transformation? Does he still have the sense of entitlement that makes him think that he deserves all of these women?”
It certainly seems that Vonn is devoted to Woods already. The very day the couple went public with their relationship, Vonn was seen sitting in his car a full hour to avoid running into Wood's ex-wife, Elin Nordegren, at a baseball game where Woods' five-year-old daughter, Samantha, was playing.
Dr. Walsh said, "Lindsey is doing probably what every other woman would love to be doing, taming a bad boy. It’s usually not possible but a lot of women believe if they can turn a bad boy good, then somehow they're worthy.”