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Lindsey Vonn, Tiger Woods

Lindsey Vonn puts Presidents Cup squirrel on Tiger Woods’ shoulder

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Tiger Woods‘ determination and focus at major golf tournaments is well known, but Lindsey Vonn tried to lighten the mood at the Presidents Cup on Thursday.

Vonn took the now-famous baby squirrel, Sammy, from U.S. captain Davis Love III‘s pocket and placed it on her unsuspecting boyfriend’s shoulder during the opening day of matches at Muirfield Village.

Woods wasn’t having any of the fun and games, however, brushing it off.

The 14-time major champion had plenty of fun playing, though. He and Matt Kuchar logged a dominating 5 & 4 win over Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman, helping the U.S. to a one-point lead over the International team.

Woods and Kuchar also pulled off a “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” celebration during their Four-ball round.

Vonn headed to Minnesota on Friday, and she’s reportedly set to do an autograph appearance in Mt. Brighton, Mich., on Saturday at 10 a.m. Looks like she’ll be headed back to Ohio later Saturday, though.

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Vonn’s potential early return would impact Sochi schedule

Lindsey Vonn joins Tiger Woods at Presidents Cup (photos)

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How many non-golfers have gone to the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open, PGA Championship, Players Championship, Tour Championship and the Presidents Cup this year?

Lindsey Vonn is part of that exclusive club. It was widely believed Vonn was at the Presidents Cup when it was said she was in Ohio during a U.S. Olympic media summit video conference Wednesday.

This year’s event is being played at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio.

The speculation was confirmed with her appearance at the opening ceremonies Wednesday night and this photo posted on Vonn’s Instagram on Thursday morning:

Woods tees off at 12:41 p.m. Eastern time Thursday, playing with Matt Kuchar against Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman in the opening round of Four-ball matches.

Here are photos of Vonn from the opening ceremony:

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What Vonn’s potential early return means for Sochi Olympics

Lindsey Vonn considers returning one month earlier than expected

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Lindsey Vonn feels 100 percent physically and could return to competition later this month instead of late November, she told reporters at the U.S. Olympic media summit Wednesday.

There’s a chance she may race in the World Cup opener in Soelden, Austria, a giant slalom race on Oct. 26, Vonn said in a video conference from Ohio, where boyfriend Tiger Woods will play the Presidents Cup this week.

Vonn, who blew out her right knee at the World Championships on Feb. 5, had been expected to return Nov. 29, at the World Cup stop in Beaver Creek, Colo. She said she hasn’t pushed her knee to the maximum yet, but had “no doubt” it will hold up, according to reporters in Park City.

There was thought Vonn’s injury could limit her schedule at the Sochi Olympics to only speed events — downhill, super-G, super combined perhaps — where she would be a medal favorite if healthy.

But if she comes back for a technical event, a giant slalom, more than a month early, there’s reason to believe she could ski a full program at the Sochi Olympics. Vonn did all five events at the 2010 Olympics, winning gold in the downhill, bronze in the super-G and failing to finish the super combined, giant slalom and slalom.

However, Vonn told reporters at the media summit she doesn’t plan on skiing slalom this season.

Vonn has finished in the top seven in the giant slalom and slalom World Cup standings a combined two times in 10 seasons. All of her seven total Olympic and World Championship medals are from the downhill and super-G.

Vonn also criticized international ski officials, saying she was “not confident that safety is at the forefront of their minds.” There are already several injuries three weeks before the World Cup season starts. The reigning world champion in the downhill is expected to miss the Olympics.

Video: Vonn with Tiger Woods’ kids at Tour Championship