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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Before Tiger Woods walked to the practice putting green adjacent to the first tee, his girlfriend Lindsey Vonn walked past the Big Oak Tree and headed down the hill to the first fairway.

Vonn, wearing a brace on her right knee under a tan sun dress with matching hat, was walking slowly but without a noticeable limp. The Olympic ski champ and Woods announced last month via Twitter and Facebook that they are dating.

It was unknown whether Vonn would made the trek to Augusta to watch her new beau make his run at a fifth green jacket, so her appearance drew notice on the first morning of the tournament.

Vonn shredded two ligaments in her right knee during a horrific crash in February. She had surgery two weeks later and is hoping to make a full recovery before the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

She and Woods have stayed out of the limelight during their brief relationship, except for the Facebook announcement that confirmed their pairing.

Vonn isn't the only star athlete watching her boyfriend play Augusta. Former No. 1 tennis player Caroline Wozniacki will be following Rory McIlroy at the Masters. On Wednesday, Wozniacki caddied for McIlroy in the Par-3 competition.

Contributing: Chris Chase

Before Tiger Woods walked to the practice putting green adjacent to the first tee, his girlfriend Lindsey Vonn walked past the Big Oak Tree and headed down the hill to the first fairway. VPC

PHOTOS: LINDSEY VONN AND TIGER WOODS

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