Lindsey Vonn of the USA wins the FIS World Cup women's giant slalom in Maribor, Slovenia. Photo Courtesy Jure Makovec/AFP/Getty Images
USA TODAY - Tiger Woods appears to be following the standard dating protocol with his rumored girlfriend, gold-medal skier Lindsey Vonn.
Early in the relationship: Pay for dinners and movies.
Later on: Go to slightly-nicer dinners, maybe surprise her with some roses.
Once you're comfortable: Send your private plane to Austria to fetch your new lady-friend after she suffers a season-ending knee injury in skiing's world championships.
He's playing it by the book.
Though Vonn has claimed she and Tiger are just friends, reports out of Europe say the golf superstar sent his private plane to fetch Vonn after she suffered a catastrophic knee injury on the slopes this week.
Ski Racing Magazine cites the Swiss newspaper Blick for the report.
Vonn reportedly caught the flight in Salzburg.
Late last month, Woods' spokesman declined comment on Tiger's relationship with Vonn. US Weekly recently quoted a source who said the pair had been dating for nine months.
Vonn crashed during Tuesday's super-G race and tore two ligaments in her knee. She will undergo surgery next week.
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