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Lindsey Vonn says Tiger Woods is an ‘amazing’ dad, calls his kids ‘great’

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Lindsey Vonn says she feels lucky to be part of the lives of Tiger Woods’ two children, and says that both the golfer and his kids are “amazing.”

Vonn made the comments praising the parenting skills of Woods and how impressed she is with daughter Sam, 7, and son Charlie, 6, while attending the New York premiere of “The Age of Adaline” Sunday night.

“They’re great. They’re amazing kids, and he’s an amazing father,” Vonn told PEOPLE. “You know, I feel privileged to be along for the ride, and I help as much as I can. They’re great kids — I love ’em.”

Vonn has become a significant person in the children’s lives, and it has been that way for some time, going all the way back to when she and Woods took them to school at the onset of their relationship and later escorting the kids around the course at the 2013 Tour Championship.

The Olympic hero also was present when Sam and Charlie joined their father on the course during practice at Augusta National as well as took part in the Masters Par-3 Contest, the first time he has participated in that event in years, a further indication that Woods is tremendously dedicated to his kids.

Vonn, who has been a near-constant presence at tournaments — to which Woods has responded in kind by supporting her at her events — has called Woods a “teddy bear” and once revealed he doesn’t even leave the seat up after after using the bathroom. She has also been known to vehemently defend her beau in the media.

Vonn and Woods remarkably have forged what by all appearances seems to be a very close, surprisingly private relationship. When whispers of the sports supercouple’s relationship first emerged — rumors the two publicly confirmed with joint announcements in March 2013 — many suspected it was nothing more than a fling of sorts, or alternatively something of a PR stunt, given how Woods was attempting to rehabilitate his image in the wake of his infidelity scandal and Vonn was coming off a divorce.

But now, over two years later, their relationship seems as strong as ever. And it appears Woods’ children may be the two biggest benefactors.

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