Talk about steppin’ out—and falling flat. Tiger Woods made a smashing debut with new girlfriend Lindsey Vonn at a Met Gala after-party this week, reportedly tumbling up a small flight of stairs and leaving his date visibly embarrassed in the process. Onlookers suspected that alcohol was a factor—not that I’m judging: making the scene at 2am after the swankiest star-studded annual fete in New York, I’d be hittin’ the sauce too. And I’m not even the sporting world’s most prodigious (recent) serial philanderer, making my first significant public appearance with my new steady. As if Tiger didn’t hit the open bar to take the edge off that level of scrutiny. (Not that I feel at all bad for the guy.)
According to Us Weekly, it went down something like this: in the wee hours yesterday morning, Tiger and Lindsey made their way from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala red-carpet do (This year’s theme: punk rock! Did Tiger wear bondage trousers and a safety pin through his nose? No! He wore a tuxedo! And a straight tie!) to the after-party atop NYC’s Standard Hotel. There they brushed entourages with the likes of Leonardo Dicaprio, Anne “Haircut 100″ Hathaway, Chris “No Wife-ing” Brown, and Amanda Seyfried.
“Tiger looked uncomfortable,” a source told Us. The golfer and his ski-champ belle were seen getting affectionate and drinking casually, but casual apparently took a back seat to ill-at-ease when they hit the dancefloor. “[Woods] got up to o dance awkwardly,” writes Us, “bopping from side to side and grabbing Vonn’s butt affectionately as she giggled.”
The giggling may have subsided when it was time to go, however. Here’s the best bit: a witness claimed that “around 2 a.m., a seemingly tipsy Woods fell while walking up a small flight of stairs — and didn’t move from the spot until Vonn, clenching her teeth and looking embarrassed, helped him up and guided him (swaying a bit as he walked) to the exit, according to a witness.”
The New York Daily News has some great pics.
Can’t take him anywhere, eh Linds?
Well, with “couple debuts” like that, I can only imagine how much fun these two will be by next year’s Winter Olympics closing ceremony.