Tiger's gal pal, a fan since childhood?

March 23, 2011 at 4:44 PM ET

Katie Holmes reportedly had posters of Tom Cruise hanging in her bedroom; Alyse Lahti Johnston, who is reportedly Tiger Woods' new girlfriend, wasn't much different, Us Weekly reports.

When Johnston, now 22, was young, she would "draw good-luck pictures for Tiger before his tournaments,” her friend Stephen Burack told the magazine. Johnston's stepfather, an executive at IMG, which manages Woods, lived near the golfer in Windermere, Fla.

“They had photos in their house of their family with Tiger and other athletes," Burack continues "But Alyse never said she was interested in him.”

Things turned romantic recently, adds another friend: “They started dating around New Year’s Eve after seeing each other at one of her dad’s functions.”

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