Golfer Tom Watson Says Tiger Woods' Actions 'Bad For The Game'

Jan. 31 2010, Published 3:10 p.m. ET

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The fairways aren’t friendly! At least when you are Tiger Woods.

The serial philanderer has come in for some heavy criticism from golfing legend Tom Watson, who in an interview with a Kansas City television station, said Woods’ actions have been “bad for our game."

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"His golf is really secondary at this point," said Watson, one of the sport’s most revered figures.

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"From his standpoint and his family's standpoint, it's something he needs to get control of . . . and make some amends and show some humility to the public when he comes back."

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Watson said he expected Woods, who has taken a hiatus from pro golf, to return to the links "probably this year."

And his criticisms weren't limited to the controversy surrounding Woods's admission to cheating on his wife. The eight-time major winner also took exception to Woods's golf etiquette.

"His swearing and his club-throwing, that should end," Watson added.

"That's not part of what we want to project as far as the professional golf tour is concerned."

Woods' secret sex life started to emerge after a National Enquirer expose.

On Thanksgiving night, he totaled his SUV outside his Florida mansion under mysterious circumstances and later apologized for his "transgressions".



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