Tiger Woods under pressure to go public about affairs

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London, January 21 (ANI): Tiger Woods' rival golfers are calling upon the star to go public about his extramarital affairs that shattered his marriage.

The World No.1 announced he was taking an indefinite break from professional golf after admitting infidelity following a scandal that linked him to as many as 18 mistresses.

Woods withdrew from public scene after the storm broke out and allegedly checked into a rehabilitation centre for sexual addiction in Mississippi.

The billionaire sportsman was recently reported to be planning a comeback with the Tavistock Cup in America in March.

But rival Geoff Ogilvy, 2006 US Open champion, feels Woods should publicly confront the controversy before hitting the greens to avoid other players from being disturbed by the tabloid media.

"Tiger should come out in public before - and not at - a golf tournament. He should come out away from the golf course," the Daily Express quoted Ogilvy as saying.

"One, out of respect for all the other players and, two, to defuse the circus part of it before he actually gets to a golf tournament. That would be the best thing for him and for every other player and for the tournament.

"I don't believe a lot of tournaments want all the tabloid media around. Then, when he came out to a golf tournament it would still be big and crazy but that tabloid edge may be gone.

"It's going to be big if he doesn't show in public until he gets to a tournament. It is going to be crazy. The first press conference he does is going to be the crazy one. A lot of people who have been afraid to ask questions for the past 10 or 12 years won't be quite as hesitant.

"Then there's going to be a lot of stuff going on inside the ropes - or even just outside the ropes - when he comes back. So it would probably not be ideal to have to play with him," Ogilvy added. (ANI)

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