Norman feels sorry for fallen Woods

Sun Apr 12, 2015 1:16am EDT
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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former world number one Greg Norman has said he feels sorry for Tiger Woods' position as a fallen idol but believes the American's travails showed even the greatest individuals would have their "weaknesses" exposed.

In an interview published by News Ltd media, Norman also said golf needed to do more in the anti-doping fight and expressed doubt that the game's re-introduction at next year's Rio Olympics might do much for the sport.

Norman, who swapped the world number one ranking with Woods several times in the late 1990s, suggested the 14-times major champion went "off the rails" after the death of his father Earl in 2006, and had lacked a firm hand to guide him.

"You do need somebody to slap you across the face, and realign you," said the 60-year-old Australian.

"You don’t need your minders to say 'It’s OK, do whatever you want to do, we will cover up for you'.

"Unfortunately it shows you no matter how great an individual you become, our weaknesses get exposed."

Following revelations of extra-marital affairs in 2009, Woods has suffered a string of injuries and is currently competing at the U.S. Masters ranked 111th in the world, his lowest ranking in over 20 years.

"I do feel sorry for Tiger, where he’s sitting at the moment. I hate seeing someone who, at the pinnacle, can fall off and look so disgustingly bad," Norman said.

"I don’t know Tiger, but he is a public figure, and you have to accept that. But do it in the right way, do the right things."   Continued...

Apr 11, 2015; Augusta, GA, USA; Tiger Woods walks off the 18th tee during the third round of The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.  Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports