Stricker urges Woods to air more of his private turmoil

Wed Dec 2, 2009 7:11pm EST
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

THOUSAND OAKS, California (Reuters) - Steve Stricker expressed sympathy for fellow American and good friend Tiger Woods on Wednesday and hoped the game's leading player would share a little more of his private turmoil with the public.

Woods has been engulfed in speculation over his private life since mysteriously crashing his car and earlier on Wednesday he apologized for "transgressions" that apparently addressed allegations he had extra-marital relationships.

"I'd like to see him come on TV and just pour it out a little bit, show what's happened a little bit," world number three Stricker told reporters while preparing for this week's Chevron World Challenge.

"I don't know if that'll ever happen. But people forget and if he just does the right things from here on out, people will forgive him and move on.

"I think his image is going to take a little bit of a shot. I don't think there's any question that he will bounce back but it's going to be hard on him for a while."

Woods, who is renowned for carefully guarding his privacy, suffered facial cuts and bruises after his car struck a fire hydrant and a neighbor's tree outside the driveway of his home last Friday.

His Swedish wife, Elin Nordegren, used a golf club to smash a window of his car to get him out but Woods' refusal to meet with police to answer questions about the accident triggered a storm of speculation.


<p>U.S. team member Steve Stricker (R) talks to partner Tiger Woods during their fourball match at the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Harding Park golf course in San Francisco, California in this October 10, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Shaun Best</p>