PARIS - Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik has admitted he thought Tiger Woods "was a better guy than he is" after the world's top golfer confessed to a number of "transgressions" in his personal life.
Parnevik claims he feels a particular sadness as it was he who introduced Woods to his wife Elin Nordegren in 2001 - then working as an au pair for the Parneviks.
"I would be especially sad about it - I really feel sorry for Elin - since my wife and I were at fault for hooking her up with him," Parnevik told Golf Channel.
"We probably thought he was a better guy than he is. I would probably need to apologise to her."
Nordegren began working for the Parneviks in 2001 and Parnevik has said that he considers the fellow Swede as part of his family.
He added: "It's a private thing of course but when you are the guy he is, the world's best athlete, you should think more before you do stuff."
Woods crashed into a fire hydrant and tree outside his home in Florida in the early hours of Friday morning, suffering facial lacerations which required hospital treatment.
A media frenzy followed amid speculation that a dispute between the couple was at the centre of the accident after Nordegren confronted her husband about tabloid reports that he was having an affair with a New York club hostess.
Woods issued a statement this week in which he apologised to his family for "personal sins and failings" - as a magazine posted what it said was evidence of an extramarital affair with a cocktail waitress.
In his statement, the 14-time major winner admitted he was "far short of perfect" and said "I have not been true to my values and the behaviour my family deserves".
The star promised "to be a better person and the husband and father my family deserves", but he also asked the media to leave him in peace.
"Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn't have to mean public confessions." - Sapa-AFP