DUBAI - Golf legend Tom Watson has joined the clamour for Tiger Woods to fully answer for his marital infidelities and called on him "to clean up his act".
Speaking yesterday ahead of the Dubai Desert Classic tournament, the 60-year-old said that Woods, who has not been seen in public since November 27, needed to face up to the public.
"It's going to be interesting to see how he handles his return to public life," Watson said. "He messed up. He knows he messed up. The world knows he messed up. And he has to take ownership of that.
"He must get his personal life in order. I think that is what he is trying to do.
"And when he comes back he has to show some humility to the public in the sense that if I were him, it wouldn't be at a golf tournament where I come out in public first.
"I would come out and I would do an interview and say: 'You know what, I screwed up. And I admit it. And I am going to change. I want my wife and family back. I have to earn her trust back'."
Woods's fall from grace followed a car crash outside his Florida home on November 27, after which more than a dozen women claimed to have had affairs with him. Since then he has taken an indefinite leave from golf in a bid to save his marriage to wife Elin Nordegren.
Jack Nicklaus, whose record of 18 major wins is the driving force behind Woods's career, spoke out earlier this month to say that the game of golf would survive without him and Watson's comments will add more pressure. - Sapa-AFP