Tiger told to give advisers the boot

LONDON - Former European Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher says Tiger Woods should change his management entourage in the wake of the sex scandal that has engulfed his career.

LONDON - Former European Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher says Tiger Woods should change his management entourage in the wake of the sex scandal that has engulfed his career.

Woods broke a three-month silence on Friday in a stage-managed apology for cheating on his wife Elin with the timing heavily criticised for diverting attention from the Accenture matchplay championship.

Accenture is one of the sponsors that dropped Woods.

Gallacher told BBC Radio 5 Live yesterday: "This is someone humbled, very remorseful, a shadow of his former self, a broken man.

"He has been badly handled by his management. Badly mentored.

"It was the wrong timing on Friday to do it during Accenture (matchplay). It was almost a cynical attempt to undermine the tournament.

"Tiger needs to take control of his life a bit more and get better people around him.

"He's got those sycophants around him but he's also got lawyers and PR people and he needs to kick them into touch."

Gallacher believes Woods needs to change his ways professionally as well as privately.

"We know he needs to change himself extramaritally but he needs to change on the golf course as well. He's been swearing, he's been throwing golf clubs, spitting.

"His whole lifestyle needs to change. But we should give him a chance.

'I don't think that he's given any assurance at all that he might come back to golf.

"He may not come back to golf." -Sapa-AFP

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