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December 18, 2009

Padraig Harrington 'amazed' by Tiger scandal

Posted at 10:54 AM by Mike Walker | Categories: Padraig Harrington, Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods famously keeps to himself on Tour. He doesn't hang out in the clubhouse after a round. He comes in, does his work and leaves, and while he's admired by his fellow Tour pros, few guys actually feel close to him.

Padraig Harrington is one of the handful of players close enough to Woods to be called a friend, and he told The Irish Independent newspaper that he and the other players on Tour were as shocked as anyone else by Woods's scandalous double life.

"I'm amazed by the fact that I'm out on tour and knew nothing -- I'm beginning to think I must have my head in a hole, or something like that," Harrington said.

On tour, Woods betrayed none of the usual signs that he was almost as relentless in his pursuit of birdies off the course as he was on it.

"If somebody goes down that road, you usually can tell because of who they are talking to or hanging out with," said Harrington. "There's a bravado in it -- all that sort of stuff. That's what fellows are like. They have a few drinks and they are telling everybody about it.

"Yet there was no indication whatsoever of Tiger doing that," he went on. "I just think to myself 'wow, I'm out there on tour with this guy for 10 years and, often times, Tiger himself described me as a friend, and I'd no idea this was going on in his life.'"

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