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February 10, 2010

O'Meara calls Woods situation 'disappointing'

Posted at 6:21 PM by Mike Walker | Categories: Mark O'Meara, Tiger Woods

Mark O'Meara said Monday that he hasn't spoke to Tiger Woods since before Woods's Thanksgiving night car accident and his subsequent admission of infidelities, and O'Meara called the situation "disappointing."

"I realize what happened is not a good scenario," O'Meara said. "That's disappointing, what's happened, and as his friend I would tell him that personally. But that doesn't take away from the fact that I wouldn't try to help my friend any way I could."

O'Meara has won the Masters and the British Open, but in recent years he's been known as much for his close friendship with Woods as his prowess on the golf course. Despite the 19-year age difference between them, Woods appeared to bond with O'Meara more than any other player on Tour. They did guy stuff together like fly-fishing trips to Ireland, Ping Pong matches and card games. However, when speaking at the Champions Tour event Toshiba Classic at Newport Beach Country Club in California, O'Meara said that he and Woods had not spoken since the 2009 British Open at Turnberry. He said he has attempted to contact Woods a few times since the accident.

"I haven't been very public with this whole issue on what's happened," O'Meara said. "I can't completely talk about something that I don't know, really, a lot about what's going on. I felt I had to let things play out."

Asked about Woods's public silence since the accident, O'Meara said that Woods's decision to keep quiet is consistent with his personality and his desire for privacy.

"I guess he has all these advisors," O'Meara said. "I’m not his advisor. I would have handled it differently, myself, personally, but that’s who I am. Whether he’s handled it right or wrong, only time can decide that. Tiger is being Tiger. You guys have spent a lot of time with him and seen how he is. I don’t know how else to answer that."

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