Woods's decision shocks golfing community

Dec. 12, 2009 at 3:24 PM
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WINDERMERE, Fla., Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Some of U.S. golf star Tiger Woods's colleagues say they are surprised he is leaving the tour indefinitely after disclosing his marital infidelity.

U.S. golfer John Daly and Japanese golfer Ryo Ishikawa were among those in the golfing community left stunned by Woods's announcement Friday that he would be focusing on his family instead of the golf world for the time being, Golf.com reported Saturday.

"I'm in shock over it all. A lot of our players are in shock," said Daly, a two-time major winner.

Ishikawa also expressed shock.

"Tiger has a stoic image and we knew nothing about his private life. Like everyone else, I'm very surprised," Ishikawa offered.

Daly also voiced disapproval of those in the golfing world who have criticized Woods for his infidelity, Golf.com reported.

"I'm not happy with the way some of our players have responded -- that's their way of getting back because they know they can't beat him at golf," Daly said.

Among those offering a frank take on Woods's situation has been Australian golfer Craig Parry, who is a friend of the 33-year-old golfer.

"What he did was totally wrong. And he's got no one to blame except himself," Parry said.

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