Scandalous! Tiger sticks the boot in as 14-time major champ insists golf is too honest for Armstrong-style controversy
15:07 GMT, 24 October 2012
Tiger Woods knows just how far there is to tumble when a top sportsman falls from grace – but the American is convinced golf will never be hit by a Lance Armstrong-style scandal.
Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from cycling for life for his part in a doping conspiracy which rocked the sport.
Cycling's reputation has been left in tatters but Woods insists, due to the culture of honesty within his own sport, there is no need to worry about golf going the same way.
Safe: Tiger Woods insists golf will never suffer a Lance Armstrong-style scandal
'We just implemented testing probably three years ago I think it is,' said Woods. 'I know we don't do any blood work like some of the other sports do.
'Right now it's just urine samples, but that's certainly a positive step in the right direction to try and validate our sport.'
He added: 'This is a sport where we turn ourselves in on mistakes. A ball moves in the trees, guys call penalties on themselves. Golf is a different sport.
'I think that's one of the neat things about our great game, and I think with the testing, it's only enhanced that respectability throughout all of sport.'
Woods, a 14-time major winner, also made
headlines for all the wrong reasons but it was over his behaviour away
from the course when it was revealed in 2009 that he had a string of
His wife Erin filed for divorce and Tiger lost several of his sponsors before undertaking a therapy programme.
High circles: Tiger played with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak during the pro-am ahead of this week's CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur
Nike stayed with Woods despite the sex scandal but the American sports giant dropped Armstrong on the back of the drug revelations.
Rory McIlroy looks set to replace Woods as the main man with the company amid rumours of a 156million 10-year deal for the young Northern Irishman.
Woods never managed to get his hands on one of this year's majors and failed to win a match at the Ryder Cup but, with three PGA Tour wins to his name, he insists he is happy with 2012.
Speaking ahead of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, he added: 'It's a really good year, no doubt, but winning a major championship just makes it a great year.
'The majors are such a different animal and different breed and we place so much emphasis on them.'
Disgraced: Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France wins
Happy with the progress he has made on the course and optimistic about what the future holds, it is off the course that still matters to him the most.
He trails the great Jack Nicklaus by four majors and, on 74 PGA Tour wins, is eight short of Sam Snead.
'Golf has always been a high priority in my life but family has been No 1, so that hasn't changed,' he said.
'I certainly want to break Jack's record and catch Snead's record, but being the best father I can possibly be to my two great kids, that is certainly number one in my life.'