Ames won't take swipe at Tiger

ROD KELLY, Sun Media

, Last Updated: 3:20 PM ET

Don't put Stephen Ames on the list of rivals who'll be quick to pass judgment on Tiger Woods.

A day after fellow PGAer Jesper Parnevik took a swipe at the game's greatest player over Woods' admission to regrettable "transgressions," Calgary's Ames was careful to steer clear of weighing too much into Woods, or the growing number of infedelity allegations surrounding the world's No.-1 player.

"It's unfortunate," Ames said of the details surrounding Woods recent car crash and subsequent allegations of infidelity on the part of the game's biggest star.

"But at this stage, I very much do believe that it's a personal matter. I would leave it at that."

On Wednesday, Parnevik, the player who helped connect Woods and wife Elin Nordegren, shared his disappointment over allegations of Woods having extra-marital affairs. Reports say Woods has had relations with at least three other women, including a long-running affair with Las Vegas waitress Jaimee Grubbs.

"It's a private thing of course," Parnevik told the Golf Channel upon hearing of the allegations.

"But when you are the guy he is, the world's best athlete, you should think more before you do stuff ... and maybe not 'Just do it,' like Nike."

In Calgary to help present a $25,000 cheque to the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation, Ames said he felt strongly the Woods situation was something that would best be dealt with by Woods and his family.

"It's his decision," said Ames, the winner of last month's Children's Miracle Network Disney Classic.

Asked if the fallout from the Woods events would have any negative impact on the PGA Tour in coming months, Ames said he doubted so.

"I don't think so," he said, adding he feels the bigger issue right now is the poor economy, particularly south of the border.

"Sponsors look at how weak the economy is," said Ames. "That's what is affecting the Tour."

However, Ames admitted the negative attention could perhaps affect Tiger's "mental state" on the course.

Woods issued a comment on his own website earlier in the week, essentially apologizing to fans and his family for his actions.

"I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart," Woods wrote.

"I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect. I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone."

rod.kelly@sunmedia.ca


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