Plane messages taunt Tiger

2010-04-09 09:09
Tiger Woods (File)
Augusta - Tiger Woods said he never noticed the airplane taunts at him flown above Augusta National Golf Club on Thursday during his return from a five-month absence in the wake of a sex scandal.

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World number one Woods admitted cheating on wife Elin and more than a dozen women have claimed sexual affairs with the golf superstar, who took a hiatus to deal with the matter before returning during the first round of the Masters.

Woods was on the first green on his way to an opening par when a plane flew above the famed course with a banner pulled behind it reading, "Tiger, Did You Mean Booty-ism?"

The play on words referred to Woods saying he was going to return to his Buddhism roots to try and find an inner peace and balance he said he lost to a sense of entitlement during his secret sex life romps, "booty" being a slang term used regarding sex and sexual attraction.

Later, a plane flew over the course with the banner that read: "Sex Addict? Yeah. Right. Sure. Me Too!"

While Woods has not claimed sexual addiction, he did spend 45 days in a treatment facility for an unspecified problem that media reports have said was sex addiction.

Woods said he didn't see the signs but when it came to someone spending to money to poke fun at him by using an airplane message, Woods was unimpressed.

"It wouldn't be the first time," he said.

When it comes to Buddhism, the religion taught him by his Thai mother Kultida, Woods said it has made a difference to him and will continue to do so as he tries to change his life.

"I felt very much so," he said. "That's just through a lot of the works, a lot of my meditation, and that is where it all stemmed from before. I have to go back to my roots."

Plane taunt (AFP)

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