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Tiger's brother: Dad would not approve

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If he were alive today, Tiger Woods' father Earl would be very disappointed with his son's various infidelities and subsequent divorce, Woods' older brother Earl Jr. told FOX 10 in an interview Thursday night.

Earl Jr. said their father was very fond of Tiger's ex-wife Elin Nordegren, and that he would have been shattered to see their marriage end.

"My dad rested pretty easily knowing Tiger would be married to Elin, but he blew that," Earl Jr. said.

"[Dad] really liked her. And one of the problems when you're a celebrity like [Tiger] is finding someone you can trust and confide in, that you can trust, that you can lean on. And she was there. She was family. My dad and her really connected.

"He has a friend, Jerry Chang ... there are a couple of other people in the Tiger Woods Foundation that he confides in, but as far as, like, Elin or like my dad, you can't replace them."

Asked what he thought of his brother when he first learned of the sex scandal that rocked the sporting world, Earl Jr. said: "Probably the same as my dad's [opinion] would have been: Stupid. Stupid. It's not like him.

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"My dad would be very disappointed in him," he added, "and he would probably want to know how he will fix it. You know, 'You're old enough to get into this mess. How are you going to repair that?'"

Earl Jr., whose daughter, Cheyenne, is one of the top amateur golfers in the U.S., said he hoped Tiger would "reach out" to him and the rest of the family, having made little contact over the past six years, and was certain he would have learned a lot from this ordeal.

"You'd have to be a rock not to [learn]," he said. "America made him pay, and it cost him a lot. It cost him a family."

Earl Jr. was confident Tiger would make it back to the top of the golfing world within the next 12 months, having not won a tournament since his return to golf following the sex scandals.

He also gave an insight into how he got there in the first place, saying that while their father had a strong desire to win, it was Tiger's mother Tida — Earl Jr.'s stepmother — who instilled in him that desire to really beat down on an opponent.

"He has a very strong drive to punish. Tida, my stepmother, has a very strong, you know, 'embarrass them, humiliate them, drag them through the mud [mentality].' You would never think that."

But Earl Jr. said if Tiger was to get back to the top he would have to try and maintain a strong relationship with his two children.

"If he loses contact with his children that will be another strong distraction for him. I hope that doesn't happen," he said.

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