Nicklaus wants to respect Woods’ privacy

Jack Nicklaus said the fallout over Tiger Woods’ car crash and

allegations of extramarital affairs is “none of my business.”

“Our public is pretty forgiving at times,” Nicklaus said

Thursday. “Time usually heals all wounds. I think the hardest

thing is obviously his family. That’s a private matter for him and

his family.”

Nicklaus won 18 major championships, the most in golf history.

Woods is second with 14.

Woods has remained out of the public eye since the crash

Thanksgiving weekend and the scandal that quickly followed. He has

acknowledged “transgressions” on his Web site.

“He’s a great athlete,” Nicklaus said. “He’ll figure it


Nicklaus’ first public comments about Woods’ situation came

after an event honoring The Benjamin School’s golf team, recent

winners of a Florida state championship. Son Gary Nicklaus played

on a state title team at the school 26 years ago.