Posted by admin | Posted in masters | Posted on 05-04-2012-05-2008
By Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 09:42 EST, 5 April 2012 | UPDATED: 11:19 EST, 5 April 2012
With the Masters tournament in full swing, all eyes are fixed – as usual – on Tiger Woods, including his half-brother Kevin, who hasn’t seen the disgraced golfer since 2006.
While most Americans are aware of Tiger’s Navy SEAL aspirations and can name at least one of his dozen alleged mistresses, little is known about his family’s struggles.
Kevin Woods, who is 18 years older than Tiger and lives in Kansas, is stricken with multiple sclerosis, and needs a wheelchair to get around.
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Rise and fail: Tiger Woods’ half brothers say they haven’t heard from the former world No. 1 golfer since their father’s funeral in 2006
ESPN columnist Rick Reilly reported that Kevin, 52, was diagnosed with MS in 2009 and it has become increasingly worse. On top of that, he’s in danger of losing his home.
Earl Woods Jr, Tiger’s oldest half-brother, told Reilly that he’s not sure Tiger knows about Kevin’s condition, because the family has not heard back from him after repeated attempts over the years to get in touch.
The family says that as Tiger shot to fame on the green in the late 90s, they heard from him less and less.
The last time they saw the former No. 1 golfer was at their funeral of their father, Earl Woods Sr, who died in 2006.
Earl Jr told Reilly: ‘I leave messages. I leave updates on Kevin, but for whatever reason I don’t get a response. Kevin loves Tiger. a call from Tiger would really pump Kevin up. when he doesn’t call, it just makes him feel worse’.
He added: ‘We haven’t asked Tiger for a dime. not even tickets to a tournament. But Kevin’s losing his home. he needs a caregiver and he can’t have a caregiver and keep his home at the same time’.
Family values: a young Tiger Woods poses with his father Earl Woods Sr and his mother Kultida in a 1990 photo
A Tiger Woods rep told Reilly that the golfer was getting ready for the Masters, which runs from today to Sunday, and would not return his call.
While Kevin defends his ‘busy’ half-brother, Earl Jr would like to make Tiger to step in – violently if he has to.
Earl Jr told Reilly: ‘I’d like to [slap] Tiger, wake him up. I’d like to say, “Don’t come knocking on the door when you need a bone-marrow transplant.” To see this is the response we get?
‘Maybe when you see the world like he does, you don’t see what other people are going through. But, seriously? You’ve got problems with your knee? That’s nothing compared to what Kevin is going through. nothing.’
The revelations have sparked renewed anger against Tiger, as many have not forgiven the golf club swinger for the explosive cheating scandal that came to light in November 2009.
Right around Thanksgiving of that year, Woods was involved in a car crash outside his Florida home.
The crash sparked a chain of events that saw his marriage to model Elin Nordegren crumble, a leaderboard of mistresses, and several his sponsors ditching him like a bucket of dead fish.
Orlando Sentinel sports columnist Mike Bianchi writes: ‘The fact is, this guy is a fraud as a human being and always has been. he has treated the City of Orlando like garbage. He’s treated his family like garbage. He’s treated his former swing coach like garbage. he treated the fans like garbage. And he even treats his sick relatives like garbage’.
In a 2010 interview with Fox 10 in Phoenix, Earl Jr spoke about the 2009 sex scandal and Tiger’s rapid fall from grace, saying that their father’s reaction would have been, ‘stupid, stupid’.
Speaking out: in a 2010 interview, Earl Woods Jr (above) spoke about Tiger’s 2009 sex scandal and his rapid fall from grace, saying that their father would have been very disappointed
Dad: Earl Woods Jr says that Tiger’s father, left, would have been ‘disappointed in him’ if he was alive to see the 2009 sex scandal
He told the network: ‘My dad would have been very disappointed in him. he would probably have wanted to know how he would fix it. you know you’re old enough to get into this mess. How are you going to repair that?’
The family situation has many asking the question: if Earl Woods Sr was ‘disappointed’ in Tiger’s past behaviour, what would he think now?