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Masters chairman: Tiger Woods needs to change his ways

April 7, 2010 | 10:51 am


AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Masters Chairman Billy Payne sounded like a disapproving dad Wednesday when talking about Tiger Woods, admonishing Woods for his behavior and saying, "We at Augusta National hope and pray that our great champion will begin his new life in a positive, hopeful and constructive manner."

Payne said Woods no longer will be judged by his performance "against par." He'll be judged by his sincerity and efforts to change his ways.

"He disappointed all of us," Payne said, "and more importantly, our kids and grandkids."

Woods, who played nine holes with Mark O'Meara in the morning, is on the entry list for the Par 3 Contest, which begins at 10 a.m. (ESPN coverage begins at noon) Woods hasn't played the Par 3 since 2004.

-- Teddy Greenstein

Photo: Masters Chairman Billy Payne speaks during a news conference Wednesday. Credit: Rob Carr / Associated Press.