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Earl Wood's warns son against marriage

Tiger Woodsí father looks set to cause controversy after saying that his son would be better off without a wife if he wants to remain the worldís leading golfer.

Earl Woods, who has a history of speaking his mind, made the remarks following the recent break up of his sonís relationship with a girlfriend after two years.

Woods Snr says that his son is so focused on becoming the best golfer in history that marriage will have to wait.

"I donít see Tiger marrying before 30, if then," said Woods, "because he has a lot to accomplish in the game of golf. And, letís face it, a wife can sometimes be a deterrent to a good game of golf. The level heís at, the finite little problems like that would destroy him."

Woods Snr has been relatively quiet over the past couple of years, since he was last in the headlines for making derogatory statements about Scotland. "It sucks," he told Icon magazine. He denied the comment, but the offending remarks were recorded.

In 1997 Woods Snr, a retired US Army lieutenant colonel, also made a loud protest when the PGA invited playersí wives and girlfriends to Valderrama but not parents.

Recently, he proclaimed that his sonís talent would eventually be worth an incredible $5billion, and said he didnít rule out Tiger beginning an American dynasty to compare with the Kennedys.

Tiger competes for his fifth straight major golf championship when the US Open begins on 14 June.

The 25-year-old phenomenon has had an unbroken run of success in the majors since Fijiís Vijay Singh won the 2000 US Masters.

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