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Tiger Woods seeks anonymity off the golf course

Tiger Woods may be the world's most famous golfer but he has revealed that anonymity is one of things he craves most in his life.

The former world number one told the Times of London that the thing he missed most about playing professional golf is the ability to walk down the street and not be noticed.

"I've always wanted anonymity. That has nothing to do with golf, more life in general. The ideal world: to be able to compete and play and still not be recognised. That would be the greatest thing ever," he said.

"I'd still do the same things I always do," he says. "It's just that, the way things are, there are consequences."

But Woods is adamant that his desire to be left alone does not extend to his wife Ellen, and that the pair are very happy after marrying in October.

"Without a doubt, it helps having a partner there," Woods said. "We're like a team. So it's become a lot easier. We go to tournaments together, we're in this together, it makes you stronger."

"We'll go out, we'll have dinner, we talk about it. What went wrong that day, what went right. We'll develop a game plan together usually -- how can I get better? - and go about it. Maybe when you have kids, that's a different story. Certainly it'll be more of a distraction early on. Anyone who's had kids can relate to that, the lack of sleep."

"But that's something that I'm looking forward to and I know she is the same. But to answer: I don't think it changes, the losses still hurt and the wins are still joyful."

Meanwhile, the man many regard as the best player ever to grace the fairways says his ambitions for perfection haven't changed despite being knocked off his world number one perch by Fiji's Vijay Singh.

Just win. You don't go to a tournament just to say you entered a tournament, you're there to win. If you don't go with that attitude, there's no point in even entering. This year, for instance, I didn't accomplish my goals because I didn't win every tournament I played in."

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