9 Feb 2011

Woods deserves more respect, says Kaymer

11:30 am on 9 February 2011

The world number two golfer Martin Kaymer says Tiger Woods deserves to be given more respect for his huge contribution to the sport while he seeks to return to winning ways.

Woods struggled through a winless 2010 campaign as he spent much of the season unsuccessfully trying to repair his marriage and undergoing the fourth swing change of his career.

The 14-times major champion, who was world number one for more than five years, has slipped to third in the rankings and tees up at this week's Dubai Desert Classic looking to end a 14-month title drought.

Kaymer, who has been grouped with Woods for the opening two rounds, says Tiger shouldn't be getting a hard time and says people should give

him space to sort out his private life.