ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tiger Woods criticized the founder of a
South African game reserve Tuesday for alerting newspapers to his
engagement to Elin Nordegren and taking photos to promote the
reserve's Web site.
''It was such a great moment in our lives, and he cheapened the
experience because he was so self-serving,'' Woods said in the
monthly newsletter he e-mails to fans. ''The only positive out of
the whole trip is that Elin didn't say no.''
Woods said Gardiner promised to protect the golfer's privacy
during a four-day stay the week after the Presidents Cup.
Along with telling the media about his Nov. 25 engagement, Woods
said Gardiner invited the mayor and local school children to the
airport, then detained Woods and Nordegren so they could pose for
pictures with the mayor.
''Saying we were uncomfortable and totally shocked is an
understatement,'' Woods said. ''I'm disgusted about the way he
handled things. I had been planning to ask Elin to marry me for
months and wanted to do it in a private, unique atmosphere.''
Gardiner, founder of the reserve, told Reuters he had gone to great lengths to
protect the American golfer's privacy.
"His privacy was protected 100 percent," he said. "He had
the lodge on his own with his party. We even moved guests that
were in that lodge to give him total privacy."
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this story.