Tiger Woods was defended by former golfer and social media sensation Paige Spiranac ahead of the release of a blockbuster HBO documentary.

His reputation took a battering in 2009 when Rachel Uchitel was revealed to be the first of at least 12 mistresses.

It led to the collapse of his marriage to Elin Nordegren, with whom he had two children.

Woods’ golf game suffered as a result of the scandal and he was also dropped by a host of sponsors.

Yet Spiranac, who was a professional golfer herself, believes Woods was wrongly treated as “a monster” and thinks he should not be “canceled.”

Speaking on her podcast, the 27-year-old said: “Even when all this was happening, I think people were being too hard on him.

“You look at your own life and the things you’ve done, no one lives a perfect life, we all make mistakes.

“It’s not like he killed someone, he cheated. A lot of people cheat in their lifetime.

“Probably 99.9 percent of people have done something bad in their life.

“It’s not for people to sit on their couch and make him out to be a monster when I don’t think anyone could have handled that any better than he has.

“Let’s get rid of cancel culture and help these people, because you don’t know what they are going through.

“I don’t think any of us could handle that spotlight, it’s insane.”

According to family friend Joe Grohman, Woods saw his dad, Earl, have sex with blondes in a Winnebago RV parked next to golf courses during his childhood practice sessions.

And Spiranac believes that had an impact on how his life turned out.

She added: “Of course he is going to have issues growing up in that environment, the fame he had, he’s always been in the spotlight.

“He’s never had a normal life.”

The HBO documentary said Woods’ life began to spin out of control after his dad died in 2006.

It is claimed that afterward, he began to make wild trips to Las Vegas, partying with Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley.

Spiranac also said disgraced golfer Justin Thomas “should not be canceled” after using an anti-gay slur.

Thomas used the slur when he missed a putt at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

The world No. 3 apologized after his round and admitted he felt “embarrassed” by his actions.


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