TIGER WOODS was never a child. He was a robot programmed to play golf by a demanding father much like Joe Jackson did with Michael. This programming reminds me of the East Germans and Soviet Union, which dominated the Olympics by separating their youth from their parents and sending them to a sports gulag. Remember that Andre Agassi recently admitted his hatred of tennis but was forced into it by a demanding parent.

When children, like many child stars now living in misery, are forced to become adults, they then become children when they're adults. Why else would a man like Tiger degenerate into a sex addict?

Anthony J. Frascino, Swedesboro, N.J.