Forget the golf - Woods remains the story
Transgressions have taken precedence over transitions in the life of Tiger Woods, so what price he mis-hits his first drive at Augusta on 8 April?
He certainly seems to have timing issues at the moment - his carefully choreographed re-entry into public life appears to pay scant regard to whatever else is going on in the golfing world.
Simultaneously released, his first two interviews since his downfall were broadcast on ESPN and the Golf Channel at the same time as Jim Furyk was edging home in the PGA Tour's Transitions Championship. (Watch Golf Channel video below)
The plan was to avoid such a conflict and get the tournament out of the way first, but storms in Tampa (thunder on a Sunday in Florida at this time of year? Couldn't see that one coming) meant a delay to the golf which led to the clash.
Given the furore over the way his initial "announcement" at PGA Tour headquarters last month overshadowed the WGC Matchplay, one might have thought he would steer clear of tournament time for his public pronouncements.
Golfing reflection on Sunday night should have been about Furyk ending his two-and-half-year winless streak, not Woods ending his exile from facing interviewer's questions.
It had seemed that the lesson had been learned because last Tuesday's announcement of his return at the Masters didn't coincide with anything else on the golfing agenda and it came the day after an important Tour sponsorship announcement.
Some reading this will be thinking "here we go again" - another blog criticising Woods for stealing the spotlight and ignoring the golfing stories shoved into the shade.
Guilty as charged, but what can you do? Furyk has to win 13 more majors to become the story. Sorry, but Woods and his words are news that can't be ignored.
The choice of doing the interview on the same day as a tournament is concluding was down to Woods - and it certainly didn't impress the sponsors.
"I would say that given our partnership with the Golf Channel, we are a little bit disappointed that they chose to air that story at the conclusion of a very exciting tournament," said the managing director of Transitions, David Cole.
"We invest a lot of money in the Transitions Championship as a title sponsor."
On the flip side Woods is the man who drives the game and for most of the last decade and a half he has done more than any other current player to make golf attractive to companies like Transitions.
But what of the interviews? It must be pointed out that the only limits placed on them was that the allotted time was no more than five minutes.
"The understanding was no restrictions on the questions," said Vince Doria, the senior vice president and director of news at ESPN.
"We were able to get the person we wanted to do it, Tom Rinaldi, and they wanted to place a five-minute limit on it, and an agreement that we wouldn't air it until 7:30."
That was quite some restriction because, of course, it prevented any chance of serious interrogation. One columnist, CBS Sport's Steve Elling said it was like offering a crouton to a starving man, if not his entire village.
Interestingly, Elling's CBS television colleagues turned down the opportunity to have their five minutes with Woods because of the time restriction that was being put on the interview.
But the strategy of Woods and his advisors, who no longer appear to number former White House pressman Ari Fleischer, is clear.
The interviews afforded the opportunity for awkward questions to be asked, not that they yielded much by way of answers.
"What happened on Thanksgiving night?" Woods was asked. "It's all in the police report," came the reply.
As we know there isn't much in that Florida Highway Patrol report, it's not all there. But at future press conferences Woods will now claim he has answered the question.
Of course, he has done no such thing, he has merely responded to it and there is quite a difference - but now he has his "get out" card and will play it over and over again.
His only slip seemed to come when asked by Rinaldi how he lost control of his car. Woods said: "That's between Elin and myself."
It was a response that surely prompts more questions but at least he didn't resort to his old faithful "it is what it is" in the course of the two interviews.
Given the time restraints ESPN's Rinaldi and Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman did pretty good jobs. The questions had to be tight and short to maximise time for Woods' answers and most bases were covered.
The most glaring omission was that there was nothing on his relationship with a Canadian doctor who has alleged involvement with the use of HGH (human growth hormone) and is currently under investigation in the US and Canada.
When asked about his "transgressions" and their ongoing impact, Woods cut a more convincing figure under questioning than he did in his pre-prepared speech in front of associates and friends last month.
"I tried to stop and I couldn't stop," he said. "It was horrific, you become disgusted."
Elsewhere he said "I take ownership of it, nobody else did it" and claimed that none of his "inner circle" was involved in what went on.
Woods finds it a "bit bothersome" that he can't be sure of his golfing schedule beyond the Masters. Given that he has always been the master of understatement, we can deduce he is troubled by the uncertainty of his life at the moment.
And perhaps the most significant admission was that he is "a little nervous" about what sort of reaction he will get from fans. This was the answer, more than any other, that suggests a change of attitude. He cares what people will think and acknowledged a degree of vulnerability we have not seen before.
These interviews were his next step and it is significant they took place through the sporting media rather than a mainstream "Oprah" type of show. Woods would be far less comfortable in such an environment.
Yes, it was nowhere near enough to satisfy the public's curiosity about Woods and the timing was poor. Let's remember he wants us to judge him on his actions.
But this drip, drip return to the public eye is nothing to do with satisfying the media and the people who consume what it is filmed, recorded and written.
It is all about the personal rehabilitation of Tiger Woods. The objective is to put him into a position where he can return to the golf course, compete and win again.
These interviews were the next stage in that process.