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Forget the golf - Woods remains the story

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Iain Carter | 10:30 UK time, Monday, 22 March 2010

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.

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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.

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    Iain, if you're so concerned about Jim Furyk's achiement in winning a fairly minor tournament being overshadowed, why have to devoted almost your entire blog to telling us about Tiger not telling us much?

    The whole Woods saga is getting so tedious now! Have you noticed how the footballing world has moved on from John Terry as there are more interesting things to discuss, like the what happens on the field.

  • Comment number 2.

    Seemed to me a waste of a question to ask him about his marriage, when he said quite clearly in his Feb statement that it would remain private.

    Nice summary Iain.

  • Comment number 3.

    Iain

    Tiger gave the interviews he did not decide when they would be aired. But ESPN and the Golf Channel both know that a Tiger interview will get them the golfing viewers while a rival shows Furyk and co at the transitions.

    ESPN and the Golf channel could have broadcast their interviews anytime after the transitions, but chose not to. So you can attack Woods again, something not allowed be the mods on 606, bt in reality he did not set the broadcast time.

    As for the interviewers not mentioning connections to a Canadian doctor, why would they? You are out of touch if you think Tiger went anywhere near performance enhancing drugs.

    If you are so up for him pouring out every detail about non golfing matters why don't you start the ball rolling and dish the dirt on some of your more shameful moments?

    Very strange blog indeed, your Tiger witch hunt is becoming tiresome.

  • Comment number 4.

    Iain,

    Woods is perhaps the most famous man walking the planet. It is hardly surprising that an interview with him will overshadow a minor golf tournament won by Furyk. Its sad but true. Woods bestrides his sport in much the way Muhammad Ali did 30-40 years ago.

    I find the fascination with his private life abhorrent and all very unseemly. I have no desire to read about his alleged transgressions, nor for that matter John Terry's, but it is inevitable in our celebrity obsessed, media driven culture. If the media hadn't printed the lurid headlines, there would be no story in the first place.

    I think the story will go away once he's back playing regularly again and golf needs Tiger Woods, whether it likes it or not. I would imagine there will be a lot more journalists at this years Masters than would normally be there though!

  • Comment number 5.

    Just because we live in a time when large numbers of people seem happy to humiliate themselves on TV, does not mean we are entitled to know everything about everyone. There seems to be a sense that we, the public, are entitled to know what happened 'that thanksgiving night' and beyond. Why? I think it's a refreshing change that he isn't the kind of exhibitionist who feels the need to go on Oprah and beg the world's forgiveness.

    The only people to whom Tiger has any obligation whatsoever, are his wife and sponsors. He is dealing privately with his wife, and as far as I know, he has dealt with being dropped by numerous sponsors with humility and without complaint.

    I understand that there is an element of morbid curiosity in all of us, and I am no different, but I certainly don't feel like I am entitled to know every detail, and that's why I cannot understand the indignance, apparent in this blog and in articles elsewhere, that Tiger won't go into detail about his transgressions.

    The longer Tiger continues to lead the gossip-mongers down the garden path, the more my admiration for him will grow. When you begin to criticize him for not for seeing thunder-storms (I had no idea they were such a problem on Sundays....) I think it's time for a new topic.

    When all is said and done, if you're that offended by Tiger, give Jim Furyk's excellent performance the copy it deserves.

  • Comment number 6.

    I totally agree that this Tiger story is tedious! It's going on forever!! I don't think his pathetic news statements/confessions etc really help! They're so choreographed and he comes across like a total pillock!

  • Comment number 7.

    WOW...Another tedious blog from the esteemed Iain Carter, ON THE RISE AND FALL OF TIGER WOODS. Can’t say I’ve learned anything new about your LOVE/HATE relationship with Tiger! It’s as if you’ve some personal axe to grind, from my point of view this desire to blow holes in everything he now does is well...BORING! If the game of golf is what we’re all here to debate then let’s have some of that when you get back from planet Tiger...!

  • Comment number 8.

    Forget Tiger Woods press conferences - but bless Kelly for trying to 'lynch him in the back alley' :-) i saw the South Park episode and thought it was incredibly funny and that those guys can still do satire.

    But as for being nervous about returning at Augusta....then why not avoid the ultra cowardly, control freak approach and come back earlier? Team him up with Ian Poulter and then there will be good odds on first tee shanks :-)

  • Comment number 9.

    I agree and disagree with Dunmow Wolf - the focus on private life is unseemly. But golf is a solitary game - there is a major difference in John Terry's case as he had an affair with a team-mate's partner. As captain and a so-called leader this was a reckless and cavalier disregard for the team in a team sport. Very different transgression and one on which the media was right to focus attention

  • Comment number 10.

    Tiger doing interviews and announcements on Sunday may overshadow the golf but that's not his intention it's people who write these articles and comment on Woods that make it bigger. He doesn't he's won 14 majors, big deal, he could make announcements about what food he eats and people would accuse him of overshadowing events. If the players are that jealous why can't they just get their heads down, practice and beat him.

    He didn't choose Sunday to clash with Golf to be honest, it seems he didn't really think about a current golf tournament and would you if you weren't playing? If we keep criticising him for us making him the big story then what are we doing? I wish people would just get over it, I doubt he'll be booed... golf is a civilised sport normally it's not football. He made mistakes and is moving on, here's a thought though, Tiger has been leading this soap opera style life for a while it seems and he's still been winning, how good could he be if all he concentrates on is golf? Come on, he's going to have more time than ever to practice and I would be rather scared if I were a golfer right now.

  • Comment number 11.

    Iain, could not agree more. I don't even think Woods is particularly contrite - a proper act of contrition would not involve such control.
    And as a million people have already said, Woods private life IS our business. He's made an absolute mint promoting himself (and, by association the products he endorses and his sponsors) as a wholesome, dedicated young man. Well, he isn't, and he is not particularly pleasant.
    Of course I will watch the Masters. Who wouldn't? And I know a fawning crowd will respect/ look on with awe/ hero-worship Woods. It will be sickening.
    The man is a marvellous golfer. FACT. He will beat Nicklaus' majors record. But what does any of it mean if he is not a decent human being, with good manners and an open and honest approach to life? For me, he may as well be a robot - a not particularly nicely-programmed one at that.
    So watch and 'marvel' at Woods if you want. Just don't expect a large number of us sports fans to 'respect' him, either as a golfer or a human being.

  • Comment number 12.

    What I like to know is how long are the press going to keep constantly asking about what happened on that night for?... is it too difficult to understand it is a PRIVATE matter?. And it goes on and on and on and on... leave the man be for christ sakes. He is entitled to answer the questions he wants however he wants.

    It's getting ridiculous by now... it makes me want to support Tiger even more. Go Tiger!!

  • Comment number 13.

    It really is fascinating, and you could not make it up. I wonder if we will ever know what he is thinking, is he genuinely remorseful or simply waiting for the fuss to die down then get on with being the closed, rather tiresome individual who lets no one in ? Will Elin be at Augusta, has he changed the back room staff, is he even allowed a mobile phone...
    I agree with everyone who says that this is getting boring, but will still be riveted on April 8th, or will he play in the Par 3 the day before. He will never bare his sole, so the speculation continues, helped by the drip drip of further revelations. I actually don't care about him as a golfer - no charm, no swagger, no persoanlity with one truly incredible moment (the chip on the 16th at Augusta - still makes the hair on my nck stand up), but his fall from grace has been so utterly spectacular that it really is car crash like in an absolute inability to look away.
    We have the best young crop of Europeans (with a couple of rejuvinated old heads)and some serious global talent at the moment, with Charl Schwartzel, Ricky Fowler (couldn't make that name up either!!) and Ryo Ishikawa to name but three) - it is a real shame that all anyone wants to hear about is TW.
    Roll on the Masters, hopefully everyone ignores Westwood sneaking through the field to win his forst major and I'll bet £10 that TW tops his first drive !!
    Great blog and apologies for my first post last week (on the same subject) which was pulled for a gentle but perhaps inappropriate dig at a much loved sports presenter - I'm going to claim inexerienced blogging and slight poor taste for that one.

  • Comment number 14.

    In a world of weak Tiger articles and blogs, this one has to be among the most pathetic. I resent the waste of electricity just downloading it. So your thesis is that despite that fact that they scheduled this not to clash with the golf, that's not good enough as they obviously knew there would be weather delays? Brilliant.

  • Comment number 15.

    Very, very tiresome and posted without a hint of irony! This blog is the one genuine embarrassment in the BBC roster.

  • Comment number 16.

    Another very good article Iain, which will no doubt draw criticism from Wood's devoted followers. Good journalism asks the questions that need to be answered. Surely the truth about his choice of doctor is a valid question? For all those who proclaim Woods to be the greatest of all time, something as fundamental as PEDs has to be disproved.
    Medical facilities in Florida are first class, so at least we should know why a Doctor already subject of allegations, needs to be flown in from Canada?
    I read the article from The Independent, which I did not find 100% accurate: When you give illegal drugs to someone to carry accross international borders on your behalf, they are called "a mule" not a personal assistant.
    The excuse, "It's just a little bit of personal use" does not sound entirely convincing either, why risk your client's reputation?
    I think I can smell smoke, I had better fly someone in from Canada to check my car exhaust.

  • Comment number 17.

    When people say "it's Tigers private life" & "we should respect his privacy" I'm sorry but I have to disagree.

    All through Tigers career he has made his billions being marketed as the whiter than white sports hero & role model for children and adults all across the world. I myself looked up to him all my life & I feel cheated that he has made his billions on a lie.

    Let's take John Daly as an example, we all know his reputation & past problems, he's never hidden away from that, he's never tried to portray himself as something he isn't. For that he should be greatly respected.

    Ps The first comment from jockneyboy, I think you are being a little naive comparing John Terry to Tiger Woods!! Tiger Woods is the one and only reason golf is as big as it is today. He alone has turned golf from geeky to cool. He's raised the bar for every single professional in the world and is probably the most physically & mentaly complete athlete full stop. That is why John Terrys affair is old news & the Tiger saga goes on.

  • Comment number 18.

    suprise suprise another hatchet job on Woods.

    You'd have thought he was the first person to have multiple affairs.

    George Best was lauded for his trangressions whereas there seems to be an element of a lynchmob here....keep up the good work!!

  • Comment number 19.

    Iain.. Please... your obsession with Tigers issues are almost pathetic...the media has driven this obsession with Tigers private life and you are no different than the rest of them.. are people in the worlds lives that empty that they have to obsess themselves with other peoples lives.. this is what is fundamentally wrong with all our societies today... get a life!!!

  • Comment number 20.

    Dasilversurfer,

    I think you are missing the point, Tiger Woods can do whatever he wants in his private life & I'm certain everyone would agree with that.

    He has lived his life, made his billions & been a role model for millions of fans on one big LIE.

    That is the problem.

  • Comment number 21.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 22.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 23.

    20. At 2:39pm on 22 Mar 2010, Kris wrote:
    Dasilversurfer,
    He has lived his life, made his billions & been a role model for millions of fans on one big LIE.
    ---------------------------
    That's the issue you have to answer yourself, how come an athlete in this world has made such a fortune by just swinging a club and potting a little ball into a pocket!!

    Thankfully Mr. 19 has an answer for that. I couldn't possibly put in better words: "the media has driven this obsession with Tigers private life and you are no different than the rest of them.. are people in the worlds lives that empty that they have to obsess themselves with other peoples lives". Spot on!!

    If he made a fortune and you were looking up to him as a role model, then something must be wrong with your own life. I have always followed TW's career but from a sporting point of view because I like golf and that's about it, I couldn't care less about what he sells, what he portrays and what his life is like outside the green. People, get a life!!

  • Comment number 24.

    I find it hilarious that someone would intentionally read an article entitled "Forget the golf - Woods remains the story" and then take further time to complain that the article was about Tiger Woods and his private life and not the game of golf. Moreover, that someone would complain about intrusions into his private life.

    Tiger Woods is a brand... he's purposely made himself into a brand. He's paid millions in sposorship. He's public property.

    Golf events and Tiger Woods/Gossip/Scandal/Heresay are completely different issues. If you don't like the later, don't read about it. And don't be surprised when the Masters this year is being covered by Heat magazine and not sports networks.

  • Comment number 25.

    Sport is much more than just being able to kick a ball, cover drive a four, chip in from a bunker, to me at least. It's emotion, the triumph of will, overcoming fallibilities, honesty, integrity, spirit, humility -all these things.
    If you enjoy watching an automaton who has only cares about the adulation he receives and his place in history, then be my guest. I agree with earlier poster, give me Wild Thang any day.

  • Comment number 26.

    Interesting blog Iain. Sorry you disapprove of TW's resolve to keep private matters private. The man is a golfer. Supremely good at that endeavour. But not an important figure in the life of the world by any reasonable measure. We've had War Ministers sharing tarts with Soviet attaches, presidents enjoying congress with those unelected to the legislature, kings and princes fornicating all over the place with willing collusion of the media in not reporting. Those things matter.
    Stick to golf, there's a good chap, and enjoy your slice of daily bread in full recognition that Tiger has doubtless enlarged the loaf...



  • Comment number 27.

    What a load of nonsense, Woods has made his millions from being a half afro-american golfer who slaughters the rest in a game where he would not be welcomed even today in many country clubs up and down the USA. Tiger Woods is a role model cause he has proven that with dedication and hard work you can overcome the bigots and the puritans and stuff them at their own game what more of a role model do yopu need himn to be. As far as i'm aware adultery is not a criminal offence thats between him and his wife and the saddos on here who try to hide behind this scandal in order to throw stones are the ones that have really exposed themselves.

  • Comment number 28.

    At 2:39pm on 22 Mar 2010, Kris wrote:
    Dasilversurfer,
    He has lived his life, made his billions & been a role model for millions of fans on one big LIE.
    ---------------------------

    why is woods a role model? He's a golfer not a monk!!

    Why are so many sad people navel gazing into tiger woods' personal life. I'm not a huge golf fan but I can't recall ONCE Tiger telling people to live their personal lives like him!! Also when has he lied to you? I can't recall Tiger telling me personally not to sleep around, in fact has he ever said that to any public person....I doubt it!!

    More fool you for buying into the advertisers imagry which they peddle to the guillable masses every single day of the year!!

    The only thing Tiger has done is open the doors for many people of different backgrounds to maybe try to become professional golfers in an extremely elitist sport buried in bigotry!!

    funny that everyone is jumping on the "he's a role model" bandwagon and excusing themselves while baying for blood!!!

    you sound like an extremely jealous individual who tries to blame others for your own limitations...sad!!

  • Comment number 29.

    Da silva you are of course 100% correct, i wonder who out there buys mach 3 turbos based on whether tiger woods is faithfull or not, maybe the allure of glatorade faded once they knew tiger likes a of the other. seriously who are these people trying to fool, misery loves company and if there is one this a failure hates more than anything its success. But within a few months tiger will be back at the top and these people will still be consumed by what failures they are.

  • Comment number 30.

    @ Iain Carter, the only people to blame is Golf Channel and ESPN for screening the interview straight away instead of holding off till Monday.

  • Comment number 31.

    one eyed biased gooner

    I stopped buying Mach 3 Turbo's the day Henry left for Barca......not!!


    You know the irony of ironies is that there are people on here damning Woods for having extra marital affairs but saying they're big Daley fans because he doesn't hide the fact that he's an obese, chain smoking drunk!

  • Comment number 32.

    All you tiger apologists need to remember one thing, what has annoyed a lot of people is not necessarily what he did, but that he did it off the back of a constant promotion of himself as a wholesome, honest family man.

    It's not the infidelity, it's the hypocrisy that's the standout thing here. I fail to see why woods should get an easy ride because he's a great golfer.

    If he had any honour he would have continued to keep his mouth shut, work at his marriage and come back to golf in a year or two. This indefinite break, which in reality amounts to no missed majors, was a fraud from start to finish. And these interviews, press conferences, apologies have only one purpose - to repair brand woods.

    And I for one would like to congratulate Jim Furyk on his, overdue, win.

  • Comment number 33.

    Why should he, Golf is his job is it standard practice to take two years off work because you cheat on your wife? talk about OTT. In any event and no disrespect but when the likes of Els and furykn start winning again you now the standards have droppped, Tiger is giving these mediocrities an easy paycheck by sitting these tournaments out. Get back out there Tiger and drive these losers insane with envy once more, Tiger is the best at his chosen career are you?

  • Comment number 34.

    'Yes, it was nowhere near enough to satisfy the public's curiosity about Woods'

    Says who - you?

    If there is one thing I can't stand its journalist foisting their own curiosities under the heading of the general public's curiosity.

    Tiger's private life is his own. I don't condone what he did but I am sick to death of holier than though journalists judging him apparently on our behalf as if they were so dam perfect themselves.

    As for the timing. If it wasn't for the freaky weather you wouldn't have an opportunity to criticize about the timing so you must be well chuffed!

  • Comment number 35.

    I'm not a big Woods fan, but can only admire his amazing ability to win golf tournaments. The way he conducts himself on the course does not seem admirable, but he has that extraordinary fighting spirit and talent built in. Perhaps his inner aggression is partly what makes him such a great champion.

    His private life has obviously been spilt out now and we shall all have our opinions. I believe the affairs were wrong, but typical of many people in todays World. He should not be singled out for it. The apparent text messages he sent to a mistress were more of a concern, his aggressive sexual nature was seemingly very threatening indeed. Perhaps he is a bully in the bedroom?

    However that is not my concern, lets hope he can get back to some proper golf and now he has apologised lets move on to the next tournament.

  • Comment number 36.

    wingcommanderthrush wrote:
    All you tiger apologists need to remember one thing, what has annoyed a lot of people is not necessarily what he did, but that he did it off the back of a constant promotion of himself as a wholesome, honest family man.

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    Since Tiger has been in golf he's been annoying a lot of people. Mainly becasue he's won everything and his face doesn't fit in the elitest world of golf!!
    You talk of honour but I wonder how much honour all these exclusive clubs have when selecting their members?
    The biggest frauds are the hypocrites in the media and the people who run golf!!

  • Comment number 37.

    Haven't you sport analysts/columnist/bloggers et al had enough of Tiger? Can't you analyse every action and utterance he makes without referring to his mistakes. Mistakes he has duly apologized for!!!!
    Maybe one day the transgressions of others will come to light and then the whole world will know that Tiger is not alone.

  • Comment number 38.

    35. At 4:46pm on 22 Mar 2010, TheBBCFan wrote:

    The apparent text messages he sent to a mistress were more of a concern, his aggressive sexual nature was seemingly very threatening indeed. Perhaps he is a bully in the bedroom?
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    Oh come come now....is this some sort of sexual stereotype you're trying to potray? If so your arguement is weak!!

    I'd be more concerned about all these women who sleep with famous men and then go running to the media with their sordid little stories of infidelity.Much more of a concern then Tigers bedroom habits!!

  • Comment number 39.

    You clearly aren't au fait with Florida's climate, this is supposed to be the dry season, with the rainy season starting the end of May. It doesn't always thunder

  • Comment number 40.

    This annoys me. Tiger is OK because he wins at golf. Is that it?
    He's a liar. He's a control freak. He cares not about those who pay his wages. All he cares about is himself.
    If that's what sport is about to you, you're welcome to it. I may be living in a different universe, but sport is about so much more than just being a winner. It's how you win, and lose, that is equally important, how you conduct yourself, how you act. And yes, you take the money, you should be a role model. Tiger does it all badly, with no grace and with no humility. He can stick it.

  • Comment number 41.

    Sachin Tendulkar shows Woods up for what he is.

  • Comment number 42.

    At 4:57pm on 22 Mar 2010, DaSilvaSurfer wrote:

    Oh come come now....is this some sort of sexual stereotype you're trying to potray? If so your arguement is weak!!

    I'd be more concerned about all these women who sleep with famous men and then go running to the media with their sordid little stories of infidelity.Much more of a concern then Tigers bedroom habits!!

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    It is of course a great concern that Tiger has been behaving in this manner with these filthy text messages. What sort of role model does that send out to his kids? Of course he has now had to apologise in the most sincere way that is possible. Tiger Woods better behave himself in the upcoming events or his reputation shall nose-dive even further. If that is possible.

  • Comment number 43.

    Haha is tiger woods a bigger role model to your kids than you? is thats whats bugging you? don't blame your lack of parenting skills on Tiger.
    Tiger is a liar he lied to his wife, to me who cares he's broken no laws, he's earnt every penny by being the best at a sport many still resent him playing in, every win is a dagger in their elitist hearts, long may it continue

  • Comment number 44.

    Honestly Iain does Tiger now have enough clout to control airing of his interviews?? They could have delayed the interviews until the tournament was over.
    Quite frankly I'm happy he's coming back to play. It will kill all this hullaballoo. Tiger IS golf. Make no mistake.

  • Comment number 45.

    id like to know why he crashed and why elin wasnt arrested for assault or domestic assault. i think tiger is so gutsy on the golf course and im so disapointed with the cowardly way he has dealt with this issue.

  • Comment number 46.

    Sadly I believe it's more about taking Jacks record more than remorse for his actions. If this had all come to light back in August last year you can guarantee that the Masters would still be his first tournament back. Very sad to see the real Tiger and his desire to beat the record at all costs.

  • Comment number 47.

    Bit of a yawn this now isn't it! I just can't wait to have the world's best sportsman back on tv! It will all be forgotten when he goes past Nicklaus's record!

  • Comment number 48.

    Oh, and Tiger can sleep with who the hell he likes. He is Tiger Woods. He isnt the first, he wont be the last. He just got caugt. Silly scamp. He is the best, he doesnt have to be a good guy!!

  • Comment number 49.

    sadiewam and supergunner07 The Golf Channel and ESPN can't be criticised for airing their scoop. Their job is to do the biggest story. My point is the Woods camp knew this when they made their man available to the cameras. As reported above you can see what Transitions think about it. Sponsors are hard to come by these days, in a week when CA walked away from the game it wasn't the best thing for golf for another sponsor to be annoyed. What do Woods' fellow players think of that?
    As for those who feel I am becoming overly obsessed with the Woods story I have to say I am only blogging on it when there is a development and the fact that he has answered his first questions since last November is
    a significant move, as was the announcement of his return at the Masters last week.
    What happened on Thanksgiving night is probably none of our business, unless he was given preferrential treatment by the cops and State Attorney. We simply don't know. Those were legitimate questions and the nature of his answers was worth reporting. As for his private life and all the lurid allegations that accompanied his downfall, that is territory that has not been explored in my blogs. They have sought to concentrate on the impact of this story on Woods as a golfer and what it has meant for the game in general.

  • Comment number 50.

    All too boring for words!! Please change the channel, subject or whatever. All we are doing is putting more money in TW's pockets by carrying on the debate. I'm sure we all know a few guys who could put TW's record off the golf course, to shame!

  • Comment number 51.

    I fully realize that it is the so-called job of sports writers to dig up the dirt and expose the truth, but in this case we all know that Tiger had a whole string of affairs, that he clearly had domestic problems with his wife which appear to be entirely of his own making, that he has undergone counselling, and that - like it or not - he chose the time and place to make his public apologies. Like many, many other great athletes, most of whom are on the road week in and week out, he went off the rails and damaged his personal reputation in the process.

    Personally, I have no interest in hearing the sordid details of his affairs or knowing what his wife is feeling about it all. She may be at Augusta on April 8th and she may not. That is entirely her choice. What matters now is that the greatest golfer in history is making his comeback (some commentators even complain about his choice of the Masters to do so). Sorry to say this but I remain a fully committed Tiger fan. I have every confidence that he will soon be back to his best form and we will all be raving about his brilliance once again.

  • Comment number 52.

    Perhaps part of the reason for going to Augusta is that they promised to rename it the Mistresses. Also no doubt the security means that we will not see women with banners saying "i slept with Tiger". Through his behaviour he has rightly ended up with much public ridicule and i remember the joke about someone telling Mrs Woods "what do you expect marrying a gut called Tiger".

  • Comment number 53.

    Tiger Woods has gone down in many people`s estimates since the revelations about his affairs ( mine included) but you can hardly blame him for the timing of the networks in the US.
    Tiger could have given his interview at any given time, at any given place on the planet and it would be shown live no matter what. The same idiots would still ask the same stupid questions trying to get the scrap of information out of him that they could analyse and twist until they came up with the "exclusive" story to gain them viewing figures.
    At augusta he will not be able to go to the toilet without cameras and microphones being stuck under the cubicle door. Sometimes that`s the price you pay for fame, or should that be infamy?.

  • Comment number 54.

    Forget the golf - Woods remains the story? Fine heading if you weren't going to spend the next 5 minutes discussing your anger at his publicity, without blogs like this then people would forget about it and concentrate on more important things like golf, I’m sure many people would have much rather read a blog on the recent tournament win by Furyk. I feel a more appropriate heading would be 'Iain Carter the Hypocrite' if you are as annoyed as you seem Iain then be the bigger man and don't give Tiger the publicity you clearly feel he doesn't deserve. I must admit you have lost some of your credibility here and I really hope your future blogs are more from the heart and less about what you think people want to hear. If you care about golf as much as you make out then please write about it otherwise I’m sure The Sun would happily take you on as a journalist! Bring on the Masters :)

  • Comment number 55.

    You know what my pet hate is? People who take the time to comment on blog threads only say "I don't care about this", or words to that effect. OK, fine, you don't care about it. How's about this for a suggestion then? Find a blog or an article you DO care about, read it and comment on it. Life is waaay too short to go around reading and commenting on things you "don't care" about. Sigh.

    Enjoyed your blog post as always Iain. Ignore the idiots.

  • Comment number 56.

    People who actually play the game tell me they could not give two hoots about his private life.
    They are only interested in how well or not,he is playing.
    And yes I believe them.

  • Comment number 57.

    Sorry Totaliser but that's garbage. At the tour level, they may not care what exactly he gets up to, but they certainly do care when his private life has sponsors scurrying for the exit and when his private life overshadows everything and everyone else, which it undoubtedly has done. I'm pretty certain they would all prefer it if he had been able to keep the tiger zipped up. At the amateur level, I play week in week out and I give two hoots!

  • Comment number 58.

    Agreed with KentuckyBrit.
    The whole Woods issue irritates me so much. Everything's on his terms. I think outside his little world Tiger lacks any bottle.
    He is not just a golfer - he's a blank advertising canvas, willingly so, duping the star-struck with a falsely maintained image.
    If he wants to ditch Nike and his sponsors he is so beloved of, finally be honest and approachable to the people who pay his wages and stick to playing golf, no one has a right a question him as a person. Sadly, he won't do this, so I hope (but doubt) the sporting fraternity hold him to account.

  • Comment number 59.

    here is a thought - Tiger coincided his first 'apology' to coincide with the matchplay championships - sponsored by Accenture who were amoung the first to drop him - he doesn't need money from small tournaments and is only interested in the majors.

    If I was Tiger I probably would have done the same and stuck 2 fingers up at the golfing world.

    He is only a role model to those who buy into hype - be free and live your own lives!

    I am only interested in the up-coming golf season - and no I don't care if Tiger wins 4 majors or misses the cut at them all I just want to see some great golf and can't wait to hear the opening bars of the theme music for the Masters!

  • Comment number 60.

    "We simply don't know."

    Out of all of the ridiculous nonsense I wish you'd stop writing, it's the horrid snide little attacks I'd see the back of first. Was Iain Carter paid by an Ernie Els and Phil Mickleson consortium to spread odd and malicious sentiment about Tiger Woods on an insignificant blog? We simply don't know.

  • Comment number 61.

    utopastac wrote:
    "We simply don't know."

    Out of all of the ridiculous nonsense I wish you'd stop writing, it's the horrid snide little attacks I'd see the back of first. Was Iain Carter paid by an Ernie Els and Phil Mickleson consortium to spread odd and malicious sentiment about Tiger Woods on an insignificant blog? We simply don't know.
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    Well said. Iain you work for the BBC, not the red tops. Write like it

  • Comment number 62.

    Never been a Tiger fan (due to being jelous of how good he is)but let's be honest how many people has he brought to golf or inspired? the mans a LEGEND!!! As for the comment about the weather. Very very laughable. Cringe material of a blog!!

  • Comment number 63.

    iain,
    i used to like your analysis of the golf but I find your constant sniping of Woods now very tedious. Jim Furyk is a friend of Tiger Woods and you know very well Tiger was not trying to steal the limelight from him. It was the golf channels who scheduled the interviews. I'm veru disappointed in these cheap shots and what can only be described as gutter journalism. Tiger Woods is one of the greatest sportsmen of his or any generation and has attracted millions to the wonderful game of golf through his fantastic play. As a golf correspondent, please comment on golf issues and not tabloid headlines that every golf fan is sick of hearing about.
    Thanks.

  • Comment number 64.


    This whole Tiger Woods nonsense is being driven by you, the journalists. If you had any principles you'd refuse to report on the non-sporting aspect and leave the 'transgressions' to the red-tops.

  • Comment number 65.

    Perspective people, please.
    Maybe its just me, but we have Ian Carter of the BBC, Lawrence Donegan of the guardian, John Hopkins of the Times, all singing the same tune..i.e. that Woods owes us more answers.

    No he doesnt, you might be interested in knowing more, but dont pretend you have a right to know more. Of course there may have been a better strategy to navigate this storm, although as Max Clifford has repeatedly said with respect to this, that there is no magic wand, no right answer, just a few least bad options.

    It seems that outside of a no hold barred free for all, culminating in Woods breaking down in tears on TV, these journalists will continue to harp on.

    One basic truth seems to be ignored. Elite sportsman of this type of vintage are almost by necessity selfish and control focused. If his steps back are carefully managed, that should surprise no-one, particularly if he is still fragile.

    As for blood spinning, please, this is a non story.


  • Comment number 66.

    Mr. Carter, pick another subject matter please, it seems that Tiger is giving you and all the other hacks who write about him a pretty good living too. You should all be thankful for his notoriety.

    I wonder if you can capture the interest of the golfing bloggers with another topic.....I doubt it, you keep picking the easy option.

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  • Comment number 69.

    putting money on tiger to miss the cut...

  • Comment number 70.

    Your complaint seems to be with 2TV channels not Tiger Woods.
    Confusing the two could be poor journalism or it could indicate some other motive.
    Only you know which it is, mate.

  • Comment number 71.

    Well Mr. Carter, I think even you must concede from the responses here, that Joe Public has just about had enough of you journalists trying to convince us that we need to be as fascinated as you apparently are with the private lives of sports stars.
    Well in case you still don't get it, we are not.
    You have a reason to keep prattling on about it, we don't. Why don't you just drop it and write about Mr. Woods golf. Move on and let him do the same. You will still make money from his achievements. Lord knows he has given you enough golfing stories in the past and will doubtless provide more in the future.
    Last time I checked, this was still a Sports website, keep it that way.
    Alternatively, as you are such an authority on the topic, you could always apply to be a weather forecaster on a Florida TV station.

  • Comment number 72.

    Iain, give it up will you? Tiger has not killed anybody. What seems to be your rel problem? Is it a personal vendeta you have against him?

    Tiger Wood is a golfer. Nothing more,nothing less. When he was not married,he had sponsors. So the so-called family man image has not been built by him. If he were to separate from his wife,you think he will be like Rory without a sponsor? Oh I forgot Rory has sponsors,cash in on his image of a single man.

  • Comment number 73.

    Hi Iain, nice blog.

    Some of the comments suggest you have an agenda against Tiger. I don't know you so can't comment, but generally do you detect a change in the Golf press pack towards him.

    Not an agenda persay, but a more critical stance perhaps. Interesting that CBS declined the interview and on his earlier speech, the American golf writers declined the invite. Has that happened before for a Tiger event?

    Also note some of the ESPN and Golf channel staff writers are quite cutting in their tweets/blogs on Tiger. Is this banter or a sign of something deeper?

  • Comment number 74.

    49. At 7:40pm on 22 Mar 2010, Iain Carter wrote:

    sadiewam and supergunner07 The Golf Channel and ESPN can't be criticised for airing their scoop. Their job is to do the biggest story. My point is the Woods camp knew this when they made their man available to the cameras. As reported above you can see what Transitions think about it. Sponsors are hard to come by these days, in a week when CA walked away from the game it wasn't the best thing for golf for another sponsor to be annoyed. What do Woods' fellow players think of that?
    As for those who feel I am becoming overly obsessed with the Woods story I have to say I am only blogging on it when there is a development and the fact that he has answered his first questions since last November is
    a significant move, as was the announcement of his return at the Masters last week.
    What happened on Thanksgiving night is probably none of our business, unless he was given preferrential treatment by the cops and State Attorney. We simply don't know. Those were legitimate questions and the nature of his answers was worth reporting. As for his private life and all the lurid allegations that accompanied his downfall, that is territory that has not been explored in my blogs. They have sought to concentrate on the impact of this story on Woods as a golfer and what it has meant for the game in general.



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    If thats your reply then you are just twisted, the tv are to blame especially Golf Channel who have vested interest golf maintaining sponsors and Espn to lesser extent who cover early coverage in 1st 2 rounds of US Open & PGA championship. Tinted glasses, just because you are part of the media doesnt mean they are never wrong.

  • Comment number 75.

    If thats your reply then you are just twisted, the tv are to blame especially Golf Channel who have vested interest golf maintaining sponsors and Espn to lesser extent who cover early coverage in 1st 2 rounds of US Open & PGA championship. Tinted glasses, just because you are part of the media doesnt mean they are never wrong.

    72. At 05:05am on 23 Mar 2010, Luc Zagbo wrote:

    Iain, give it up will you? Tiger has not killed anybody. What seems to be your rel problem? Is it a personal vendeta you have against him?

    Tiger Wood is a golfer. Nothing more,nothing less. When he was not married,he had sponsors. So the so-called family man image has not been built by him. If he were to separate from his wife,you think he will be like Rory without a sponsor? Oh I forgot Rory has sponsors,cash in on his image of a single man.



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    Thank you so much, it is a pure myth the media perpetuate since the private issue came out to justify themselves for extra intrusion into his private life or for personal attacks. Tiger got sponsors because he was winning at rate that has NEVER been seen before and bringing new fans [albeit casual fans] to the great game of golf NOT because he told us he was the best family man in the world.

  • Comment number 76.

    He can't win. If he stays quiet he is condemned by the press. If he talks he is condemned by the press. If he lays low he is condemned by the press. If he comes forward he's condemned by the press. Basically we are seeing the usual "kick a person when they're down" attitude from certain sections of the media. While this type of journalism wins favour with the celebrity obsessed masses. Tiger is a great golfing athlete. What he does on the fairways is what we should look up to and get inspiration from.....not what he has for breakfast or how he behaves at home. We live in peculiar times where we are more aware of our own right to privacy but expect the right to pry into others lives without restraint.

  • Comment number 77.

    Do you really think that Tiger cares a fig about the sport, his fellow professionals, the women he has consorted with or even his wife.
    It would appear abundantly clear that the only person that Tiger cares about is himself.



  • Comment number 78.

    Iain, Bet you wished you'd phoned a friend before blogging today huh? I agree with everything that's been posted. Do you ever have domestic issues?Give the guy a break. What d'you expect him to do? You moan when he's quiet, moan when he's back. Can't you stick to golifing matters or weren't you invited to the gala dinner at Lake Nona last night? I'm sure the BBC wouldn't be adverse to wasting another $10,000 on a ticket. Oh sorry, Sky Sports has that golf article the BBC doesn't. Maybe you've taken your eye off the ball.....

  • Comment number 79.

    77. At 1:02pm on 23 Mar 2010, peterfarang wrote:

    Do you really think that Tiger cares a fig about the sport, his fellow professionals, the women he has consorted with or even his wife.
    It would appear abundantly clear that the only person that Tiger cares about is himself.


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    Dont be so stupid, give me 100% proof that he doesnt care about the sport, what are you now psyhic who reads mind 100% correct.

  • Comment number 80.

    Lets get this straight, Tiger Woods never signs autographs, he makes absolutely no eye contact or acknowledges any of the spectators. He plays his practice rounds before the gates open or after they close (I go to every Open championship & he does it all the time).

    He called a special press conference with a hand picked audience with no questions & his return to golf is at Augusta. If any of you are not aware The Masters is unlike any other golf tournament, As soon as you enter the Augusta National you are in a different world. Air tight security, different type of spectators, everything is pre-planned.

    Is the Masters going to be about the 1st major of the year & seeing some great golf or is it going to be the Tiger Woods show?

    Great blog Iain Carter, you are spot on it's all about Tiger Woods!

  • Comment number 81.

    Iain,
    A bit over the top i think. I'm not a huge Woods fan but as all the best in the mafia say "He didn't mean no disrespect" !!
    It will be a huge sigh of relief to all golf scribes to be able to report on Woods playing golf again i'm sure you'll agree.

    I think everyone is really looking forward to Augusta now............if you are going, enjoy it!!

  • Comment number 82.

    Please do not shed a tear for Tiger returning at the Masters. Tiger is doing nothing more challenging than Elton John shouting 'I am gay' in a gay bar.
    The masters tickets are sold out 30 years in advance. Press access is strictly controlled. TV coverage for the world is controlled by a US network. You will not see anything remotely challenging to a Tiger re-coronation.
    Now can he still compete? That is the question.

  • Comment number 83.

    Thought some golf fans might like to know that Lake Nona won the Tavistock Cup with a 17-13 victory over rivals Isleworth in Florida. Most of the Ryder Cup team this year featured for the Lake Nona team. News worthy? probably not as its on the Sky golf site not the BBC. However I am looking forward to more blogs from the BBC on cheating sportmans. Iain, any more news on Tiger's domestic?

  • Comment number 84.

    Tiger does nothing on impulse, everything is considered and calculated with his input but I imagine led by his agent, manager and main sponsors. His press conference the week of the WGC was blatantly to take a swipe at Accenture who dropped him and the 5 minute interviews on a Sunday afternoon of a tour event was also to steal that events and its winners (Furyk's) thunder. Granted whatever he does will have the press covering it because of how unexpected the news was but he is pulling the press's strings and everyone is towing the line. This I think shows a serious lack of respect to the other members of the tour and those companies that have invested millions in to the tour to fund the events.

    To be honest I'm fed up with it all and whilst I look forward to the Masters I fear that it will be wall to wall Tiger regardless of how well he plays (which I must admit I hope is poorly). If this materialises it will be mis judged and totally unfair on the other competitors as I think this years event has the potential to kick on from how fantastic last years was. You have a realistic chance of a European and hopefully British winner on the form shown by Poulter, Harrington, Westwood, Kaymer and others already this season so can you please focus on this instead!?

    So can we please get off the tiger band wagon and look ahead to what I think will be another fantastic Masters and for what its worth my top 5

    1 Westwood
    2 Mickelson
    3 Els
    4 Casey
    3 Kim

  • Comment number 85.

    I agree with the comments below, the winner of the competition should be the news not Tigers misdemenaors yet again. I want to watch golf from the masters not the tiger roadshow, lets see the other golfers who have earned the right to play there get some decent airtime for a change.

  • Comment number 86.

    Good shout by Choch but reckon Poulter could do well and never discount Goosen at the majors. He could be worth a top 5...plus, and dare I say it? it would be typical of "he who can't be named" to pull off something special.

  • Comment number 87.

    Now we're on a good topic! lets name a top 5 for the Masters that doesn't include Woods! For what it's worth, here is my top 5;

    1. Casey
    2. Mickleson
    3. Singh
    4. Kaymer
    5. Choi

  • Comment number 88.

    Meant to mention that Els, Westwood, Goosen, Poulter, and Furyk will also make the top 15.

  • Comment number 89.

    still can't make my mind up about Harrington's chances.

  • Comment number 90.

    I would just love to see Garcia put on that green jacket but it's not going to happen. He's the most naturally talented pure golf striker out there but his head has gone.

    I've followed him closely & every time I see him there's a different putter in the bag or there's another excuse. Sergio was meant to be Europes answer to Tiger Woods, the next Seve but nothing.

    Any thoughts?

  • Comment number 91.

    Agree with you completely about Garcia. Problem is that these days he putts like a 24-handicapper! I never get the feeling with him (other than in his early days) that he is as driven as many others. Great talent, but I fear his best is already behind him. Not sure he'll even make the cut at Augusta.

  • Comment number 92.

    Glad to see that some of the comments are now about what we should all be writing about - golf! Someone wrote that Tiger does nothing on impulse and what he does is very calculated. You're darned right. He is an exceptional golfer simply because he is usually totally focused on the game. Furthermore, he usually shies away from publicity and keeps to himself. That's why he has such tremendous concentration. So far he has made just two statements to the media about his predicament (and on both occasions people bitch about him not giving more details of his affairs - all of which have taken place off the golf course).

    Yes, he has let his family down and disappointed his fans, but he is not the first golfer to stray from the straight and narrow. I hear that one of the greatest ever golfers - and many old timers who follow the game closely will know who I mean - would have women available at all of his big tournaments. However, it would be considered sacrilege to even dare to suggest any type of scandal associated with one of the truly greats.

    But I digress. What counts now is that Tiger is coming back to the game which is exactly where he should be. He is an extraordinary talent and I predict that he will soon be back to his best. Yes, we can start to dream of some of the other players winning the Masters, and maybe one or two other majors, while Tiger plays himself back into form. But hey, make hay while the sun shines because, like it or not, he will soon be back on top of the golf world - which is where he belongs. Go Tiger.

  • Comment number 93.

    I couldn't agree more Roger; that is on your points about Woods' golfing attributes. When it comes to the other attributes that the true 'greats' have or had, such as humility, personality, grace, charm, wit, etc; etc; then sadly TW will never be able to match up. He's no kid any more so there can be no excuses for the type of behaviour he displays both on and off the course. He's the best golfer there has ever been, but not the best sport. I also agree (sadly) that he'll very quickly be back on top of the golfing world, but whether he belongs there is another matter all together.

  • Comment number 94.

    This is the most over-blown, sensationalized story that has ever been associated with golf. This tabloid bullox is so very tedious.... Arnie would have been in a heap of trouble if his exploits had been in the day of 24/7 news coverage, twitter, facebook, etc....

  • Comment number 95.

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  • Comment number 96.

    Crocodile...

    I see you've gone with Mr Casey for The Masters. Do you think he has the bottle to win a Green jacket? I realise that its right up his ally but I cant help feel that he has a little more maturing to do. I think your top 5 is pretty solid, however I think Choi is a non starter unless he wins this week or next.

 

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