Tiger Woods has come out of his self-imposed exile and will speak Friday, Feb 19 about what has transpired in the last three months and what his plans are for the future. The world will be watching, and the world will likely be disappointed. Tiger will reportedly speak from a prepared statement for about five minutes and will take no questions from the media. In fact, the media isn’t even allowed in. They will be covering the “event” from the Sawgrass Marriott convention center in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, about a mile down the road from the PGA Tour HQ, where Tiger’s statement will take place.
The timing of his statement has been questioned and criticized, taking place on in the middle of the Accenture World Match Play Championships, rather than on a Monday, which is usually a travel day on the PGA Tour. Accenture was the first of Tiger’s sponsors to drop him when the sex scandal broke. Is this a jab at his former sponsor? I doubt it, but some have questions. Ernie Els told Golfweek magazine after Woods’ announcement that his statement was “selfish.” “I feel sorry for the sponsor. Mondays are a good day to make statements, not Friday,” he told the magazine. “This takes a lot away from the golf tournament.”
Tiger’s statement has been orchestrated in White House style, with a few select friends and media members attending, but the rest of the mob forced to cover it via video. In other words, Tiger is ready to make a statement but he doesn’t want to answer the tough questions. The questions everyone seems to want an answer to. Tiger has been very consistent throughout his career in declining the media any access to his personal life, and it doesn’t look like he’s about to change. Tiger is know for doing things his way, and it doesn’t appear that he will let the media change him.
It’s relieving that Tiger is finally coming out and speaking about the scandal that has dominated golf and his life since Thanksgiving of 2009, but I’m afraid this isn’t over. You see, Tiger isn’t about to reveal the deepest darkest secrets of his life on a public stage. His statement on Friday will no doubt leave people with more questions than answers, and Tiger will have to deal with the media circus every time he steps into the public for some time. That is, until he wins another major…
Here’s a great video from Stephanie Wei of Weiunderpar.com that shows you the kind of outrage some media members are feeling about the timing and details of this announcement:
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