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Tale of the Tiger
December 4, 2009 - Neil Rudel
I've been watching this mess from a distance, from the opening report of "Tiger Woods injured seriously in car crash" to the soap opera that has now unfolded.
While everyone from Jim Rome on down thinks Tiger needs to get out in front of this better and "own it," even though I'm in the media, I can not see the purpose of a press conference.
He's made a statement, admitted his "transgressions." End of story.
What's he going to say and why should he dignify the feeding frenzy of the tabloids?
Obviously when one of the most famous people in the world is racing down his driveway at 2:30 in the morning and his wife allegedly smashes out a window to assist his rescue with one of his golf clubs, there's trouble in paradise.
I highly doubt he'll acknowledge much beyond that in anything less than a controlled interview (re: Oprah). Nor should he have to.
Woods seems to be the kind of person who has guarded himself as much as possible while living a public life. He doesn't overly elaborate on his golf game, much less his personal life.
Clearly there are problems in Woods' marriage and if reports are true there have been other partners virtually since he walked down the aisle with his wife, Elin.
That makes him closer to most of the alleged role models throughout the sports world.
The bottom line on how he recovers in the public eye will be determined by how well he drives and putts in 2010.