He’s been seen playing a round with a PGA Tour buddy.
He’s been seen working with his swing coach.
Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, now a PR gun
for hire, has joined his team to deal with damage control and help
re-create his public image.
Yes, Tiger Woods is coming back.
The world’s greatest golfer announced that he will return to the
game he’s owned by playing in The Masters next month at Augusta,
Ga. (One of my favorite writers, Joe Posnanski, wrote
this about Tiger’s return.)
All eyes will be on 14-time major champion and XX-time (nobody
but Tiger knows how many extra marital affairs he had) cheater. The
Masters will be the most watched tournament in the history of
Don’t kid yourself. Love him or loathe him, you’ll be watching.
You know you will. Won’t you? (Let me know what you think).
I think a lot of people will be pulling him for him. Before, he
seemed almost too perfect. His carefully crafted persona seemed
almost robot-like. He was too good. Even when his golf swing wasn’t
pure, he somehow figured out ways to make seemingly impossible
shots and drain clutch putt after clutch putt.
He was the face of golf with no challengers. As much as you
admired his enormous talent, it was, in a way, easy to root
Sure, he’s probably lost a lot of his fans, especially females.
Now that he’s been exposed, that he isn’t the person everybody
thought he was, he’ll be viewed differently.
Do you think Tiger cares how people react to him?
I don’t think so.
Out in the public, I don’t think you’ll notice much difference
in Tiger Woods. If anything, he’ll probably protect his privacy
more than he did in the past. And that’s OK. I really don’t care
what Tiger does when he’s not on the golf course. I don’t need or
want to know details about his private life anymore than I want to
know private details of Arnold Palmer’s life.
If Woods was cheating on the golf course, or using banned
steroids that helped him become the golfer he is, then it would be
different. But we’re talking about perhaps the most focused athlete
of all time, a guy who has blocked out just about any kind of
pressure imaginable to become the greatest golfer of all time.
Even in this day and age of TMZ and tabloid sleeze, I think
Tiger Wood will show that he’s still the best golfer on the planet.
It won’t surprise me if he wins the Masters.
Tiger’s not a Golf God on a pedestal anymore. Because of all of
his issues, he’s now a bit of an underdog, and you know how America
If I could give him any advice, I’d tell him to lose Ari
Fleischer. Get rid of the PR flak, man. Be real this time. Be