Tiger Woods to talk

Since allegations of his marital infidelity arose in November, golfer Tiger Woods, known as one of the world's most private and image-conscious sports stars, finds his personal life exposed and scrutinized like never before.
By Howard Kurtz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, February 18, 2010; 9:13 AM

There it was, the lead story on ABC's "World News": Tiger to speak on Friday.

The world's most famous golfer will take no questions; so much for the Oprah route. He will basically deliver a televised mea culpa and hope that he will be allowed to reenter polite society -- and the upcoming Masters.

Will it work? Will Tiger be able to rise above the muck of all the mistresses without taking a single question?

Will society conclude that he has "suffered enough" because he lost all those corporate endorsements and went (though he's never confirmed this) to a sex rehab clinic?

Will his wife be anywhere in the same Zip code?

Do golfing fans want him back bad enough? Ratings for the tour have plummeted 54 percent in his absence.

Remember, he has not appeared in public since the bizarre, late-night crash that led to all the stories about the nightclub hostesses and porn stars and steamy text messages -- since we all lost count of his trail of girlfriends.

"While Tiger feels that what happened is fundamentally a matter between him and his wife," the statement says, "he also recognizes that he has hurt and let down a lot of other people who were close to him." That's big of him.

I think Tiger Woods should eventually be able to return to his sport. This just has an awfully stage-managed feel.

"In a clear-cut message that this Tiger isn't changing his 'control-freak' stripes," says the New York Post, "Woods, 34, is stubbornly refusing to take any questions about his horn-dogging from the few handpicked reporters he is allowing to attend his appearance at PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla."

Says Daily News columnist Mike Lupica: "Woods will be coming back to launch a new, 2010 version of Tiger Woods, the same as if he were launching this year's version of his video game. . . .

"If speaking this way is the best Woods can do, he should skip us and go directly to the golf course. . . . The only thing that really makes all of these people remotely remorseful is that he finally got caught."

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