Yesterday Tiger Woods made his first public appearance since Golf Channel anchor Kelly Tilghman’s comments suggesting players “lynch him in a back alley.” To this point Tilghman still has her job, though the editor of Golfweek was turfed over a cover story on the issue.
Saying the issue was “more media-driven than anything else,” Woods called Tilghman’s gaff “unfortunate.”
“Kelly and I did speak. There was no ill intent. She regrets saying it. In my eyes, it’s all said and done.”
Woods spoke at the Tiger Woods Learning Center, where he announced a contest for children to talk about their first “fist-pump” moment.
Of course Woods could have helped “his friend” Tilghman out if he had simply issued his own public statement sometime over the last two weeks. Instead he had his agent make a comment and stayed silent. However, with this latest remark it would seem likely that issue may finally start being put to rest, though it will undoubtedly resurface when Tilghman returns to work. The verbal misstep will put an extraordinary amount of pressure on the annoucer and put her under an even bigger microscope. I doubt she’ll last with that kind of scrutiny. The Golf Channel may keep her on for the remainder of the year, but expect an announcement that she’s being replaced at some point over the next year.