After all the lies and rumors, the talk of a return this week at the Accenture Match Play and discussion about playing at the Tavistock Cup in Orlando, Tiger Woods is going to set the record straight. Maybe.
In fact details are sketchy, but Mark Steinberg, Woods’ agent has announced the golfer will make a public statement for the first time since his November car crash on Friday — and apparently Woods’ camp is talking, but not taking questions. In an e-mail to the Bloomberg news agency, Steinberg says Woods will “apologize for his behavior.”
Tiger Woods will be speaking to a small group of friends, colleagues and close associates at 11:00 a.m. EST Friday at the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida (PGA headquarters), said a statement emailed from Woodss agent, Mark Steinberg, and his spokesman, Glenn Greenspan and reported by the Bloomberg news service. Tiger plans to discuss his past and his future and he plans to apologize for his behavior.
ABC News is reporting that the prepared remarks will run for five to seven minutes and that Woods will not take any questions.
The news conference will occur during the middle of the Accenture Match Play Championship, one of the sponsors that dropped him during his sex scandal.
TMZcom .reported that Woods met this week with officials from the Tavistock Cup, an annual two-day exhibition restricted to teams of professionals from a pair of planned Florida golf communities, including Isleworth, where Woods owns a bungalow.
This years event is scheduled for March 22-23, two weeks before the years first major tournament, the Masters in Augusta, Ga.
Woods has been a regular at Tavistock, which began in 2004. Though it is televised, the tournament airs on the smaller Golf Channel and, notes the Boston Globe, media and spectator access is limited.
So what can we expect? If the reports are accurate, one can say an awful lot in six or seven minutes. He’ll surely not talk to specifics, but it is hard to imagine that Woods, who seemed so dismissive of the car accident and resulting furor at the start, will suddenly become all teary-eyed. How will the public take it if Woods isn’t seen as being apologetic for his actions or seems less than sincere? He’s not exactly known for providing much at his press conferences, and though there is much more scrutiny on this one than say his pre-tournament briefing at the Buick Open, can we really expect a Tiger to change his stripes?
And does the world really care now, after the eighth porn star and cocktail waitress has come along peddling her tawdry tales? Strikes me the most heated interest in Tiger-gate might have cooled down, and an admission that he’s made mistakes, but wants to move forward with his life in a positive way could be enough to get him back on a golf course.
However, in the long term everything has changed. The privacy he’s enjoyed is gone. He’ll be hounded for the rest of his public life by star-seekers with telephoto lenses. That’ll surely annoy him — and one has to wonder whether some events — Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, etc. — might be the victim of the increased scrutiny.