Good morning. It’s time for confession.
Tiger Woods will make his first public comment since he crashed his Escalade into a tree and news broke of his infidelity three months ago. I’ll be here to blog immediately following the “passive” news conference — it was announced he will not take questions from three wire service reporters — and get your thoughts on the matter.
You already know what I think. I believe Woods is either getting bad advice or not listening to good advice. He seems less concerned about contrition and the healing process than he does controlling a situation that has long since been out of control.
A few things I didn’t address in last night’s column that you might find interesting:
♦ Want to get a bet down on what Woods says? There’s still time. The folks at Bodog.com are taking wagers on how many times Woods says the word, “sorry” (over-under is 5 1/2). At 5-to-4, “sorry” also is the slight favorite to be the most uttered word you can bet, followed by “family” (3-2) and “apologize” (5-2).
Will Woods wipe a tear from his face? Odds say no. Will he name the next tournament he plays? No is a slight favorite. A release from the British office of Bodog also is posting odds on whether Woods mentions Nike (6-4), car (4-1), addiction (6-1), demons (12-1), retirement (16-1), gambling (25-1) or sex (25-1). No word on whether there’s a car-addiction-sex parlay.
♦ The 950-member Golf Writers Association of America has decided to boycott the event because pool reporters would not agree to the ground rules of not being allowed to ask questions. GWAA president Vartan Kupelian said, “To limit the ability of journalists to attend, listen, see and question Woods goes against the grain of everything we believe.”
♦ Woods will return to therapy after the press conference, according to a letter obtained by PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem by the Associated Press. “As we understand it, Tiger’s therapy called for a week’s break at this time during which he has spent a few days with his children and then will make his statement before returning,” Finchem said in the letter. ”Accordingly, there was very little flexibility in the date for the announcement.” The letter shed no light on whether Woods plans to return to the tour anytime soon.
Nobody can be certain on what Woods will say or who will be in the room with him at the TPA Sawgrass in Florida.
Anybody have any thoughts on whether Elin Nordegren will attend?