AUGUSTA — Healing starts with confession. We’ll all find out one day just how truthful Tiger Woods is about what he said Monday. But for now, there’s no reason to find fault with his 34-minute confessional.
Woods answered all questions thrown at him in his first news conference since his life unraveled in late November. There were only two that he gave abrupt answers to: 1) About the absence of his wife, Elin Nordegren, from this week’s Masters (”Elin’s not here. I’m excited to play this week.”); 2) A followup question about his Thanksgiving night car accident, pertaining to his sobriety (”Police investigated the accident. They cited me 166 bucks. Closed case.”)
Woods explained his relationship with Canadian Dr. Anthony Galea, who is under federal investigation for distributing HGH and performance-enhancing drugs, saying, “He did come to my house. He never gave me HGH or any PEDs. I’ve never taken them in my entire life. I’ve never taken any illegal drug.”
He went on to say Galea treated him for a torn knee ligament and a previously undisclosed torn Achilles in 2008. The treatment involved platement-enriched plasma (PEP) treatments, which also is known as “blood spinning.”
And he acknowledged he has had prescriptions for both Vicodin and Ambien, even while not disclosing whether he was on either the night of the accident.
Reaction? Not that he cares, but I’m satisfied.
Woods expressed remorse, maybe more so than even in previous public appearances. He did not at all seem robotic or rehearsed. It really sort of hit home when he was asked about chasing the record for most major championships.
The death of his father, the birth of his children and the tabloid news of his infidelities, he said, “puts it all in perspective. It’s not about championships. It’s about how you live your life and I haven’t done that for a while. I need to do a better job of that from this day forward. If I win championships along the way, so be it.”
Yes, words are one thing and actions are another. But Woods did as well we could have expected. It’s time for everybody to back off.
I’ll have more on the press conference later.