On stage, Woods performs as well as we could’ve expected

Tiger Woods faced the music in a news conference, and he handled it just fine.

Tiger Woods faced the music in a news conference, and he handled it just fine.

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.

85 comments Add your comment

DDT

April 5th, 2010
3:13 pm

DDT

April 5th, 2010
3:14 pm

Just like Tiger.

DDT

April 5th, 2010
3:15 pm

Look, a cluster of DDTs.

Tiger is Scum

April 5th, 2010
3:16 pm

Who cares? This guy is scum. I don’t care if he never wins another tournament. No class!

DDT

April 5th, 2010
3:16 pm

HELLO, anyone out there?

Gorilla Fart

April 5th, 2010
3:18 pm

Tiger wins Masters and returns to Gatorade bottles everywhere!

Tiger looks good in green

April 5th, 2010
3:19 pm

Whip’emm Tiger and get yourself a new green sport coat!

AJ

April 5th, 2010
3:20 pm

DDT, why does it matter that you are first to respond to an article you did’t write. I’ve never understood that.

John Q. Public

April 5th, 2010
3:21 pm

All’s forgiven. Hey, where could I buy a hat like Tiger was wearing and that shirt with the gray, yellow and pink stripes?

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

April 5th, 2010
3:21 pm

Hope he gets it all together and saves his family. I’m really glad he’s back on tour, as he is the best. If it’s Tiger against the field, the smart money is on Tiger.

Warren Smith

April 5th, 2010
3:21 pm

@Tiger is Scum,

You don’t even have enough intestinal fortitude to use your real name on a blog, but this man is facing the world and answering questions that are quite frankly none of our business.

Tiger is Scum

April 5th, 2010
3:22 pm

Money can’t buy happiness. Just ask Elvis, or Michael, or Howard, or Kurt, whom ever. Money gets you whores, drugs, fame, whatever, but loving your wife and kids, being a decent human being, and being self-less is indeed honorable. This piece of trash is none of those. Enjoy your boat, women and exclusive hotel rooms brother, cause that will be all that you have. How about a chili-dip for us on 18?

DDT

April 5th, 2010
3:22 pm

AJ, there are most likely a lot of things in this world you dont understand.

Dr Fever

April 5th, 2010
3:22 pm

Platement??? Platelet maybe? And who gives a flying leap about Tiger, before or after Nov 2009?

AJGREENFAN

April 5th, 2010
3:23 pm

Let’s Go Tiger

BK

April 5th, 2010
3:24 pm

AJ, because this is a sports blog and sports are about competition. Winners finish first. Losers loiter around post No. 8 and ask silly questions about why competitive people want to be first.

Defacto Dawg

April 5th, 2010
3:24 pm

Jeff,

I agree with your assessment. I think he has mis-handled this from the start but from what I was able to see, Tiger appeared more humble than he ever did prior to this period of turbulence.

Now it is time for the mainstream media to move on to more important issues. Leave the remnants of this dead horse to the scandal sheets and mindless entertatinment gossip sites.

Tiger is Scum

April 5th, 2010
3:25 pm

Warren, I do know how to treat my family and honor decency. Yes, none of our business, but it seems to be thrust on us at every turn. Be a star, get bucks for endorsements, you sign up for it. If I buy a gatorade, I can forward an opinion.

TigerMania

April 5th, 2010
3:26 pm

Yes, Jeff is satisfied so everyone needs to back off now.

gdawginkalamazoo

April 5th, 2010
3:26 pm

Hey Jeff, was that a TAG HER watch Tiger was wearing?

Jon

April 5th, 2010
3:29 pm

He’s back and the PGA breathes a HUGE sigh of relief as regular sports fans will start watching golf again. The sport is nothing without him whether golf snobs will admit it or not. Go look at TV ratings with and without Tiger for very clear proof. Can’t wait for Thursday!

SOS

April 5th, 2010
3:30 pm

Good luck Tiger at the Masters and with you life. You answered more stupid questions than I would have about what happened in your personal life.

Cleotis Dapslapper

April 5th, 2010
3:32 pm

Does Tiger look heavy? What I mean to say – has he put on a few L B’s?
Must be those rehab hotdogs they serve.

Mike (Original Formula)

April 5th, 2010
3:32 pm

Bold Prediction: Tiger wins more Majors. I know he said if he wins a few more along the way then so be it, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say he already knows that his immediate and future performance can either enhance this fiasco or make the whole thing seem like a distant memory. In other Bold Predictions I predict the winner of this year’s tourney will receive a green jacket.

Warran Smith

April 5th, 2010
3:34 pm

You are right, I am gullable and infatuated with golf pros. Morals and ethics do count for something. He needs to be held accountable.

We Own You

April 5th, 2010
3:35 pm

Tiger doesn’t owe any of us a damn thing. Hit ‘em hard and straight, Tiger. I’m ready to watch you win.

STX

April 5th, 2010
3:36 pm

Tiger is Scum, try kool-aid instead of gatorade if you dont want to buy products hes getting paid to promote. As far as your opinion, unless you drink some bad gatorade who cares.

I like golf not tigger

April 5th, 2010
3:36 pm

JEFF??? SO now everyone should back off? Are you kidding me? Another controlled PR session where he received nothing but softball questions? Get real Jeff. Let’s wait on the real world outside of Augusta. I suspect he will hear some doozies at some of the “real” golf courses where people can express themselves more fully. I think you are no different from all of the other jock sniffers who have never had the guts to take him to task for his attitude and lack of respect for the game. There are millions of folks in this country who are fed up with Tigger and his crap- his arrogance on the golf course and the way he treats fans.So please take your back off comments and take a hike.

Cleotis Dapslapper

April 5th, 2010
3:39 pm

Bolder Prediction: Tiger wins more majors, nobody cares. Writes him off as a personal wreck and deplorable human being. Jack and Arnold stay number 1 in our hearts and most respected as golf heros. Tiger gets in line with ARod, Ray Lewis, and OJ.

All I'm Saying...

April 5th, 2010
3:41 pm

Jeff:

All in all, I agree that it was a satisfactory press conference performance by Tiger but, as someone who watched it online, I think he said way more about the [tense] state of affairs in his household [very tense] with that terse answer to the question about Elin attending [did you figure out that things are tense with the wife?] than he did with his polite and lengthier answers to the HGH question.

In any case, i wish him well with his play this week and with being a better person the rest of his life (which is a challenge that is a day-by-day proposition for all of us).

johnd

April 5th, 2010
3:41 pm

To: “Tiger is scum”
Well you sound like a saint or a holy. God look yourself first in the mirror and tell us your purity. Even a stone would change overtime of its physical appearance. But you know what, you are anything but clean.

mike

April 5th, 2010
3:41 pm

I feel bad for him the way the media sifted through his life and and his action of infildatey made itr 10 times worse but im glad that he has his life in order and his wife stayed with him and now he is on the straight and narrow and going to win many more tornamets

Corporate America

April 5th, 2010
3:41 pm

Would you say that having seen his press conference today that you’d be (more/less/no difference/don’t know) likely to purchase goods and/or services endorsed by Tiger Woods. Register your response at 1-888-SUC-KAHS.

Tiger is Scum

April 5th, 2010
3:44 pm

STX – get real. I don’t buy it because of Tiger. I buy it to drink. Of course he does(did) get royalty dollars but not anymore. We ALL pay for these endorsements on way or another. You used to be able to not support a decision by a sports team or program by not attending. Not anymore, there are so many corporate dollars being spent that there really isnt a personal way to “protest” behavior/decisions etc. And there are plenty of people who care about my opinion – you probably read my blog every day…moron.

Clay

April 5th, 2010
3:44 pm

We Own You, are you my mortgage holder, or President Obama?

matt r

April 5th, 2010
3:44 pm

Not to pile on, but he could have reduced the piling on to begin with if he had not been in damage control mode for four months.

Winkasdad29

April 5th, 2010
3:45 pm

Tiger Woods owes us no explanation for his personal life! To us, he is the world’s top golfer. Last I checked, we don’t live with Tiger and his wife. For someone to say he’s scum is out of line because you don’t know him. Let him and his wife work out their problems, and we need to butt out!

Tiger is Scum

April 5th, 2010
3:46 pm

Johnny D, I don’t cheat on my wife. Or is that old school?

Cleotis Dapslapper

April 5th, 2010
3:47 pm

Really, is Tiger fat?

gbal

April 5th, 2010
3:50 pm

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Tiger is Scum

April 5th, 2010
3:50 pm

Public eye + Public Dollars = Public scrutiny. He is wide open and deserves all he gets. In the words of my little e-trade friend, I will no longer refer to him as Tiger, but Shankapodumous.

gbal

April 5th, 2010
3:51 pm

“Time to back off”….. “I’ll have more later” ??? Just doesn’t sound exacty like you mean it Jeff.

Clay

April 5th, 2010
3:52 pm

I thought Tiger seemed a lot more sincere than in that Feb thing, when he read his sentences. Today he said, “I want to be a better man,” and it looked like he meant it.

A good friend of mine used to say about people, “a leopard can’t change his spots.” I guess we’ll find out if a tiger can …

Dan

April 5th, 2010
3:52 pm

What he earns on the course from the tournaments is about playing the game, what he earns off the course is about being a celebrity. In other words he earns a heck of a lot of money to be a promoter and role model, which he was glad to take and indeed pursued. So much of the scrutiny is justified, or at least as justified as the praise (and attendent riches) for how it was perceived he lived his life prior.

4 Jacks

April 5th, 2010
3:52 pm

Same old softball questions…Jeff is everybody really afraid of this disrespectful lowlife? Or is it that they don’t want to offend the Master’s administration, thereby losing their credentials? Same old stuff from Mr. Woods. He only came back for the Masters because he knew he would be protected, and could still control the media. The guy is not only disrespectful to his wife, kids, and media, but seems to be a little cowardly also. He is just using the Masters, like he has used everything, and everyone in his life.

shaggy

April 5th, 2010
3:54 pm

It just thrills me that Tiger’s answers satisfied J. Schultz. I thought the world would certainly end if Schultz hadn’t been satisfied. He is every athlete’s moral compass and has the right to be miffed at Tiger, which would immediately make clocks start spinning backwards. In other words, who cares a rats patootie what Schultz is satisfied with. I just want to see Tiger play and WIN!

Tiger is Scum

April 5th, 2010
3:56 pm

By the way Johhny D, I just back from looking in the mirror and guess what? I did not see anyone who cheats on his wife! I also didn’t see any steriod use, cheating, stealing, or murdering. No I am not perfect, but these guys we put on a pedastal live without rules. Why worship them? Because he can hit a ball in the hole? You might need to look in the mirror and see if you can find any self confidence.

Pago Pago Trojan

April 5th, 2010
3:56 pm

All normal men like blond bombers, does this mean we’ll all sick also!

Tiger is Scum

April 5th, 2010
3:58 pm

Dan, well said. Much better presentation and articulate than most, including me.

Sandy Lyle

April 5th, 2010
3:59 pm

Glass houses, people, glass houses.
Whether Tiger is sincere or not, it is NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.
Buying a bottle of Gatorade does not make it your business.
Tiger owes you nothing.
And what he owes his wife and family has nothing to do with you.
So watch the golf tournament and shut the #(*&(R&(*@ up.