Friday 24 November 2017

Please Tiger, let clubs do the talking

Karl MacGinty

IS anyone else bored with all this grovelling and dewy eyed, finger-wringing by Tiger Woods.

The Golf Channel and ESPN both broadcast 'exclusive' interviews with Woods on Sunday evening -- ironically, just in time to drown out coverage of Jim Furyk's rain-delayed final surge for victory at The Transitions Championship.

To their credit, US network CBS turned down the same invitation to tape an interview with Woods on the Isleworth Estate in Orlando, where he lives.

They were unwilling to accept the only restriction required by Tiger's management team -- that each interview would last only five minutes.

That was just enough time for Woods to make a few pertinent points in response to worldwide accusations of cynicism and insincerity when the announcement that he'd play next month's US Masters so soon after his solemn suggestion at Sawgrass that he'd no idea when he would return.

In their rush to cover as many bases as possible, neither interviewer could really probe the substantive issues.

Not least, Tiger's decision to seek treatment from Canadian Dr Anthony Galea, who was not licensed to practise in Florida and who is facing charges in Toronto of conspiring to smuggle banned substances, including Human Growth Hormone, across the border with the US.

Okay, no questions were barred but the interviews fell so far short of full and frank disclosure by Woods, they served no useful purpose except his own and the interests of his marketers.

Perhaps some of the people heading for Augusta will be fooled by this window-dressing. I for one would appreciate it if Tiger simply shut the hell up and let his golf clubs do the talking from now on!

Irish Independent

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