Tiger Woods may be back to playing golf and missing high fives with Steve Williams very soon.
Rumors are starting to float around that Tiger Woods will make his return to competitive golf in Arizona in two weeks at the Accenture Match Play Championship. This is where Tiger staged his comeback from knee surgery last year. Apparently he likes to make comebacks in Arizona at the match play.
Tiger has, according to some sources, been spending some time in a sex addiction clinic in Mississippi.
Why this is a good place for TW to come back, if he does
Many theorized that TW would return at the Masters, where security is tight, crowd control is the best, and privacy is easily attainable. But to come back at the Masters with no warm up would be a tough go for TW to have a chance at winning.
The match play though, is a good option too. The crowds aren’t as big because of the format, and there are chances that TW could have less exposure to the gallery in cases where matches end “x” number of holes early.
If these rumors are true, will Tiger stage a presser away from the course to address the media and make any official statements regarding the state of TW? This is what Geoff Ogilvy (ironically, the winner of the match play event last year) suggests, in order to keep the media circus off the course as much as possible.
Tip o’ the hat to Tom Watson for his strong words about Tiger in Dubai this week
I’ll let the cat out of the bag. Tiger has to take ownership of what he has done. He must get his personal life in order. I think that’s what he’s trying to do. And when he comes back he has to show some humility to the public.
I would come out and I would do an interview with somebody and say, `You know what? I screwed up. And I admit it. I am going to try to change. I am trying to change. I want my wife and family back.
I feel that he has not carried the same stature that other great players that have come along like Jack (Nicklaus), Arnold (Palmer), Byron Nelson, the Hogans, in the sense that there was language and club throwing on the golf course.
You can grant that of a young person that has not been out here for a while. But I think he needs to clean up his act and show the respect for the game that other people before him have shown.
One thing is sure. If and when Tiger addresses any of this with the media, it will be a finely crafted set of words, generated carefully and precisely by his PR engine. Those words will be as bullet proof as possible as they know the media will dissect and criticize every syllable.