If the gossip website Radar
is correct and Tiger Woods has
indeed left the Gentle Path sex
addiction rehab clinic in Hattiesburg, Miss., well, who among us doesn’t wish
him the best?
Forget for the moment his
return to golf; the man has his work cut out for him earning his wife’s trust
and forgiveness.His mother’s, too.The kids are probably too young to know
what’s going on. What his millions of fans around the world will feel upon his
return is probably a mixed bag.
The men I talk to, for the
most part, shrug and say, "That fool screwed up big time."
On the other hand, knowing
the temptations Tiger likely faced
on a daily basis, men also seem to be more willing to eventually close the door
on this ugly chapter.That door
will close all the quicker if Tiger’s return, whenever it is, is highlighted by
an victory of Secretariat
Women, they’re another
story.The women I’ve talked to
don’t seem nearly so ready to forgive and forget.They think Tiger
is a rotten, low-down dirty dog, and they seethe with rage over the shock, betrayal
and humiliation Elin must have felt.Can Tiger earn back female fans’ trust and respect, let alone Elin’s?Women shake their heads.Not likely.
A newspaper in Melbourne,
Australia purports to have inside info that Tiger will return to action in mid-February at the Accenture Match Play Championship.Don’t count on it. For one thing, Tiger has never been a big fan of match
play, even if he has won it three times.If that tournament wasn’t one of the World Golf Championship events, he’d like skip it every year.
For another thing, the
sponsor, Accenture, was one of the
early corporations to publicly dump its endorsement deal with Tiger, saying he "no longer fit the
company’s image." Tiger, a
well-known holder of grudges, will not be doing Accenture any favors anytime soon.
also a given that when Tiger does
return to golf, we will want to make a statement by winning and winning
big.You know, show’em that
the High Sheriff is back in town. Unless
he has been secretly pounding balls by moonlight out behind the Gentle Path clinic, even the great Tiger is going to need some time to
knock the rust off his game.
What is unknowable at this
point is what Tiger is thinking, or
what he wants from golf and life from this point forward.We’ll find out soon enough, but not
before Tiger is ready to tell us.
Word just in from Golf
Channel that the network is launching a morning show, beginning in January.
Here’s the full
Fla. (Sept. 15, 2010)
– Golf Channel announced today
that it has greenlit the network’s first-ever morning
show. Tentatively titled Dawn
Patrol and currently in development, the show is slated to debut in
to air live, weekdays from 7-9 a.m. ET
from Golf Channel’s Orlando, Fla.,
studios, the show will feature news and commentary on the biggest sports and
news stories of the day.
a news/talk show format, the sports-driven morning show will place an emphasis
on golf while also offering a fresh perspective on topical news, sports and pop
program will feature field reporting and an array of in-studio guest
appearances from a variety of industries. Golf
Channel currently is searching nationwide to cast the program’s two
wanted to introduce a morning show to Golf
Channel for a number of years and felt that now was the right time," said Tom Stathakes,
Golf Channel senior vice president
of programming, production and operations. "Tackling everything from Tiger Woods to Brett Favre, the show’s format will be unlike anything we’ve done
before and we are very excited to be launching it in 2011."
The latest edition of the National Enquirer is out with
more juicy tales about Tiger.
In the Feb. 8, Nat Enq (The main
cover story is Oprah
& Stedman’s BIG GAY LIE EXPOSED!), the tabloid reports:
-- "I hate myself," or so Tiger is
said to have cried out during a "total breakdown" the day before wife Elin
was scheduled to arrive in Hattiesburg, Miss., for a five-day visit, at Gentle Path
sex addiction center.
-- The magazine said that as
Week" drew closer, during which Tiger must come clean to Elin
about his affairs, he became increasingly "freaked out" and "emotional" and wanted to leave the sex
addiction facility.‘I can’t do
this," cried Tiger,
according to one source
The tabloid quoted a "close
source" as saying, "It scared the hell out of Tiger that he had to confess to his
wife that there are more women in his past than the list of bimbos she knows about."
If you’ve lost count, the
current tally is 19 and counting.
-- For the first two weeks at GentlePath, Tiger had a
room to himself but he now has a roommate, and the "lack of privacy has started
to get to him."
-- For a time, he was
working out in the mornings at a local YMCA, until the photographers began hanging
out near the center.
-- Gentle Path experts are concerned that Tiger is
"not accepting full blame for his fall – and the golfer points to Elin
as part of the problem," a source told the tabloid.Tiger reportedly said he became "weak" out of sexual frustration.
-- Tiger is filled with shame, the source
told the Enquirer,
and he is "afraid to go out in public and play golf again, because he believes
everyone who thought he was a hero now views him as a low-life."
-- Tiger is "itching to get home" but he
fears that the Gentle
Path staff will insist that he stay longer than most other patients.Desperate to save his marriage, he will
do whatever they request.
ORLANDO – I walked the
floor of PGA
Merchandise Show for hours this morning and never found a thing that is turning
heads this year.
Yes, there are new offerings
by club manufacturers, as there are every year, but nothing is taking the 2010
show by storm.Most years, there
is a buzz about something; not this year.No giant technological leaps forward this year, no new breakthrough products.
This is my first time at the
show in four years.I came for
five or six straight years, until several of the top manufacturers began to
pull out one by one, costing the show a lot of its luster and appeal.But after hitting bottom a couple
of years ago, when attendance was way down and new product buzz was zilch, the
annual confab seems to be on a slightly upward trajectory again.It’s still not what it once was, and
probably won’t be again anytime soon, maybe ever, but the buzzards are no longer
During the boom years, the
anchors of the show were mammoth million-dollar "booths" erected by Titleist, Nike,
Callaway, TaylorMade, Ping and several others. TaylorMade and Nike aren’t
even here this year – at least not their club divisions.
If you’re in the golf
business, however, the PGA Show is still a place to see and be seen, to catch up with
friends and colleagues from around the industry.
Reading Alan Shipnuck’s
weekly Mailbag column for Golf.com, l couldn’t help but chuckle when I read the following letter/response.He pretty much summarizes everything you
need to know about the relationship, or lack thereof, Tiger
has had with me and everybody I know in the media:
the like never cared about whether Tiger put them on the DNR (do not
resuscitate) list so they went after him. Now it seems that golf writers are
emboldened to take shots too. How long will you guys stay so bold when the
Mighty One returns? Won't you all fear being put on his naughty list? TMZ
doesn't need Tiger. They move on. You live and die by the guy. Also, do you
fear him remembering how bold you were during his absence and that you might be
black listed? —Lenny Johnson
Even before Tiger's crackup, I would get variations of this question all
the time. There seems to be a widespread belief that reporters live in mortal
fear of somehow being blacklisted by Woods. The truth is that no one was
getting much access before and he's going to be even more locked-down in the
future, so who cares if doesn't like what we're writing? A couple of years ago John Garrity
wrote a long, engaging cover story about Tiger. He was
granted an audience with Woods that lasted exactly ten minutes. Those were the
good old days? I think Tiger's dealings with the media will be downright Nixonian upon his return.