February 19th, 2010
06:10 PM ET

Tiger rules in a Woods world

Tiger Woods stated the obvious. How could he not feel ashamed, selfish, irresponsible and foolish over his behaviour?

Tiger Woods hugs his mother having given his scripted speech (Getty Images).
Tiger Woods hugs his mother having given his scripted speech (Getty Images).

If he had said otherwise he would have shown even more disrespect to his wife, fellow pros and those who administer the game.

At least he faced the public, rather than hiding behind his website where he has apologised before. But this has done nothing to rebuild his image.

He is asking the media to leave his family alone because he brought this all on them but he is choosing to spoon feed the public what he decides they need to hear. Is he still entitled to do this? I don’t think so.

You can’t have it all your own way, yet he wrote in his statement: “I was wrong, I was foolish, I don’t get to play by different rules. The same boundaries that apply to everyone else apply to me.” Judging by his actions today, Tiger still plays by Tiger’s rules.

Questions like: What was behind the car crash in November? You admit to being unfaithful but was it on multiple occasions? Do you still have the same hunger as a golfer? Can you ever be as intimidating as a player if you come back? The list of questions goes on.

I applaud the American Golf Writers’ Association decision to boycott the event and not succumb to the demands of the Tiger camp. Their desire to control everything is arrogant and disrespectful to fans who want the hard questions asked.

I hope that he faces an unrestricted press meeting. By not doing it now the circus will take another hiatus as he goes back into rehab only to start up again when he returns.

I am not saying this because we all want the gory details of what he was up to in his private life but for the benefit of moving on from the whole drama.

This week at the Accenture Matchplay the players’ focus has been drawn to Tiger once again and they are frustrated by it. The next episode will add to their frustrations.

Tiger admitted during his speech that after 45 days of rehabilitation (exactly what the rehab is we don’t know because we are not allowed to ask) he has a long way to go.

Judging by that, he is a long way off from returning to the game that quite frankly was carrying on just nicely this week in Arizona until he stole the stage.

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