July 7th, 2010
11:07 AM ET

So much for the 'new' Tiger

Tiger Woods hardly seemed to relish his appearance in front of the media in Ireland.
Tiger Woods hardly seemed to relish his appearance in front of the media in Ireland.

Dismissive, terse, often rude and not that interested in offering any decent insight to what he thinks about his own game and his preparations for St Andrews.

Welcome back to Europe, Tiger.

Woods’ first press conference in the region after his disgraceful approach to his personal life blew up in his face was a prickly affair. He was at a charity event for the very wealthy Irish businessman J.P. McManus in Limerick, southwestern Ireland.

It was a completely different man than the one we have seen cuddling up to the U.S. media. A week before the British Open celebrates its 150th  anniversary, it looks like Tiger’s lost all interest in being someone close to even likeable in front of the media.

So much for the new Tiger. Remember that? A warmer and more approachable guy. Not even close to it.

Or maybe that’s just his approach on this side of the pond after most of the U.S. golf media has given him one big hug since he returned at The Masters in April. He did not look comfortable in Limerick. He knew there would a little less warmth in the press conference.

His preparations in his bid for a fourth British Open crown and third at St Andrews will see home fly back home to see his kids and then arrive in Scotland on Sunday or Monday to get ready for the event.

He was so dismissive at times and terse in response to questions, that frankly, weren’t that personal. For me, it appeared he really isn’t that juiced up for the third major championship of the year.

He tried to say otherwise with the big revelation that his game was “getting better.” Ok thanks, now I know why the bookmakers have him as favorite to win the British Open this year.

Well, not really - the world number one is favorite merely because of his performances in 2000 and 2005, where he won by five and eight strokes respectively.

His mind's not on it, his heart's not in it - and there is a long way to go before Tiger gets the hunger back, if ever he does.

And based on his attitude towards the people who share his thoughts with the wider world, I look forward to someone who cares winning at St Andrews so we can enjoy an insightful and robust press conference.

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  1. T

    Why does the press continue to "judge" versus report something of substance?

    July 7, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Reply
  2. Jim trotter

    sick of hearing about this arrogant jerk! two words for tiger. after is display in Ireland, he got in his limo, then his private chopper and off ot the castle! wonder haow many broads Mcmanus had lined up for him. two words for tiger..GO AWAY

    July 7, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  3. Tony Boerkamp

    has been! .................. move on with the NEW or other sports hero,s of the moment or week...keep up with the times instead of Woods ..who cares?

    July 7, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Reply
  4. Frank Soto

    This guy is a joke, I really had respect for the guy. He thinks that going back to the gulf coarse means putting everything behind!. I don't think so, what he did to his family and to himself needs alot of therapy. As time goes by ( long time ) he will bounce back on his feet but that time will determine his destiny that as a gulfer but as a human being. Is there restitution?, absolutely but time will determine his future. He's a sick man that needs help.

    July 7, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  5. Bizza

    May Tiger never win a tournament again. He's always been a arrogant, self centered man. O, how the mighty fall!!!

    July 7, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Reply
  6. mellisa

    boo hoo! He cheated on his wife...Life comes full circle Tiger. Your daddy would be proud 🙁

    July 7, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  7. Romeo

    This sounds very biased Mr.Armsden.
    What if he doesnt want to talk about his private life? Its none of our biz and according to the settlement rumors he was willing to hand out a huge sum for Elins complete silence, so no he probably doesnt wanna speak about non golf. He finished way back in the Pro-Am and probably had jetlag. It seems like this event was something that got pushed upon him and he might have been better off just staying at home.
    I hope he will find his major form again at the Old Lady and show us true vintage Tiger. The minor crap tournaments doesnt interest him, its probably just training for him. He has two T5s in majors already and he wasnt far back in US Open for the win.
    The reason I want him to win at St.Andrews is to shut up all those doomsaying, accusing, snooty journalists...its deja vu from his "slump" in 03-04...

    July 7, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Reply
  8. raine

    This journalist needs to get a life. Tiger Woods must be so fed up with the media. He's lost his game but most importantly his family and his children and he's supposed to smile and be happy about it? Dah

    July 7, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  9. arapikos

    There is always the need for time to "cure" when any of us goes through
    personal shortsighted behavior. Until it burns in his chest, he will NOT do any good anywheres. Just be patient and he will make his come back in time–his own time–when he is really ready. All these starts are just "false starts"

    July 7, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Reply
  10. JL

    Everyone should have a second chance,keep beating down Tiger does no good to anyone. Golf needs someone like Tiger until we can find one to replace him.

    July 7, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Reply
  11. Raj Dutta

    I think Justin Armsden is judging Tiger on things other than golf. How he behaves is Tiger;s own problem and right. I hate a psuedo sweet guy playing in front of the camera, and unfortunately golf is all about 'false' humility and sweetness.

    Justin get real!! What a loser this writer is!!

    July 7, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Reply
  12. Jim Neumann

    Ok, I don't really care that much about Tiger's personal life–I think what he did was obviously dumb, he messed up, he may never be the same, or then again he could be. Whatever.

    But I actually wanted to ask, what's with the bad grammar (particularly a lack of punctuation) in this article??? Isn't this CNN? Aren't these writers professionals? Oh well, I guess that's just the English major in me.

    July 7, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Reply
  13. observer

    I think the reason why he isn't doing to well is because he isn't getting any kinky sex. Maybe the reason he was good in the past was because he was getting it on with any 'thing' in a skirt. Sure his affair is personal, but he sold himself as the guy next door with a beautiful wife and family. When in fact it was all for show. Personally, I think he is a loser, but now he needs to get his life back on track and to be honest with himself.

    July 7, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Reply
  14. michael goodwin

    I agree with the poster below me....this is not news this is reporting with a catchy title to pull the readers in.....Ever thought maybe he was having a bad day....the kind of day you were having when you wrote this article?

    July 7, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  15. Bunch of hypocrites

    The reason we always like Tiger Woods was because of his golf skills, not because of his behavior off the golf course...who cares?. I am pretty sure none of you have ever cheat on your wife or girlfriend...yeah, right...

    July 7, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Reply
  16. Chris

    Give the guy a break.
    I can understand that he's fed up with the press.
    The fact that he was/ is an excellent golf player doesn't mean that we own him.
    And for those who judge him: Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.

    July 7, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Reply
  17. Icewaters

    Let the guy be... I think he holds his composure quite well considering if I was in his shoes I would have lost my temper long ago.

    July 7, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  18. Amigo

    Tiger will be back, he is what he is...All the BEST TIGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 7, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  19. Arif Shakoor

    Tiger is back!!!! Now we can expect some Wins ;)))))

    July 7, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  20. Cannondaler

    Tiger isn't the same golfer since the comeback........he's playing just like any other pro golfer out there. He seems to have lost the magic after swearing off the extra-marital nooky. What I think he needs to do is head back to IHOP and order himself a tall stack of buttermilk waitresses. Then perhaps we'll see that old fire return.

    July 7, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  21. Alex Curacao

    Tiger Woods should be given time to bounce back without the media ocnstantly bashing on him. Everyone screws up, and I really hate the people trying to get their 15 minutes of fame on his back.
    Come on Tiger, you can do it!

    July 7, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  22. Del Williams

    I don't blame Tiger. It was the media who thought his private life was their business and pretty much destroyed him and cost him money for doing something over 60% of men do, and it had NOTHING to do with his golf. Since the media keeps trying to add fuel by documenting a lot of bull and paying mistresses for books and TV shows, why should he coddle to the media?

    July 7, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  23. Carol Senal

    The man is a creep!

    July 7, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  24. Jack

    Agree with Jim – this article is loaded with typos or just plain bad grammar and lazy/non-existent punctuation. I had to read a few lines more than once to understand the meaning.

    Other than that, I hope Tiger prowls off into oblivion soon.

    July 7, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  25. Deedee

    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
    Get on with your own lives, live & let live is my motto. Sounds like an awful lot of you are like cats in a litter box, covering your tracks before others twig on to you.

    July 7, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Reply
  26. RLB

    I'd be pissed too if I was about to lose $750,000,000. I wouldnt want to talk to the media either.

    July 7, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  27. Hendu

    Perhaps if reporters at that press conference had focused on Tiger's golf game rather than his personal life, he wouldn't have been so pissed off. Stop asking him about his past transgressions and let the guy play golf.

    July 7, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Reply
  28. Sargent Love

    I used to respect Tiger Woods. But above and beyond his serial sexual indiscretions, what caused him to fall in my mind were the revelations by various parties that he is a miser, a cheapo, and a tightwad, who sits on millions yet is loath to tip minimum wage waitresses who depend on gratuities for their livelihood, and expects eateries to feed him (and his guests) for free for the privilege of having him. To me, this is even more despicable than his sexual escapades. I've lost all respect for him as a person, and think that the only way he could undo his bad image is by doing something really selfless and on a huge scale, like donating all his assets for a good cause, and even better, doing so anonymously. In the meantime, all his corporate sponsors (Nike, TAG Heuer, and others) are seriously tarnishing their image by associating their brands with such a wretch of a man. What are they thinking? I, for one, will shun them until they reform.

    July 7, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Reply
  29. Glenn

    Seriously , who wrote this article ? I bet Tigers press conference had a lot more substance than this silly uninformative article . This is high school level newspaper stuff .

    July 7, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Reply
  30. Hiawa23

    People are funny. People don't genearally change. Did people think Tiger would change? He, like most will say what he thinks you(media) want to hear. I was never a fan of him, not surprised by this, & many really need to stop putting these people on pedestals or something, just cause they are rich or can throw a ball through a hoop. His personal life I really don't care about, but I would think his game would suffer given all he is faced with. He brought it on himself, so no simpathy from me, & it's clear that presser he gave here in the states was just that, lip service. I think he needs to quit faking, he is what he is. I find sports fans funny as many fans need to actually feel good about their sports heroes or their celebrities, like they will sit down & have dinner with them or something. Tiger may never be the same, honestly, it doesn't make my life any better or worse what he does.

    July 7, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  31. unknown

    Everyone needs to get off of Tiger's back. He screwed up. It's not like he killed a man. He cheated on his wife. I don't approve of it, but people are not perfect. Leave the personal life out of it and just worry about golf. We need to stop throwing rocks at Woods because if any of us were in a position like he is, no matter what for, we would crumble under the scrutiny.

    July 7, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  32. Bryan

    Why does everyone care what a golfer does in his private life? Maybe it's because his life is much more interesting than your own.

    He already catches enough s@#$ at home. I think that matter more the Brits and the rest of the world has to offer him right now.

    Play golf Tiger. Let everyone else judge. You should just play.

    July 7, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  33. echo

    its really hell to be a celebrity.

    July 7, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Reply
  34. Nicholas

    Stupid article and an even more stupid headline, he was the object of utter humiliation driven by ineffective media moan clones like you, for him to coose up to you parasites would be two faced. Just face it he is more of a man then you probably are. Why don't you go and get a real job, growing something maybe some vegetables or fruit, something positive in stead writing this rubbish.

    July 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Reply
  35. IC Mack

    Mr. Armsten sorry we're not all perfect like you or the rest of the judging americans out there. Why don't you give the guy a break. Can you blame him for not cozying up to media hacks like yourself?

    July 7, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Reply
  36. john

    He does have some right to be short with the media. He took the time on no rest from the AT&T in the states, flew overnight 7 hours to play in a charity event, receiving no money, having to fly back the next day, all while his game and personal life are a bit of a shambles, and all anyone wants to talk about is how he was short with an overzealous Irish media. Remember this is the same country that had a magazine publish nude photos of his "wife" before the Ryder Cup. I live in Ireland and I can't stand how rude the interviewers can be sometimes, they often cross the line, reference George Bush RTE interview with Carole Coleman. That said, Tiger can be a bit crass, but I think this time people need to give him a break.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  37. Frank

    If Tiger wins at St. Andrews next week, believe me, the last thing he would feel like doing is sit in a room filled of boring, opinionated, life-less journalists with questions like "Tiger, how did you feel after you sunk that 60-footer ?" or "Do you feel like you have now made a complete come-back to the game ?"or "How did you feel when you finally found a proper hamburger restaurant in St. Andrews and donn't have to eat haggis again for another year ? .. Well, how else would you think the guy felt! Great!!!

    Journalists have less than .01% of this man's golfing talent. He doesn't have to answer to anyone, not to fans, not to the PGA, not to the R&A, no one. If journalists want a 'feel good' story, don't write or interview Tiger. I'm sure he won't mind. If I had the gift of talent that Tiger has and won in St. Andrews, I would take my little trophy, fill it up with tequila, take my cheque, hop on my jet filled with babes, and fly to Vegas and party my brains out until a week before the PGA Championship. Then find my pants, my golf clubs, and go win again ...

    July 7, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  38. Grumpy

    Tiger is the best golfer in this day and age... What he does on the coarse is really not my business unless it affects me!

    I know a lot of us would not have the jobs we do if what we did behind closed door was made public...

    The bottom line is, we all need to get a life!

    Do you really thing Tiger is thinking about YOU?

    July 7, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  39. Rich

    You are all just Jealous.. Tiger had and probably still has all the girls and you Justin have none, well.. Please leave Tiger alone he fell on his face and you all still have your foot on his neck. What will happen when he wins again? You will all be rushing to get that interview. What Tiger forgot is all the people he passed on the way up, now that he's down he has no one. Because you guys never really liked him.But if he is a survivor he will rise again and prove that he is one of the best if not the BEST. We all like to judge..I wonder.. all these critics, how many relations have you all had outside of your current or past ones. I'm not agreeing with his behavior but give the guy a break!!!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  40. Marc

    Tiger is the best golfer. Tiger is the man. Tiger is Tiger. What he does in his personal is his business. What he does on the golf course is ours, Tiger brings extra life to the PGA. All you haters, get real. When he starts winning again, i'm sure you all will take the back seat on his bandwagon.

    July 8, 2010 at 4:32 am | Reply
  41. e...

    tiger does what he does best..thats all that should matter...
    he's a sportsman..looking for nice talk to your friends!!!

    July 8, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Reply
  42. ovo

    The reason the press is so much into other people's stuff is that its lacking in substance, and gossip provides the easy way out. If journalists are so obsessed about people's private life's they should post theirs on the newspaper columns, with all honesty. The same newspapers that corrupt the younger generation with page three girls and pornographic images now persecute them as adults for taking the "just do it. dont think about it" route. The press should stop polluting minds by celebrating jordan and similar people, before attacking the likes of Tiger Woods.

    Once the pharisees brought a woman "caught in the very act" to Jesus. In wisdom, he asked whosoever has not committed a sin before should be the first to cast the first stone. They all left in disgrace. They were hyprocrites. The pharisees of today are the press.

    How many times do you want the guy to apologise. Even the picture shows a man in deep contrition. The press will be happy if the guy dies of heart attack or depression and cant sleep until an injection like Michael Jackson.

    Secondly, I always wonder why its right to leave John Terry alone but put DISGRACED as the first name for Ashley Cole and Tiger Woods. Or to leave the liverpool striker caught doing drugs alone (and forgiven) while Sol Cambell and Dwight Chambers must be continously prosecuted.

    Its difficult to reason it out, but as Clegg said of the police "three quarters of the dna data base is comprised of young black men who have done nothing wrong.... and black young boys are six times more likely to be stopped and searched than white.".

    Its difficult to think that the press is also not being institutionally racist and need to clean its acts.

    July 9, 2010 at 10:53 am | Reply
  43. TJ

    I remember Dennis Rodman, he was "celebrated" for his sexual exploits. Why is Tiger different? Could it be because he was living a lie?

    Tiger should realise that people find it difficult relating with a saint. People need somebody that is "real" and not a would be "Ken". He should stop letting his PR people run his life.

    Some folks need tension in their life to perform at their utmost, could Tiger be one of these? Could the absence of stress be what is affecting his game?

    Brother Tiger, live your life!!

    July 10, 2010 at 3:40 am | Reply
  44. segun

    tiger is a good man,he made his mistake and he is coming back mightily.Just watch,GOD is with him now that he has confessed his sins.He will continuing to dominate the world of gulf.

    July 10, 2010 at 10:51 am | Reply
  45. DEEJ

    Maybe the media should start asking him questions about golf, instead of asking him questions about his wife and who he slept with.

    July 10, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Reply
  46. Martin

    Funny, there are really two camps: the ones favoring and supporting him and the ones (now) disliking him (said nicely).

    He was never my favorite, but he was a 100% pro... with prima donna alure... But now in his last interview he showed how cold of a unprofessional person he really is.. When he had the knee injure he could talk about it with the press on how it affected his game and how he would battle it.. Since his 'sex addiction' came out and his marriage collapsed he doesn't want to answer questions zooming in on how this affects his game... cry baby, be a pro Tiger, or do not come at all!

    If I where Nike I would get ride of him quickly cause that way he will start losing them money (at least in Europe...).

    July 11, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Reply
  47. Beth Anne

    I have always admired Tiger for his skills of the game of golf.
    His family life growing up I am certain was wonderful with a father
    who dedicated his life for Tiger in the game of golf.
    He was a dedicated Mentor.

    And the game of golf will go on with or without Tiger. Whoever is next in line to be number one would be exciting.

    But, Tiger makes the game more exciting now because we want to see how his management on the course and who wins is very exciting. For, all of us.

    The people who talk about the fact to move on in life is wonderful.
    The people who say, "Forgive and forget" are probably the ones who
    have cheated on the bosses, girlfriends and wives.
    I don't agree with that. They are just as guilty as Tiger.

    I understand that people make mistakes. But, not to hurt people so
    deeply as to destroy the ones they hurt and to never trust. Now, the
    ones they hurt have to live the hurt and work very hard to move on in life. Life is never fair and everyone has to continue to strive to work through things but to be thrown with such hurt is very difficult to work through. It's just not fair and I personally hurt for Elin and the children.

    It will be with her the rest of her life. But with time, God doe's grace us
    with time to heal.

    July 13, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  48. Paul

    Geez – Give the guy a break. So, he strayed – he's paying the price. Let him get on with being the No. 1 golfer in the world – the one that made fortunes for other less gifted pros, the one that got golfers into the gym, the one the pga tour can't really do without, the one that draws the biggest crowds, the one that advertisers love to see in a tournament and the one that donates millions to his, and other charities. He's a golfer so ask him questions about golf. You know he's not going to divulge info about his private life, yet you continue to ask about it. Is that so you can berate him once again?
    And Beth Anne, a couple of hundred million goes a long way to relieving the pain and suffering.
    If he suddenly decided to quit most of you journalists would be scraping around for something to write about.
    Personally, I hope he wins the open by 10 shots or more. If he can't do it then c'mon Padraig and Rory.

    July 14, 2010 at 9:07 am | Reply

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