Monday, March 22, 2010

Tiger's tale

Tiger Woods is talking.


There are no big surprises from the interviews the golf great granted to The Golf Channel and ESPN Sunday.

He was a bad boy. And he got caught.

I think it was a good idea that Woods talked before he shows up in Augusta two weeks from now for the Masters.

It is not by accident that Tiger will end his exile in the wake of numerous claims of sexual romps with any number of women not his wife on the hallowed grounds of the Augusta National Golf Club.

You almost have to inherit tickets to get into the Masters. It is not like Woods will be playing the Quad Cities Open.

He very likely will get kid glove treatment, by the Masters organizers, his fellow players and – most importantly – the fans.

What I want to see is what happens when Tiger takes his redemption show out to another tour stop, one not nearly so tightly controlled.

How will he react to heckling. This is a guy known to blow up routinely on the course when things are not going his way. It could be explosive.

To be honest with you, Woods doesn’t have to tell me anything. He’s a dog. He cheated on his wife. He’s not the first. I’m not going to condone it. Basically, that’s between him and his wife.

I don’t consider myself morally superior to anyone. I have more than enough foibles to go around.

But I would be lying that I am not extremely interested to see how Woods fares on the course, not off it.

I would not be surprised in the least to see him in a familiar spot, near the top of the leaderboard on Sunday afternoon.

Maybe the greatest revelation of l’affaire Tiger is that, in at least one area, he is not all that different than the rest of us. He proved all too human, something he never seems to be on the course.

Tiger likely is looking to get these interviews out of the way before he arrives at Augusta, so he can concentrate on his golf. That is always the one place where he has been anything but human. Superhuman is more like it.

And I can’t wait to see him back.


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