Tiger Woods is like this little kid who nobody wants to play with because he has goo all over his hands. A little like Pigpen in Peanuts who has a swirl of dirt and dust constantly around him but who bats .714 for the season. So now Tiger spreads his goo on the Masters, and I, for one, am pissed off. There is no need to taint the greatest tournament of them all. All he needs/needed to do is/was to sit down with the press and answer any questions that come his way. No holds barred. No time limit. Everything answered. Personal. Public. Everything. And do this before the Masters. What’s he trying to do–win the thing before it starts by psyching out all his competitors? Tiger Woods got himself into this mess. Now he’s trying to drag everyone else in and make the Masters into a mess, having his personal enforcer on his bag.
Playing the Masters requires the height of concentration for all competitors. Any unnecessary distractions rob them of the ability to focus on their golf challenges. Tiger shows again how self centered and insensitive he is when it comes to golf and his colleagues. This is not what Buddhism, his mother’s religion and what he was brought up with, is all about. It’s about consideration and compassion and personal responsibility.
Very simply, I appeal to Tiger Woods to spare making the Masters into a media circus, with reporters busting at the seams to get some questions answered. Have a full disclosure, question/answer press conference before the Masters at a neutral location, open to all bona fide press members. Only then can we put this sorry episode behind us and get on with the greatest golf tournament in the world.