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Woods to ask forgiveness Friday

Posted on: February 17, 2010 3:04 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2010 11:07 pm

There will be no appearance on Oprah, no chat with Larry King, and though the subject matter would certainly fit, no screaming from Jerry Springer's couch, either.

Three months after his solo car crash started a chain of events that precipited the biggest fall from grace of any prominent sports figure, Tiger Woods is going to beg forgiveness -- on his own, tightly controlled terms.

What, you're surprised?

Making his first public comments since before his long-running sex scandal began, the world No. 1 will make a press statement before a small, mostly hand-picked group Friday at 11 a.m. outside Jacksonville, Fla., where he is expected to offer an apology for what he recently characterized as "transgressions."

Woods won't field questions and will appear before a contingent of friends, business associates, PGA Tour personnel, corporate types and a group of six reporters. His comments be broadcast live via a video feed from inside the clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass, a few yards from tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Before the press conference was announced, Woods' publicist spoke with the president of the Golf Writers Association of America, who helped select which reporters would be allowed to attend. Woods' publicist said Woods mostly plans to explain himself and fall on his sword.

"That's it," said Vartan Kupelian, the GWAA president. "He just wants to come out and tell his side of the story. Not even so much that, but to mostly apologize and to see if he can start making amends."

How much illumination will be shed on the state of his family life, his playing schedule or his extra-marital activities of the past few years will be left solely up to Woods. The attendees were screened and could include Woods' mother and Nike officials in the group of approximately 30 that will be allowed to listen in person, Kupelian said.

The Golf Channel will broadcast the Woods statement live, beginning at 10:30 a.m., which conceivably could produce the highest rating in the network's history.

Woods, who has been romantically linked with more than a dozen women, including a couple of porn stars, has been on an indefinite break since the scandal began with a mysterious solo car crash outside his Orlando on the morning after Thanksgiving. His only comments have been made via his website and he hasn’t said anything since Dec. 11, when he announced he was withdrawing from tour competition.

Reporters from three major wire services have been green-lighted to attend, and Kupelian said three other pool reporters will be granted access: Kupelian, formerly of the Detroit News; Bob Harig, a writer from; and a third reporter from a national golf magazine are expected to be admitted. Kupelian invited Mark Soltau of Golf Digest to serve as the magazine representative, but hadn't heard whether he could attend. Golf Digest pays Woods a fee to write instructional articles for the magazine and Soltau, a member of the GWAA board, is employed by Woods to write stories for his website.

In typical Woods fashion, he didn't seem too concerned with other issues in golf, namely that the richest tournament of the year to date is being held this week in Tucson, the Accenture Match Play Championship.

Then again, Accenture was the first company to drop Woods as a spokesman in the aftermath of the sordid scandal. The timing of the announcement was entirely Woods' call, the spokesman told Kupelian.

When Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, was asked if the news conference could have waited until after the Accenture tournament, Steinberg told the Associated Press, "No."
"This is all about the next step," Steinberg told the A.P. "He's looking forward to it."

Steinberg characterized the invitees as "small group of friends, colleagues and close associates," so pretty clearly, Woods won't address any issues he isn't comfortable with.

If he addresses many at all.

Woods posted the following on his website Wednesday afternoon:

"Tiger plans to discuss his past and his future, and he plans to apologize for his behavior.

"While Tiger feels that what happened is fundamentally a matter between him and his wife, he also recognizes that he has hurt and let down a lot of other people who were close to him. He also let down his fans. He wants to begin the process of making amends, and that's what he's going to discuss.

"His remarks will be open to a press pool for live coverage. It is not a news conference."

That much is pretty clear. This is an exercise in toxic cleanup and finally getting in front of a story he has avoided for parts of four months.

Steinberg issued a press release noting that other reporters excluded from the session would be allowed to watch from a nearby room ... located a mile away at the Sawgrass Marriott. It read: "As a courtesy, there will be a room made available at a nearby conference center for credentialed reporters."

The bolded type was supplied by Steinberg himself. In other words, TMZ, Radaronline, the National Enquirer and the other tabloids that have been breathing down Woods' neck since Thanksgiving needn't bother coming.

In another curious development, PGA Tour Commissioner Finchem seemingly confirmed Wednesday that Woods had been in sex rehab, which had been reported by various tabloids, but few mainstream media outlets. Of course, given the multiple issues Woods has been wrestling with, rehab is a term that could have several applications.

"I don't know what his plans are in terms of what he's going to say," the commissioner said from the press room in Arizona. "I don't know what he's going to do after he finishes his rehab."

Players in Arizona wondered whether Woods was being vindictive -- hardly an unknown character trait for him -- with his timing. He had three months to stand up and account for his actions, and he picked this weekend.

“I suppose he might want to get something back against the sponsor that dropped him,” Rory McIlroy told reporters, though Golfweek reported that the comment was magically edited out of the tour's supposedly verbatim transcript.

Ernie Els was even less magnanimous, as players in Tucson felt the life being sucked out of theior tournament by Woods' ego.

"It’s selfish," he told Golfweek. "You can write that. I feel sorry for the sponsor. Mondays are a good day to make statements, not Friday.”

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Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2010 11:58 am

Elling is an ask hole

Elling is an idiot and a Tiger hater. All of the players on the tour should get down on there knees and thank the Tiger that he is coming back. Without him that tour is a disaster and will go straight down the tubes. Get a grip Ernie, you are nothing and a choker. As for Elling you are just a loser and a hater. Get off the net.  

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2010 10:22 am

Woods to ask forgiveness Friday

Seems to me that the last 2 times they played together, Phil beat Tig the ***

Since: Feb 18, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2010 10:05 am

Woods to ask forgiveness Friday

How do you know your parents and spouse have been faitful?  You seem to be one who holds a grudge for life!

Teach your kids not to make fun of anybody and the world will be a much better place...

Since: Feb 18, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2010 9:57 am

Woods to ask forgiveness Friday

Hasn't won, are you daft or just brain dead. He won a major in 2008 (under 2 years ago), he won 6 times last year including the Fed Ex Cup.
Pay attention prior to voicing your ignorance...

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2010 9:36 am

Woods to ask forgiveness Friday

I doubt he's going to say anything substantive. Like all celebrities and politicians, everything will be scripted. He and his hacks will pick their own media flacks anyway. But then again, that's what Presidents do, so why should Tiger be any different? 

Since: Feb 18, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 9:23 am

Woods to ask forgiveness Friday

The long awaited appearance of Tiger Woods is set for Friday from a golf course. How appropriate I guess. A game which has made him famous and rich is about the only place I think he is ever going to be comfortable. And while we in the media wait with held breaths as to what he is suppose to say, there is nothing that really needs to be said by Tiger other than, " Hey, it is what it is, and that's final."

I heard a news person say they can't wait to hear him speak. About what? About how he has had more women in the last two to three years than most guys have had in a lifetime. We live in a world where we seem to embrace people's problems and ill fated turns of life. It is almost like we want to see someone, especially the elite, have their feet put to the fire and watch them burn. I have often wondered how we would feel if the tables were turned on us, would we still be receptive to the scrutiny that most of us dish out when it is someone else.

Nothing will be gained by Tiger's appearance Friday other than to see when he is going to be back on tour, whether it be the Masters Golf Tournament in April, or the British or US Open later this year.

Most folks who want to hear what his personal life is about really don't care about Tiger the person. It will be like they only want to hear about the backroom shaddy details for their own personal fantasy fulfillment.

Lets push beyond tomorrow. Lets let Tiger speak and be done with it. Lets see him perform in the arena where so many have gained the enjoyment from watching him play. Because beyond the sport, I really don't need to hear from Tiger about what went on beyond closed doors and frankly, neither do you.

Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 9:22 am

Woods to ask forgiveness Friday


I can't believe your lack of comprehension. Of course young Sam Woods doesn't know what's going on yet. It's a simple concept that as soon as he's old enough to understand things he's going to hear all about it and ask his Dad if it's all true. And Tiger won't be able to hide from it.
Come on, Dude. Follow along. You've got to keep up!

Since: Sep 14, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 9:12 am

Woods to ask forgiveness Friday

Tiger Woods to break silence

It won't be a press conference, Tiger Woods' spokesman was quick to tell The Associated Press, but the scandal-plagued golfer will speak publicly for the first time since Nov. 27 when he makes a statement to a select group of reporters at the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedre Beach, Fla., on Friday.

Woods will not take questions.

His spokesman, Mark Steinberg, said Woods will apologize to his fans and talk about his plans for the future.

Woods has been on a reported break from golf since crashing his SUV on Nov. 27 as part of a suspected domestic dispute, and subsequent widespread reporting of numerous extramarital affairs.

I was one of those who had hoped to see Tiger both speak publicly more quickly than he has -- and get back to golf more quickly than he has. We'll see what he has to say.

There's been a great deal of speculation over whether he would return in time for The Masters.

I can't see him making The Masters his return. That would seem to overshadow the event and drag all of his baggage into a venue that you think he'd want to spare that sideshow.

At the same time, both the gallery and media at The Masters are limited. You won't have TMZ running around Augusta National. So I don't think it's out of the question to think he'll be back.

Certainly, it would be A Masters unlike any other.

Since: Feb 18, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2010 8:46 am

Woods to ask forgiveness Friday

Tiger made some big mistakes but will learn from them and move on to play more great golf. You, however, seem determined to continue to make an art form of ignorant and tastelss reporting.

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 7:26 am

Woods to ask forgiveness Friday

So he cheated on his wife, big deal! Not that I am condoning his behavior, but this stuff happens every day. Who cares? He's another media whore like Brett Fav-ruh who can't stand to have the spotlight off of him.

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