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On Easter, Woods emerges to start comeback

Posted on: April 4, 2010 5:25 pm
Edited on: April 4, 2010 5:30 pm
 

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Tiger Woods hopped out of an electric shuttle cart, sauntered onto the practice range at Augusta National and took a look around.

Make that a long look.

Sure, the professional practice area at the course is brand new and quite a sight to behold, but those who witnessed his arrival on Sunday said he looked slightly perplexed as he stood, alone, for a couple of minutes, drinking in the place.

The Masters driving range aside, that's not all that has changed in golf or his life as he gears up for Thursday's opening round at the season's first major championship. It's probably not the only thing this week that will stop him in his tracks, either.

Woods, who was wearing sunglasses and had longtime caddie Steve Williams in tow, warmed up alongside several other professional players, his trademark TW logo on his golf bag where the corporate insignias used to be. Key phrase: Used to be. His entire landscape has changed, not just the location of a few trees or tee boxes here and there.

"Hey, listen, in life, no one’s perfect," said his old pal, Mark O'Meara, who played nine holes with the world No. 1 Sunday. "We thought he was, but no one’s absolutely perfect."

Woods was not particularly close, as international tabloid sales indicate. Which brings us to his predicament this week, and what Sunday possibly portends.

Even though The National, as the locals call it, is closed to spectators and media on Sundays before the tournament, a Golf Channel producer said he counted more than 40 security guards ringing the rim of the practice area as the players warmed up, a possible precursor of the phalanx that will surround Woods when play begins Thursday. Inside the media center, some of the Augusta National brass were holding a meeting inside the room where, on Monday at 2 p.m., Woods will meet the global press for the first time since before his Thanksgiving collision with a tree.

Sunday's practice round marked his first appearance in a semi-public area since before the crash that sent him into the worst public-relations tailspin in sports history. After warming up, Woods ventured to the practice putting green near the clubhouse, then hooked up with former neighbor and mentor O'Meara, whom he had not seen since last July.

"He’s swinging well," O'Meara said after they finished. "It’s good to see Hank [Haney] again because we’re dear friends, too. Yeah, I enjoyed my time out there with him. He was relaxed, swinging well and ready to get back at it."

They gave each other a long hug when they met and whatever words were exchanged happened well out of earshot. Woods then jumped under the ropes and joined O'Meara as the latter played his back nine. Woods and O'Meara, past Masters champions, once lived six homes apart on the suburban Orlando street where Woods' life changed after he crashed his car at 2:30 a.m. The course is closed to media and spectators on Sunday, so the old friends had it all to themselves, a few members and tour players notwithstanding.

"Of all the people I’ve ever met he’s one of the toughest guys mentally I’ve ever met," O'Meara said. "He’ll do well this week. He’s been out of the game for awhile, but he left with a win [last November in Australia]. Certainly, he knows how to win. He’s won here, what, four or five times? I think he’s just ready to get back out competing with the rest of the guys."

O'Meara raised a good point about Woods' state of readiness. Woods is used to living in a fish bowl, a term he once texted to one of his mistresses. Well, allegedly.

"Forget about what’s happened over the past four or five months," O'Meara said. "Certainly what’s happened over the past 10-12 years, he’s been the most scrutinized player who’s ever played the game. He’s created the most notoriety, he’s one of the most famous people in the world, forget about being a golfer and an athlete.

"With that comes a lot of responsibility and he probably feels like he’s dropped the ball there. But you know what? He’s manning up to it, he’s trying to get better and as a friend I can only be there to support him and that’s what I’m trying to do."

How his peers will react this week will be interesting. He said hello to Jim Furyk on the practice putting green, but generally kept a low profile. Players on the range didn’t exactly line up to shake his hand.

Woods did show some signs of returning to normalcy, like when he spotted two veteran reporters flitting on the periphery of the new range. He tossed a light-hearted insult at them and then headed off to play.

How many laughs are contained in the rest of the week, or to some degree, his career, is anybody's guess.

Comments

Since: Jan 11, 2010
Posted on: April 6, 2010 9:32 am
 

On Easter, Woods emerges to start comeback

SoonerZ I agree with you that Tiger the golfer and Tiger the sex crazed womanizer do go together and those of us not in the media can go on commenting and analyizing and judging Tiger until we're tired. But the media is a different story. If Elling or any of writers/reporters decide to delve into Tiger's private life beyond what is normal for reporting on high profile people then even they can be judged on their actions. Tiger's secret life off the course was indeed repulsive but so are the lives of many. As for me i'm willing to leave it there. i will continue to watch Tiger as i will all of the golfers because i enjoy the game and while i will view Tiger differently i do not need or want to know anything about his private life. I hope he can restore the trust of his wife and family members as well as close friends and as he said explain things to his kids one day. Beyond that i don't need any additional non golf information.



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: April 6, 2010 4:23 am
 

On Easter, Woods emerges to start comeback

I watched his interview today and was not surprised as to how it played out.  Tiger is just being Tiger.  He has risen from being manipulated to the manipulater.  In his early years, he was controlled by a father who spoiled him, developed an uncommon inner toughness to make him successful as an adult in a world of people who would try to pry their way into his success as a golfer.  No doubt his dad was living his dream through his son.  He made Tiger into the self-indulgent, self-important, the "world revolves around me" person that he has become.  Then Tiger makes bad choices for friends and role models like Sir Charles and Jordan, and no doubt had a stable of "handlers" who led him down the path of decadance, because he had money and fame and the world was his oyster.  Then in a moment of needing some semblance of stability in his life, and to enhance his image with his fans and sponsors, he decides it would be a good thing to get married, have a couple kids, and look like he's matured into a wholesome "family" man.  Most people with any common sense would now admit it was all a sham.  He did this only for the money and the further fame it may bring him.  He just wanted to look like the next Jack Nicklaus, a true family man who cared about his family first and the golf titles that came were an added bonus.   His true colors have emerged this week, when he decided playing in the Master's is more important than his wife and family.  Unfortunately, this will be his undoing as his craving for more money, fame, and need to have the golf world and fans love him again is more important than anything else.  Knowing that his upcoming divorce will cost him so much of the money he has accumulated to this point will drive him to do whatever he has to do in the golf world to get it back.  His quest to beat Jack's records is the only real goal in his life.  He has no other tangible skills other than golf, and he's in his prime, so he will not let Elin or his children get in the way of that.  Golf is his life and his "wife", so the sooner Elin moves on, the happier he'll be.  I'm not a Tiger hater, but there have been many famous people in our world that were so obsessed with achieving their ultimate goal, that they sacrificed a life to achieve it....THEIR OWN!



Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2010 11:14 pm
 

On Easter, Woods emerges to start comeback

you are not a real golf fan if you think golf is not worth watching without Tiger. Ernie winning and giving a voice to autism?  There is more than one person in the field and many good stories.  Just because you are a Tiger lover does not mean golf is not worth watching without him



Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2010 11:06 pm
 

On Easter, Woods emerges to start comeback

If you do not like Elling. quit reading him and responding.  Seems to me you are helping to keep him on here because you are on here reading and responding.

BTW you are using your definition of comeback.  To go after a man because you do not like him using the term comeback, I mean REALLY?
Is this the best YOU can do?  Than you for being so unbiased and showing me how biased Elling is.

Some on here are so in love with Tiger that anyone who says anything bad, ATTACK.  He could be found having sex with one of his kids and half of you would still say, lay off the man and stay out of his personal life.



Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2010 11:02 pm
 

On Easter, Woods emerges to start comeback

He deserves a second chance.  He does not deserve standing ovations or boos.  We treating him like the rising of Christ after what he has done, that is insane. 


How and I mean HOW can anyone be a Tiger fan?  What has he done that has earned this loyal following?  He does not sign autographs, his caddy is an ass, he never got drug tested last year when  Kenny Perry got tested twice. Insanity.

He is good , he will win a lot, but to earn this adoration? I dont get it.



Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2010 10:58 pm
 

On Easter, Woods emerges to start comeback

so, you mean it is the writer's job to kiss Tiger's ass like most of the sheep on here and the media?



Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2010 2:37 pm
 

On Easter, Woods emerges to start comeback

I just turned off the press conference.  Waste of time listening to him try to spin stuff, or not answer the question.  He is just not believable. 



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2010 11:54 am
 

On Easter, Woods emerges to start comeback

How long will it be before we find out that he has cheated on Golf too?  Test this clown for performing enhancing drugs and I bet you, he will show up positive too.... Oh yeah and when he says he has not done it, he will be lying to the fans like he lied to his wife...  You can not trust him...  He's a liar and a cheater.....




Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2010 11:52 am
 

On Easter, Woods emerges to start comeback

All of those legends are indeed great in their respective sports. All of them also carry the legacy of their private lives as apart of their history. Tiger in that respect joins them in that regard. I would also suggest that Tiger has superseded their notoriety of extracurricular activities due the extreme nature of his behavior, and even his elevated status beyond those mentioned (that perhaps is arguable). What is not arguable in my opinion is that even though we can separate Tiger's antics from his golf game, the two will be intertwined by enough of the public, that the current package of sex addict Tiger and eternal golf great are inseparable for the remainder of time. It won't keep me from watching his magnificence on the golf course, but I am in complete understanding by those in the media (tabloid and mainstream) to their attachment of the now combined storied Tiger persona. There is no question that his off course issues do not reflect in the record books, and I don't believe that you can say you are not in awe of his professional career accomplishes based on his private life disclosures. What I do say is that no matter how you categorize his accomplishments the association of his character deficiencies will forever be linked to Tiger no matter how any one individual may wish to think about him. Tiger is not two people. He is the golf legend and also the newly revealed person of highly questionable behavior. They go together even if we wish to focus on just his golf game. I don't even want to go to the steriod rumors until that subject matter involves a more in-depth level of possibility.



Since: Apr 5, 2010
Posted on: April 5, 2010 10:43 am
 

WILL SOME JOURNALIST WITH COURAGE STEP UP TO TW

IT'S HIGH TIME THAT A REPORTER WITH COURAGE GRAB THE MIC TODAY AND QUESTION WOODS ABOUT
 
1- PRODUCE A VALID US BIRTH CIRTIFICATE AS HE IS OLDER THAN ADVERTIZED. EARL, TIDA, AND ELDRICK CAME FROM THAILAND AND SET UP THIS ENTIRE DISHONEST SCAM FROM DAY 1.  DANNY ALMONTE LOOKED LIKE THE NEXT ROGER CLEMONS UNTIL JOURNALISTS DID THEIR JOB.

2-HIS AMATURE STATUS WAS A TOTAL SCAM. ASK HIM TO PRODUCE HIS SIGNED PRO CONTRACT WITH IMG. IT WAS SIGNED WHEN HE YEARS BEFORE HE CAME OUT OF STANFORD AND SIGNED THE DEALS WITH NIKE, TITLEIST, ETC.

3-PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUGS. HE CYCLED ROIDS, INJECTED HGH/TESTOSTERONE, USED ANDRO, ETC.  CHART HIS BODY MASS DEVELOPMENT, HIS MASSIVE PUMP, MAINTAINED FOR YEARS WITH HIGHLY SECRETIVE WORKOUTS. THUS THE LIGAMENT BREAKDOWN IN KNEE, (TYPICAL). HGH USAGE PRECIPITATED OUTRAGEOUS SEXCAPADES AND VEROCIOUS APPETITE FOR SEX OFF THE CHARTS. TOTAL WRECKLESS DRIVE FOR SEX FOR RANDOM WOMAN WAS FUELED BY HGH/TESTOS.

4- WAKE UP STEVE. BE A MAN. GET TO THE TRUE FACTS OF THIS TOTAL SCAM ENTERPRISE OF 35+ TEARS. IMG IS PATENTLY AND FINANCIALLY CULPABLE.

5- WOODS IS AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN A TOTALLY CORRUPT LIAR. THAE ENTIRE ENTERPRISE, SHROUDED IN SECRECY, HAS BEEN BUILT ON CHEATING, LYING, AND STEALING MONEY FROM EVERYONE.  UNTIL YOU STAND UP, STEVE, THE REST OF WOODS/IMG/STIENEY CAREER WILL BE BUILT ON BURRYING THE TRUTH, PAYING PEOPLE OFF, AND JUST RIPPING EVERYONE OFF. DO YOUR JOURNALISTIC DUTY..


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