Tiger Woods doesn’t want to talk about the past.
And that’s completely within his right. He’s been in hiding the past three months, working through marital problems after infidelity and a domestic dispute came to light late last year.
Everyone has a right to as much privacy as they want. Nobody can make you talk about something you don’t want to talk about. If fans are waiting to hear from him, they have every right to turn their backs on him if he’s not the role model they hoped he was.
So my question to Woods … Oh, wait. I forgot. At the news conference he’s holding Friday, which his agent says isn’t a news conference, Woods won’t be taking questions.
So the question I’d like to ask Woods is: What’s the point of Friday’s media huddle? You get to pick certain members of the media you want in attendance, exclude others and for what?
To manipulate the media? To use it as a pawn? It works both ways, and that’s the message the Golf Writers Association of American is sending. The GWAA was allowed to select three members of its pool, then negotiated it to six members, then decided if everyone couldn’t have the choice of attending, they’d skip it altogether.
"I cannot stress how strongly our board felt that this should be open to all media and also for the opportunity to question Woods," Vartan Kupelian, president of the 950-member group, told The Associated Press. "The position, simply put, is all or none. This is a major story of international scope. To limit the ability of journalists to attend, listen, see and question Woods goes against the grain of everything we believe."
Look, if Woods doesn’t want to talk about any infidelity or anything else that has kept him out of the public eye for three months, then fine.
But why hold the media gathering? To announce you’re coming back? Just come back. What do you need to tell everyone that for? Will face time change the way people feel? How about a press release or a message on your Web site?
I just don’t see the point. Maybe after he speaks Friday, I will.