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Tiger Woods PLAYING Again

Andy Reistetter@GolfWriter59Analyst IFebruary 17, 2010

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 17:  Tiger Woods (R) jogs with an unidentified friend near his home on February 17, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. The PGA Tour has just announced that Tiger Woods will hold a press conference this Friday morning (February 19, 2010) at their headquarters. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Tiger Woods will come to the home of the PGA TOUR in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida on Friday at 11 a.m. where he plans to apologize again for his behavior.

According to a breaking news report posted on PGA TOUR.com he will speak to a small group of close friends, associates, and colleagues regarding his past and his future.

The setting of the clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass home of the Stadium course and THE PLAYERS is appropriate.

This most likely will be a business like communication not the tell all that will come later with Oprah or Barbara Walters.

What better place than the PGA TOUR Headquarters?

The TPC Sawgrass community is gated with guards at two entrances.

Though access to the clubhouse is routinely open to the public that will likely change for the next few days.

This will not be the frenzied media circus outside the gates of Isleworth a little over two-and-a-half months ago when this story broke.

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Nor should it be.

This is about the storied game of golf and perhaps the best player to ever play the game.

Right there on the back lawn of the clubhouse is where Commissioner Tim Finchem read the letter from Tiger Woods at the Lifetime Achievement presentation for Jack Nicklaus on Wednesday afternoon of the 2008 PLAYERS.

Woods was unable to be in attendance or compete in THE PLAYERS due to his third left knee arthroscopic surgery.

Commissioner Finchem read the following letter from Tiger to Jack:

"No one I can think of is more deserving.'

"Your impact on golf has been incredible to say the least and I count myself among the millions of fans who consider you to be the greatest of all time.'

"Your record of 118 (worldwide) tournament victories (including 73 sanctioned by the PGA TOUR) and 18 major championships alone is reason enough to receive this honor.'

"However equally important are your commitment to philanthropy, your skill as a course designer and your steadfast dedication to family.'

"These values insure your contribution to golf will forever be unmatched and make you the man whose path we all seek to emulate.'

"Thank you for being such a tremendous mentor to me and so many others.'

"Congratulations Jack, Tiger Woods"

Tiger will go through the gates and turn left onto Championship Way proceeding through a quarter mile of golf history.

The first portrait on the left at the corner right outside the PGA TOUR headquarter building will be that of Jack Nicklaus, winner of the inaugural PLAYERS in 1974 and then again in 1976 and 1978—the only three-time PLAYERS champion.

What will Tiger be thinking as he makes the drive up to the classic Mediterranean Revival TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse?

Hopefully two things—one is that no one is bigger than the game of golf and number two is that game of golf and the PGA TOUR wants him back healthy as soon as possible.

Wants, but does not need Tiger Woods.

Tiger Woods and his family need Tiger Woods healthy first and foremost.

What Tiger has to say and how he says it will go down in golfing eternity.

Whoever overtakes Tiger if that will ever be possible may very well be reading a letter like Finchem read on his behalf to Nicklaus to him in 40 years time.

"However equally important are your commitment to philanthropy, your skill as a course designer and your steadfast dedication to family.'

"These values insure your contribution to golf will forever be unmatched and make you the man whose path we all seek to emulate."

Tiger, it's really simple; tell the truth, we love you and your golfing skills.

Tiger, be like Jack!

 

Andy Reistetter is a freelance golf writer. He follows the PGA TOUR volunteering and working part time for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, and The Golf Channel.

 

He resides in Jacksonville Beach, Florida near the PGA TOUR headquarters and home of The PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach.

 

He enjoys pursuing his passion for the game of golf and everything associated with it. He can be reached through his website www.MrHickoryGolf.net or by e-mailing him to Andy@MrHickoryGolf.net

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