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Tiger Woods To Talk On Friday: What Will He Say?

Mihir Bhagat@mihirbhagatSenior Analyst IIIFebruary 18, 2010

After three months of silence, the face of golf, Tiger Woods, will come out and release a statement in his own backyard, at TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse in Ponte Verde Beach, Florida, home to PGA Tour Headquarters. 

This will be his first public appearance since a strange car-accident on Thanksgiving night which eventually led to his admission of infidelities. 

By the way, don't expect a fancy press conference with a plethora of reporters and cameras. Woods is going to make a simple statement, with six reporters and one camera.

Once I heard the breaking news, I immediately started to ponder over what he may talk about. What is the Stanford grad and once golden boy going to say in order to gain back the fans who once sought him with tremendous respect?

Well, let me first say that, in my mind, Tiger's in a very sticky situation. He's waited much too long to speak, and would have been better off talking immediately after the incident. I think he may have to give a reason for his prolonged wait. As Tom Watson said, "As ambassador of the game, it was his duty to come forward and say something."

Like most, I also anticipate his expression of genuine remorse and gratified apology towards his fans, product endorsers, and his fellow golfers. Due to his personality, he may not feel it necessary to do so, but I don't think he has a choice.  

One of the biggest point Woods must make is that he fully understands what he did was wrong and that he is sincerely sorry to all the women that he hurt and affected. In this case, Tiger didn't hurt anyone more than all the women in the world who now think he is nothing more than a perverted pig. Woods can't show them wrong, and all he can do now is show them that he is a changed man for the better. 

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In addition, probably the most important thing he will do is stress that he's not going to dwell on the past and that he's going to move forward and focus on his golf career.

It has been proven in the past that when an athlete has off-the-field issues, the best way to repair that tainted image is to simply have success on the field.

In the last three months, several other athletes and celebrities have commented on Tiger's actions, and most have said that they are just waiting until he returns to the golf course. This entire story has simply become a distraction to the sport and has become a major road bump in the 34-year-old superstar's pursuit of Jack Nicklaus' record of most major championships with 18. 

While this will be a big step forward for Tiger, it is still only the first of many to come. Most expected that he would go on a show like Oprah in order to make it more heart-warming and personal, and he will most likely have to do that in the near future. So unfortunately for all of you who are tired of hearing about this story just like me, it seems likely that this is only the beginning of Tiger's climb back to the summit of the mountain of success that he is fully responsible for crashing down from.

For your information, the video of him making the statement will be available to the general public on Friday 11 a.m. ET on ESPN. You won't want to miss it. 

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