Tiger Woods will make his much-anticipated return to the spotlight when he addresses the fans and media during a press conference scheduled for Friday at PGA Headquarters.
Woods will undoubtedly apologize for his "transgressions" to his family, fans, the PGA Tour, and his sponsors (including those who stuck with him and those who decided to part ways).
The simple fact is that this press conference will be like that of any other superstar with his back against the wall.
First, there will be the apologies, the regrets for his actions that have put him where he sits. But more importantly, there will be the final announcement of his plans for the future.
His plans for the future will be his main focus for this weekend.
You see, all throughout his career, Woods has been praised for his ability to let the past go and move on.
In interviews, he might be prompted by a reporter with a statement such as, "Tiger, you had two three putts today and you missed a few key putts."
Woods always finds a way to brush aside his past and respond with something along the lines of, "A few didn't fall, but the putter feels great. They WILL go in tomorrow."
He also is known to give everything a positive twist, an attitude that only champions have (maybe not the best role model, but Woods is a champion, nonetheless). He has alwaysheld himself responsible for his actions, although his blunders have mostly been limited to throwing a club or saying an expletive a little too loud, not to the magnitude of his recent mistakes.
But look for Tiger to try to spin his past in a way that it will help his future.
On Friday, Woods will come out first and make his apologies.
But the vast majority of his press conference will talk about his future in golf and his future as a better husband, better father, and better role model.
Tiger is already looking towards the future; he has sought help for his "addiction" and he has gotten back to his training.
So after Friday, let's all look to the future and let the past be the past.
Is Tiger holding himself responsible for his actions?
Has he paid dearly for those actions?
Does he seem to genuinely care about his mistakes and look to better himself for the future?
Only time will bear the true answer.
But one thing is for sure: Come Friday, we can finally put this media circus on the back burner and focus on what truly matters.
The game of golf.
Many have said Tiger is selfish for coming out to address the public at this point and time.
Although the PGA Tour seems to be coddling Tiger, they need to. He is their face and is an international ambassador of the game.
His mere presence around the game of golf will create more excitement, thus leading to higher ratings for this weekend’s Match-Play finale.
It is expected that Woods will announce his tournament of choice for his official return to the game.
Do you think that won't peak interest?
When all is said and done, and all the media begin to shuffle out of the conference room, the game of golf will stand victorious for surviving without Tiger, and they can only grow stronger from this when planning for the future.
When Tiger takes the stage tomorrow, you can expect one thing for sure: Although it will not be for the media, the future will be the most popular topic to Woods and the PGA Tour.