Tiger Woods Press Conference: Ultimately, He Had To Face the Public

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer IFebruary 19, 2010

We knew this day would come at some point. Tiger couldn't return to the PGA Tour without first having to face the public.

On Friday morning at 11am EST Tiger Woods will sit in front of a microphone, in front of a few select media outlets that he invited, and will tell the world what we've long known. Not to mention he'll do so on his terms, not answering a single question.

A statement, released on his official website, reads:

Tiger Woods will be speaking to a small group of friends, colleagues and close associates at 11:00 a.m. EST on Friday at the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Tiger plans to discuss his past and his future, and he plans to apologize for his behavior.

While Tiger feels that what happened is fundamentally a matter between him and his wife, he also recognizes that he has hurt and let down a lot of other people who were close to him. He also let down his fans. He wants to begin the process of making amends, and that's what he's going to discuss.

His remarks will be open to a press pool for live coverage. It is NOT a news conference.

But does Tiger really need to make any statement at all? The answer to that question is simple. It's an emphatic, YES. But that yes comes with an asterisk.

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If Tiger is out to just save his marriage, a public apology wouldn't be necessary or required of him.

But if his marriage is all but over, the only thing left for Tiger to save is his career on the PGA Tour. Now that would require an apology to the tour and the players that make it what it is today.

As I was listening to the radio, a local sports station here in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, I listened to one of their on-air guys get blasted by listeners for "letting Tiger off the hook."

Here's where my problem with the public comes in. Why are we as a society requiring anything of Tiger? He doesn't owe us a thing. We act so surprised and shocked that a man that seemed untouchable, even unbeatable, is actually human.

The public put him on a pedestal, they made him out to be this so called "hero," and now the public is reaping what they sowed. Put someone that high up on the pedestal and your liable to be disappointed.

Yes, he cheated on his wife but is that a reason for him to be condemned, and do we really think the PGA Tour can survive without him?

Before Tiger burst on to the scene with his famous win at the Masters in April of 1997, was there anyone that drew the kind of fans or crowds to tournaments like Tiger? Or was there another athlete, next to Michael Jordan, who had kids and adults alike flocking to his respective sport?

Tiger needs the PGA Tour and the PGA Tour needs Tiger. Whether the two sides will be able to come back together is still yet to be seen.

But, as for tomorrow, people will flock to their televisions or turn on their radios to see or hear what Tiger has to say.

Don't expect him to give any dirty details but simply give an apology, address his possible return to the tour, and walk off into the media sunset.

Tiger is human, he made a mistake, and tomorrow is the start of a new chapter in what will undoubtedly be a best-selling book by the time his career comes to a close.

Though he's at the lowest point his life has ever been, make no mistake that Tiger will be back doing what we've enjoyed watching him do...dominating his sport.