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Tiger Woods: Six Questions That Should Have Been Asked

Michael FitzpatrickFeatured ColumnistMarch 22, 2010

CHASKA, MN - AUGUST 16:  Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the 12th green during the final round of the 91st PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club on August 16, 2009 in Chaska, Minnesota.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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Considering the five minute time constraint put in place by team Tiger, Kelly Tilghman and Tom Rinaldi did a fantastic job with their interviews/rapid fire questions yesterday afternoon.

It’s always easy to look back and critique the performance of others, particularly when 99.9 percent of the population have never been and will never be in a situation even remotely comparable to what Tilghman and Rinaldi were thrown into.   

But, let’s do it anyway.

Here are six questions that weren’t asked but probably should have been.

Where were you between November 27th and the time you checked into rehab in late December?

We now know that Tiger Woods checked into rehab in late December, but where was he during the four weeks between his Thanksgiving night accident and his trip to rehab?  

Was he really eating Fruit Loops and playing video games all day in his pajamas as was reported in several tabloids?

Why were you visited on multiple occasions by Dr. Galea at your home in Florida?

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Woods’ personal life is one thing, and he has every right to keep that aspect of his life private.  However, his relationship with Dr. Galea—who is now being investigated by federal authorities for distributing HGH to American athletes—is a very public matter.

Why?

Because it calls into question the integrity of the game.  If the number one player in the world has been using HGH for several years, it greatly affects the record books, Woods legacy and the overall integrity of a game that prides itself on fair play and sportsmanship.  

It’s actually quite shocking that neither Tom Rinaldi of ESPN or Kelly Tilghman of The Golf Channel even brought up this issue.

Have you been questioned by the FBI regarding your relationship with Dr. Galea?

Whether or not Woods directly answered or sidestepped the last question, his answer to this question would give us a good indication as to just how interested federal authorities are in Woods’ relationship with Galea.

If he was indeed questioned by the FBI, they probably have at least some indication that Galea was supplying him with more than just a blood spinning treatment.

Either that or they just wanted to meet the world’s number one golfer at the expense of taxpayers.

Will Elin be accompanying you to Augusta?

This would have been a simple yes, no or I don’t know answer which would have taken 15 seconds and would have given us more insight into the state of his marriage.

Will Steve Williams be on your bag at Augusta?

We all know what happens to members of Woods’ inner circle when they decide to open their mouths.   

Williams has opened his mouth several times over the past four months.  But was it enough to get him tossed off the Tiger gravy train?

If domestic violence was not the cause of your car accident, why not clear up once and for all exactly what caused the accident and dispel all rumors that are currently circulating about your wife?

This would have been a follow up question after Woods answered the initial attempt with “it’s all in the police report.”

He made it clear that he didn’t want to talk about this issue, but both Rinaldi and Tilghman let him off the hook a little too easy without even attempting to probe further into the single event that ultimately triggered his four month hiatus from the game of golf.

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