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Tiger Woods: Open Championship Press Conference Brings Coached Responses

Christina De NicolaCorrespondent IJuly 16, 2010

ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - JULY 13:  Tiger Woods of the United States addresses the media prior to the 139th Open Championship on the Old Course, St Andrews on July 13, 2010 in St Andrews, Scotland.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The British tabloids tried their best. They really did— but Tiger wouldn't budge on his stance to not speak about his off-course antics.

Instead, he chose to shamelessly plug Nike.  Woods discussed his decision to change putters for the first time in 11 years— seems he was more faithful to a club, than his wife.

But a stunning lack of answers, did not stop papers from printing pun-filled headlines.

A personal favorite from The Daily Mirror : "Two-faced Tiger avoids all the hazards."

And, before people go on about privacy, Woods is a public figure, which means the media has the right to ask him questions. Moreover, the off-course problems have affected his play, making his decisions relevant to reporters and the public.

After a rough November, a reported series of mistresses, a sudden leave of absence (reported sex rehab) and a loss of sponsorships, Woods' public relation team had much work to do. The problem now; a lack of sincerity. Each answer now seems to be an educated, coached response, which leave the public asking— how much Tiger are we getting here?

Since his return to golf in April, for the Masters, a string of "no comment" interviews have been given by the former golden-boy of golf.

The Open Championship only brought more vagueness from Woods, "All that really matters is I have two beautiful kids, and I'm trying to be the best dad I can possibly be, and that's the most important thing of all."

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True fans don't need the gossip-style elements, but some redeeming and heartfelt words would be appreciated. 

What Woods needs to remember is, people will not forget the incidents, but they will once again begin to root for him— just ask Kobe Bryant, Ray Lewis, or Dany Heatley. 

He owes it to the fans of golf. To those who once called him a role model. To both his family and friends.

Most of all, he owes it to himself to be honest.

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