Tiger Woods Website Statement: Elin, Lorena Ochoa, Phil Mickelson
Tiger Woods Website Blog Statement: Apologizes for bad language, Congratulates Phil Mickelson, Praises Lorena Ochoa, Doesn't mention Elin.
In what is an interesting move Tiger Woods posted a statement on his website. The Tiger Woods blog post (if it can be called that) was a wide ranging statement as the golfer discussed his return to the Master's and his use of what some thought inappropriate language.
I received some criticism for bad language, which I apologized for immediately after Saturday's round. It's tough when you're in a competitive environment and in the flow of a tournament. I'm not perfect. All I can say is I'm trying to do everything I can without losing my fire and competitive spirit.
Tiger went on to talk about the upcoming PGA tour, including the fact that the Open at Pebble Beach will televised in Prime Time on NBC and he acknowledge the retirement of Lorena Ochoa the champion on the women's PGA tour.
I hear Lorena Ochoa is retiring from professional golf. Although we never played together, I met her several times, and she is a wonderful person and a great champion. The game of golf is definitely going to miss her. I hope she decides to stay involved in one form or another.
Tiger did not mention his wife Elin by name though he did say he was spending time with family.
The entire exercise is fascinating on one level. The normally reserved Tiger is actually communicating with this fans and the public through a post on his website, albeit this may have been written by a ghost writer and vetted by Tiger, who knows.
One thing is clear is every twist and turn in the Tiger Woods story was driven by sites like TMZ and Radar Online. Both of the popular celebrity sites gave any whisper of the name Tiger prominent coverage.
That coverage was the fuel for the rest of the media from other online news sites to the mainstream all of it resulting in an inferno of Tiger Woods' headlines.
Team Tiger likely was not prepared for such a relentless barrage. This Tiger Woods statement (if I were advising Team Tiger) could be the first in a regular series of posts from Tiger Woods - a direct line of communication between the golfer and the public, perhaps a more personal way to rehabilitate his tarnished reputation and for more accessible than those impersonal news conferences.