Tiger Woods doing his pre-tournament interview ... from home. — TigerWoods.com screenshot
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The wait is finally over. Just a couple days after Tiger Woods announced he'd be passing on his usual pre-tournament press conference to answer questions from Twitter and Facebook fans, the 14-time major winner released his pre-recorded Q&A session on TigerWoods.com on Monday.
Woods, who appeared to be doing the interview from inside The Museum of Modern Art, spent just over 14 minutes answering questions on a number of topics, from the best-looking major championship trophy (Spoiler alert: It's the Claret Jug) and his favorite Players Championship memory, to swing changes he's made to protect the knee and the decision to make the 17th hole at Olympic Club a par-5 for the U.S. Open. And don't forget the four questions about his putt on No. 17 at the 2001 Players Championship. But that's neither here nor there.
Here's the deal, this was Woods' first time doing an online Q&A, so things could get better going forward. But based on the lack of video quality (what's with cutting the video off at the end without a sign-off?) and the decision to have Woods read the questions and answers, it's safe to say Team Tiger's new social media wrinkle needs some serious work.
I know Woods has spent countless hours in front of the camera, but after reading every question off a cheat sheet, it appeared as if he kept looking back down at the piece of paper, almost like he had pre-written answers on there as well. If that's the case, then ... wow.
I'll concede that the questions weren't all that bad. The Q&A was geared towards fans, and Woods certainly tackled some of their biggest questions. But the manner in which Woods answered the questions was, well, boring.
If I'm a Tiger Woods fan (and judging by the emails I get, that's not the case), I'm not sure I could waste another 14 minutes watching Woods stare at the camera, answer a question, look down at his sheet again, and then answer another.
Let's liven them up a little by possibly adding in a moderator to give the Q&A a little more of a back-and-forth feel. Give Tiger a chance to respond and then possibly come back and add some additional commentary.
Leaving the guy out there to do it on his own is a BIG mistake. If he had some charisma it wouldn't be a problem; but we're talking about Tiger Woods doing a Q&A ... by himself. Seriously, give the guy some help.
If you really want to turn it into a must-watch, get Alex Miceli in there and this whole idea would turn into a goldmine. That's just a suggestion, Team Tiger. Do whatever you want with that one.
But whatever you do, please, for the love of everything good in golf, liven up the interviews. The questions aren't horrible, but the presentation needs to change -- especially if you're going to skip out on doing a presser with the assembled media to sit on a couch and answer softball questions.
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