Tiger Woods is across the pond now, and the British journalists are getting their first crack at the battered golf superstar. It's kind of cute, really, watching them make their attempts at getting under Tiger's skin months after the same routine was tried stateside. Give them credit, they tried, but Tiger would have none of that. From a transcript of the first press conference by Geoff Shackelford:
Q. Tom Watson has said you need to clean up your act on the golf course. He's gone on record. Many of us over the years have heard you use the F word, we've seen you spit on the course, and we've seen you throw tantrums like chucking your clubs around. Are you willing to cut out all those tantrums this week and respect the home of golf?
TW: I'm trying to become a better player and a better person, yes.
Game, set, match, Mr. Woods. Shackelford described the atmosphere as "tense," but Tiger appears to have handled the often-pointed lines of questioning well:
Q. I understand that you had a two‑hour interview with the FBI a couple weeks ago. Can you confirm that was the case?
TW: That was the case, yes.
Q. And are you able to go into any details as to why they specifically wished to speak to you? And also why you felt it necessary to use a doctor from out of the United States, who apparently is not registered to —
TW: Well, I can't go into any of that because of the fact that it's an open case so far. So that's an ongoing case, so I can't comment.
Around these parts, we're well used to Tiger giving non-answer answers to every question up to and including his own game. And that's fine; we don't tune in to watch Tiger because he's a stirring orator.
[Photos: See Tiger Woods at the British Open]
The key question, as always, is: when will Tiger win again? Could it happen this weekend? Certainly, though I wouldn't bet on it. Once he does, though, so much of this drama will fade away. My prediction? Next time Tiger visits the British, barring any new bombshells, the questions will be as pleasantly, exceedingly dull as the answers.