Today we got another glimpse into why Tiger Woods was able to fool so many people for so damn long. And it had nothing to do with what Tiger himself said at his press conference at The Masters.
This question, from longtime San Francisco-area golf reporter Art Spander, was much more telling about why Tiger was able to carry on multiple extramarital affairs while on Tour:
You (Tiger) and the rest of us discovered a lot of media we didn’t know existed until the accident. I just wondered your response to the mainstream media, which was a lot more critical, obviously, than it had been; were you surprised, or did you sort of expect that?
Tiger’s response is irrelevant.
What matters is the mindset of Spander, who has been covering golf for decades and is among the closest media members to Tiger. I myself have worked Tiger Woods press conferences while sitting in the front row of media rooms next to Spander, including at The Memorial in Ohio and past Tiger Target/Chevron Challenge events.
What’s clearly, completely lost on Spander is the media he was mocking in his question to Tiger is the sole reason the golfer has changed his life - for the better! (At least if you believe Tiger.)
Based on Tiger Woods‘ publicly-expressed disdain for the media outlets that blew the whistle on his serial infidelity, it’s a pretty good bet that he’s returning to golf at The Masters because he’ll have complete, personal control over who will be allowed on the Augusta National grounds. (Regardless of what Masters officials will state publicly.)
(3-months-rent deposit policy finally pays off?)
In other words, the only way for outlets like TMZ.com to cover the week’s festivities will be to smuggle a reporter and/or photographer in via spectator badge or sneak onto the grounds. Ironic considering the very outlets responsible for insane interest in the event won’t be allowed to cover it.
I’ve attended The Masters as a fan and even before this year’s event can attest that Augusta National has the tightest oversight on spectators I’ve ever experienced at a major sporting event. That includes the Super Bowl and the World Cup. If TMZ and other outlets do end up spending thousands on Masters badges, I think there’s a reasonable chance those staffers will be found out and barred per Woods.
So that leaves one option: Sneaking on to Augusta National.
Impossible? If you believe a PGA Tour pro’s on the record account, absolutely not. Read more…