Tiger Woods posted a blog entry today on his official website that gives his version of what he’s been up to since The Masters. It’s the first somewhat candid blog entry by Woods since his Thanksgiving car accident. (Designed to combat tabloid reports about his family’s activities?)
In the post, Woods addresses his strong language at The Masters, congratulates Phil Mickelson for winning the tournament. (Finally). He also notes a recent round of golf at Isleworth in which he shot 63 but was apparently not joined by Michael Jordan and Fred Couples. RadarOnline.com posted photos yesterday that it claimed showed Woods, Jordan and Couples playing golf at Isleworth on last Tuesday.
The most interesting part of the blog entry though was Woods recounting his recent “family” time.
Woods on this cursing at The Masters:
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.
Woods on Mickelson’s Masters win:
Before I stop talking about the Masters, I want to congratulate Phil Mickelson on the win and for all it means to him, Amy and the entire Mickelson family. They have really gone through a lot this year, and I wish them good health from now on.
Woods gives his personal life exactly one sentence in the lengthy blog post:
I took a little time off after the Masters to go scuba diving and spend time with my family. But I did enjoy a fun round of golf with my friend John Cook at Isleworth Country Club. I double-eagled the par-5 17th hole — the third of my life — with a 5-wood and shot 63, so my game is improving.
Woods didn’t mention wife Elin in the context of his family time because she reportedly wasn’t with him and the couple’s two children when the golfer reportedly took a short vacation with daughter Sam and son Charlie to the Bahamas after The Masters.
Elin was reportedly already gone to Arizona when Woods returned home from Augusta National. After her five-day trip to Scottsdale, Elin then reportedly returned to Orlando only to pick up the kids and whisk them away to Sweden, where they’ve been ever since.
Though there’s no way of knowing, you would think if Elin is going to divorce Woods, she won’t start the process from her current location 120 miles outside of Stockholm. There’s been numerous reports the past five months that a post-nuptial agreement between the couple could include financial incentives for Elin to remain formally married to Woods over a certain period of time.
That might explain why the couple is still together. Of course, perhaps the two are indeed still trying to make it work - not to mention the possibility that tabloid tales of a rift between the two could be wildly exaggerated.
My feeling on this is Woods is, despite numerous reports to the contrary, still making a genuine effort to maintain the marriage. Reason I say that is if Woods was dead set on divorce at this very moment, would he allow Elin to take his two children to a remote location in Sweden? By deferring to his wife on that trip, it appears to me that Woods is still doing what he can to facilitate a reconciliation.
But if you’ve been following this story closely since it started, you know as much about what’s happening between Tiger and Elin and I do. Not to mention the entire media, save those delightfully anonymous “insiders”.