U.S. Open Champ: Tiger speech “wasn’t heartfelt”

The AUCKLAND SUNDAY NEWS reports 2005 U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell questioning the sincerity of Tiger Woods’ recent speech while noting the emotional toll his infidelity has taken on the relationships of PGA Tour players.

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“He hasn’t done golf any favours. It’s put doubt in the other wives and girlfriends’ minds, [about] that `what happens on tour, stays on tour’ kind of attitude. I admire him as a golfer and also as a bloke. He’s a good guy to hang out with, but I feel sorry for Elin [Woods’ wife] and the kids, so it’s very much a Catch 22 for me.

“When we’re there with him on the course he’s a golfer to us, not so much a married man with two kids, he’s a golfer. But being a married man myself with two kids, as I say, I just feel sorry for Elin. Those sorts of things should never happen.

“But we can’t pass judgement because we just don’t know what’s happened in his life.”

Love that. Campbell says he “can’t pass judgement” after he does just that. More:

“I don’t know when he’ll come back to golf or what I’ll say to Tiger when I see him. It all depends on how I feel at the time. I think right now he needs support from his peers.”

Who exactly are Woods’ peers? Those people don’t exist, which is probably a big reason why he’s in this mess.

Campbell, wed to blonde Australian beauty Julie, did pass judgement on Tiger’s recent public apology however, questioning how genuine it really was.

“I didn’t feel his speech was heartfelt. It was too scripted. For me, if he’d spoken off the cuff, the apology would have come across a lot better.”

See Campbell’s earlier comment about how he “can’t pass judgement.”

“He spoke of coming back though we don’t know when that will be. The crowd might even come along and boo him. That’s why I think Augusta [US Masters in April] would be a good time for him. It’s very patrolled and policed there.”

There won’t be any booing at Augusta, which is an important factor when examining when Woods might comeback. It also lends credence to the thought that if he doesn’t play The Masters, he’s not going to play this year.