January 20 — Tiger Woods would do his PGA Tour colleagues a favor by addressing the media before stepping back onto the golf course, according to Australian golfer Geoff Ogilvy.
- Geoff Ogilvy got off to a great start to the 2010 PGA Tour season, as these photos illustrate
“Tiger should actually come out in public before, and not at a golf tournament,” Ogilvy told reporters prior to this week’s Abu Dhabi Championship. “One, out of respect for all the other golfers, and two, to diffuse the circus part of it before he actually gets to a golf tournament. I don’t believe a lot of tournaments want all the tabloid media floating around.
Circus, circus. “It would be nice if he came out away from a golf tournament. When he does come back to golf it would still be a bit crazy but that tabloid edge might be gone,” Ogilvy opined.
Woods has dropped out of sight since his bizarre November 27 car crash and has communicated only through his Web site. A National Enquirer photographer may have snapped the first post-accident photo of the reclusive golfer at a rehab site in Mississippi (or not), but Woods has made no public statement other than his online admission of infidelity.
All of which means Tiger’s first foray back into public view will be completely nuts, as Ogilvy pointed out.
“The first press conference he does is going to be the crazy one, isn’t it?” said Ogilvy, who won the PGA Tour’s season-opening SBS Championship in Hawaii earlier this month. Ogilvy uses equipment from Massachusetts-based Acushnet Co.
Short straw plays with Tiger. Ogilvy also noted that the whacky crowds Woods will likely attract on the course — presumably even larger and louder than the usual Tiger-crazed masses of humanity that follow the world’s best golfer (see: Australian Masters) — would drive fellow golfers batty.
“At a golf tournament it’s going to be crazy whatever happens and there’s going to be a lot of stuff going on inside the ropes when he comes back,” Ogilvy said. “It would probably not be ideal to have to play with him.”
Ogilvy, ranked ninth in the world, is playing in Abu Dhabi this week instead of at the Bob Hope Classic in La Quinta, CA.
Say what? Ogilvy captured more than a little attention with speculation about Woods’ first presser, on or off the course.
“A lot people who have been afraid to ask questions for the past 10 or 12 years won’t be quite as hesitant to ask questions as they used to be,” Ogilvy said. “And he’s going to have to answer questions.”
Perhaps. Or, as Geoff Shackleford pointed out, “Tiger may never come into a press room ever again.”
Come on, Tiger. Let the games begin.
Wherever Woods is, the PGA Tour and business life go on without him. Read how Nike is launching its new line of fairway woods without its iconic pitchman.
Boston golfers — remember green grass and summer temps? Watch Geoff Ogilvy tee off on the 18th at the 2009 Deutsche Bank Championship pro-am at TPC Boston in this video: