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Tiger Woods will be playing more Golf….

He has made commitments to play in two more tournaments……

He is back….

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Just as he did before the Masters and next week’s PGA Tour event, the Quail Hollow Championship, Woods on Wednesday committed early to the Players Championship, set to begin May 6 at T.P.C. Sawgrass, and to theAT&T National, which will start July 1 at the Aronimink Golf Club outside Philadelphia.

If four times a trend makes, it appears that Woods and his team recognized that tournaments require more than one week’s notice to deal with the increased demand for tickets and security that accompany his appearances.

Woods wrote on his Web site that future commitments will be appearing throughout the year. His normal routine had been to wait until the tour’s deadline of 5 p.m. on the preceding Friday to commit.

The tour first distributed a news release with the announcement about Woods’s commitment to the Players. Shortly afterward, Woods announced the commitments to the Players and the AT&T National on his Web site.

In the tour statement announcing Woods’s commitment, the vice president and executive director of the Players, Jay Monahan, expressed hope that the early commitment could lead to record crowds at T.P.C. Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

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Note…..The latest gossip reports are that his wife is not happy with his return……

He’s gonna need the money from playing to give her the $300 Million Christmas present he promised her…

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April 21, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Home, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports, Travel, Updates, Women | | Leave a comment

The New York Times does the Tiger Bubble……

This Sunday the New york Times JONATHAN MAHLER will do do a piece on Tiger Woods…

The Dog having read the piece is happy to say that Mahler has pulled together some the basic things that have laid below the surface in the Pro Golfer ‘s journey over over the last few months……

Woods,  a Mega Star of Huge proportions came face to face with his demons and secrets when his wife caugth him texting one of his ‘step offs’  and chased out of his house with a golf club….which she used to take out the rear window of their Escalade…and subsequently crashed into a few things……

And with tahat the onion began to peel…and Golf lost it’s biggest money and marketing star……

If he can come back remains to be seen…..

The Dog has said here numerous times that Tiger was not dealing with who he was……but in this piece Mahler points other who we though he was…..

Tiger Woods from the time he became pro was a ……”The athlete who dominated a sport of discipline, focus and self-control — his father, an ex-military man, once compared him to Gandhi…but also was….” a sex junkie.”…..Now that normally would not a big deal….he’s man after all…and he’s got plenty of company these days in that departmenet…

But the story was a direct contradiction of his image……..can he come back?

Woods’s return to competitive golf will, of course, be huge. The questions are endless and irresistible. Will his wife, Elin, be there? What about his mom? What will happen when Woods is standing over his first big putt? Will his legendary ability to focus, honed from an early age by his father’s Green Beret mind tricks, block out the knowledge that the tens of millions of people watching think he’s a cheater and a cad? Will we even want him to sink that putt?

But for Golf…this was disaster…..say what they want……This guy was their saviour…..

And they are in trouble….

As far as professional golf is concerned, Woods cannot come back fast enough. The PGA Tour is at a critical juncture. Next year it will begin negotiating new TV contracts with CBS and NBC. In the meantime, the tour is trying to secure sponsors for 10 events in 2011 while economic conditions are not exactly favorable. Two of the hardest-hit industries, financial services and car manufacturing, are responsible for underwriting a third of the PGA Tour’s sponsored events. More to the point, the entire economic model of a golf tournament is looking a bit suspect.

And he is needed…..

The same scandal that has battered professional golf for the past several months will now drive new levels of interest in it. Even before Woods announced that he was coming back, Sean McManus, the president of CBS News and Sports, which holds the broadcast rights to the Masters and numerous other PGA Tour events, was quoted as saying, “I think the first tournament Tiger Woods plays again, wherever it is, will be the biggest media event other than the Obama inauguration in the past 10 or 15 years.”

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The piece is good and it’s about time someone took a overall view of the Man……Who I think has finally had to deal with who he REALLY is…not who the media and wife thought he was….and while we’re at it…I  still think the man’s wife was of little help to him….what he did was wrong…no doubt…but how in the world did she not have ANY Idea of what was going on?

Is she taking him back?

And now is she going travel more with him?

Or stay home and let him work this out with out her help?

And get in trouble again?

March 30, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Health, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports, Updates, Women | , | Leave a comment

Tiger Woods gives a interview………

[ Through therapy, “I saw a person that I never thought I would ever become,” Woods told ESPN. ]

The Dog saw the interview…which ESPN ran every half hour…..My only impression was the man looks lost…….He knows he has to talk to the press and so is doing that…..There are going to be very few people that will be on his side…But the Dog thinks this golfer has lost his way ….and is trying to find his way back…..The good thing is he knows what he did…and that’s a start…..

Tiger Woods answered questions from reporters for the first time in four months Sunday in two separate five-minute interviews that aired simultaneously on ESPN and the Golf Channel.

In the interviews, which were taped near his home in Windermere, Fla., and aired at 7:30 p.m., Woods gave some of the reasons for and some of his reactions to the car accident in front of his home last November, and the sex scandal and resulting fallout that have sent him into rehabilitation for 45 days and dominated his life since.

Dressed in an olive sweater over a yellow golf shirt, Woods was far more relaxed and animated than he was during his live 15-minute apology last month. Though the questions from the ESPN reporter Tom Rinaldi and Kelly Tilghman of the Golf Channel were as probative as the format allowed, Woods did not reveal a great deal more than he had in his original apology.

But he did reveal some. Once again accepting blame for the multiple incidents of marital infidelity and acknowledging the hurt he had caused to many of his family, friends and fans, Woods responded to a question from Tilghman with a vivid look at how he finally owned up to what he had done.

“You strip away the denial, the rationalization and you come to the truth,” he said, “and the truth is very painful at times, and to stare at yourself and look at the person you’ve become, you become disgusted.”

Woods was interviewed for the first time since he answered questions after he won the AustralianMasters last November. The machinations behind the process of setting up the interviews were nearly as interesting as the two five-minute slices. So was the news, offered by Tilghman, that Ari Fleischer, the former spokesman for President George W. Bush who had been advising Woods, was no longer part of his team.

The networks were each contacted last week by representatives of Woods offering the opportunity for the interview. The ground rules were simple, and the two main restrictions concerned time.

“The understanding was no restrictions on the questions,” said Vince Doria, the senior vice president and director of news at ESPN. “We were able to get the person we wanted to do it, Tom Rinaldi, and they wanted to place a five-minute limit on it, and an agreement that we wouldn’t air it until 7:30.”

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ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi interviewed Tiger Woods on Sunday in Windermere, Fla. The interview was the first one granted by the world’s No. 1-ranked golfer since his Nov. 27 car accident outside his home. The following is a transcript of that interview.

Rinaldi: What’s the difference between the man who left Augusta national a year ago and the one who is about to return?

Woods: A lot has transpired in my life. A lot of ugly things have happened. Things that…..I’ve done some pretty bad things in my life. And uh, all came to a head. But now, after treatment, going for inpatient treatment for 45 days and more outpatient treatment, I’m getting back to my old roots.

Rinaldi: For a lot of people, the spark of those bad things is Nov. 27. Early that day, what happened?

Woods: Well, it’s all in the police report. Beyond that, everything’s between Elin and myself and that’s private.

Rinaldi: Why did you lose control of the car?

Woods: As I said … that’s between Elin and myself.

Rinaldi: If it’s a private matter, why issue a public apology?

Woods: Well, I owe a lot of people an apology. I hurt a lot of people. Not just my wife. My friends, my colleagues, the public, kids who looked up to me. There were a lot of people that thought I was a different person and my actions were not according to that. That’s why I had to apologize. I was so sorry for what I had done.

Rinaldi: You’ve said you’ve made transgressions. How would you, in your own words, describe the depth of your infidelity?

Woods: Well, just one is, is enough. And obviously that wasn’t the case, and I’ve made my mistakes. And as I’ve said, I’ve hurt so many people, and so many people I have to make an amends to, and that’s living a life of amends.

Rinaldi: You said you were in treatment. The simple question is, for what?

Woods: That’s a private matter as well. But I can tell you what, it was tough, it was really tough to look at yourself in a light that you never want to look at yourself, that’s pretty brutal.

Rinaldi: What’d you see?

Woods: I saw a person that I never thought I would ever become.

Rinaldi: Who was that?

Woods: Well, I had gotten away from my core values as I said earlier. I’d gotten away from my Buddhism. And I quit meditating. I quit doing all the things that my mom and dad had taught me. And as I said earlier in my statement, I felt entitled, and that is not how I was raised.

Rinaldi: Why not seek treatment before all of this came out?

Woods: Well, I didn’t know I was that bad. I didn’t know that I was that bad.

Rinaldi: How did you learn that? How did you learn it?

Woods: Stripping away denial, rationalization. You strip all that away and you find the truth.

Rinaldi: How do you reconcile your behavior with your view of marriage?

Woods: That’s living a life of amends and that’s just working at it each and every day.

Rinaldi: Given all that’s happened, what’s your measure of success at Augusta?

Woods: Well, playing is one thing. I’m excited to get back and play. I’m excited to get to see the guys again. I really miss a lot of my friends out there. I miss competing. But still, I still have a lot more treatment to do, and just because I’m playing, doesn’t mean I’m gonna stop going to treatment.

Rinaldi: What reception are you expecting from fans?

Woods: I don’t know. I don’t know. I’m a little nervous about that to be honest with you.

Rinaldi: How much do you care?

Woods: It would be nice to hear a couple claps here and there. But also hope they clap for birdies, too.

Rinaldi: Eleven months ago, here at Isleworth, I asked you, ‘How well does the world know you?’ What’s your answer to that now?

Woods: A lot better now. I was living a life of a lie. I really was. And I was doing a lot of things, like I said, that hurt a lot of people. And stripping away denial and rationalization you start coming to the truth of who you really are and that can be very ugly. But then again, when you face it and you start conquering it and you start living up to it. The strength that I feel now, I’ve never felt that type of strength.

Rinaldi: In the last four months, Tiger, what’s been the low point?

Woods: I’ve had a lot of low points. Just when I didn’t think it could get any lower, it got lower.

Rinaldi: An example?

Woods: When I was in treatment, out of treatment, before I went in, there were so many different low points. People I had to talk and face like my wife, like my mom.

Rinaldi: What was that moment like, either one?

Woods: They both have been brutal. They’ve both been very tough. Because I hurt them the most. Those are the two people in my life who I’m closest to and to say the things that I’ve done, truthfully to them, is … honestly … was … very painful.

Rinaldi: What was your wife’s reaction when you sat down and had that first conversation?

Woods: She was hurt, she was hurt. Very hurt. Shocked. Angry. And, you know, she had every right to be and I’m as disappointed as everyone else in my own behavior because I can’t believe I actually did that to the people I loved.

Rinaldi: I ask this question respectfully, but of course at a distance from your family life. When you look at it now, why did you get married?

Woods: Why? Because I loved her. I loved Elin with everything I have. And that’s something that makes me feel even worse, that I did this to someone I loved that much.

Rinaldi: How do you reconcile what you’ve done with that love?

Woods: We work at it.

March 21, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports, Updates, Women | , | Leave a comment

Tiger Woods to Return to Pro Golf at Masters Tournament…..

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Yes….Finally……

Mr. Woods apologized in a public statement Feb. 19, and since then speculation has focused on when and where he would make his return.

Mr. Woods said that while he’s returning to competition, he still has a lot of work to do in his personal life. “I have undergone almost two months of inpatient therapy and I am continuing my treatment,” he said in Tuesday’s statement.

“The major championships have always been a special focus in my career and, as a professional, I think Augusta is where I need to be, even though it’s been a while since I last played,” Mr. Woods said in the statement. The Masters begins on April 8.

The PGA Tour, which runs the three major men’s professional golf tours in the U.S., said it welcomed Mr. Woods’s decision to play at Augusta. “He has invested a lot of time taking steps, both in his personal and professional life, in order to prepare for his return,” said PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem.

When Mr. Woods won the Masters in 1997, he was the youngest-ever winner of the tournament, at age 21, and set records for 72-hole score (270) and victory margin (12 strokes). He also won at Augusta in 2001, 2002 and 2005. His other major championships include four PGA Championship titles and three U.S. Open and British Open titles.

Tiger Woods said Tuesday he will return to professional golf at the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga., in early April, ending a five-month hiatus spurred by revelations of extramarital affairs.

“The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect,” Mr. Woods said in a statement. “After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I’m ready to start my season at Augusta.”

Mr. Woods, 34 years old, last played in a tournament in mid-November. Over Thanksgiving weekend, he was injured after crashing his sport-utility vehicle into a fire hydrant and a tree near his home outside of Orlando, Fla. In subsequent weeks, at least a dozen women claimed or were reported to have had affairs with him. On Dec. 2, Mr. Woods said via his Web site that “I have let my family down,” and nine days later he said he would take an indefinite break from golf.

Maybe we can put his other past problems to rest……

March 16, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Health, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports, Updates, Women | , | 3 Comments

Tiger Woods begins his trip back to Golf……..

Tiger Woods is hooking up with an old pal - swing coach Hank Haney - which could signal a comeback for scandal-tainted golfer in time for Masters.

Woods has been working with swing coach Hank Haney on the driving range at Isleworth since Sunday, the Daily News has confirmed through several sources, which would indicate that the embattled golfer is on course to play the Masters, a major he has won four times, April 8-11.

The Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill two weeks earlier could serve as a possible tuneup.

Haney is scheduled to remain with Woods for a few days while he misses the biggest tournament so far of 2010, this week’s CA Championship at Doral.

In the past, Woods has brought in Haney just before a major. Despite Woods saying during his Feb. 19 apology that he wasn’t “ruling out” a return this year, Haney most likely wouldn’t be fine-tuning Woods’ swing now for tournaments in August.

Woods could also pull an end-around by stepping back on the tee March 22-23 at the Tavistock Cup matches, an annual exhibition between PGA Tour residents of Isleworth and Lake Nona. In that way, Woods’ agents, the International Management Group, can limit media access and keep the circus atmosphere to a minimum – credential requests are being carefully screened. (The Dog posted this a month a ago )

The argument against returning at Tavistock is that if Woods also plays Bay Hill later that week, it would entail six rounds of golf in seven days after a lot of inactivity. Woods could blow off Bay Hill, but the best preparation for a major is real tournament conditions. He has won the Bay Hill event six times, including the last two years.

It has been reported that Haney has rented a home in Augusta the week of the Masters, although that would not in itself be a guarantee that Woods is playing. Haney might be there in any event because the entire golfing world tends to congregate under the oak tree outside the clubhouse.

Meanwhile, there is speculation that Woods’ caddie, Steve Williams, could be fired. Williams recently appeared on New Zealand television discussing his boss’ indiscretions. Williams said on the telecast that he was angry at Woods over the scandal and would have spoken up had he been privy to Woods’ extramarital transgressions.

Woods has never approved of his inner circle getting too chatty – his first caddie, Mike (Fluff) Cowan, was fired when he began to get too much media attention. But it would be hard to see Woods making a comeback with someone other than Williams on the bag, as the two have grown extremely close over the years.

The Dog is happy about this and again hopes Tiger can get on the golf course…keep his ‘Johnson’ in his pants and keep his wife happy with him….

The Dog also hopes that his wife will manage to spend more time with her husband…..who seems to need that very much so…..
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more_sports/2010/03/09/2010-03-09_tiger_on_prowl.html#ixzz0hhevbnVy

March 9, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Health, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Travel, Updates, Women | | Leave a comment