It won’t be a press conference, Tiger Woods’ spokesman was quick to tell The Associated Press, but the scandal-plagued golfer will speak publicly for the first time since Nov. 27 when he makes a statement to a select group of reporters at the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedre Beach, Fla., on Friday.
Woods will not take questions.
His spokesman, Mark Steinberg, said Woods will apologize to his fans and talk about his plans for the future.
Woods has been on a reported break from golf since crashing his SUV on Nov. 27 as part of a suspected domestic dispute, and subsequent widespread reporting of numerous extramarital affairs.
I was one of those who had hoped to see Tiger both speak publicly more quickly than he has — and get back to golf more quickly than he has. We’ll see what he has to say.
There’s been a great deal of speculation over whether he would return in time for The Masters.
I can’t see him making The Masters his return. That would seem to overshadow the event and drag all of his baggage into a venue that you think he’d want to spare that sideshow.
At the same time, both the gallery and media at The Masters are limited. You won’t have TMZ running around Augusta National. So I don’t think it’s out of the question to think he’ll be back.
Certainly, it would be A Masters unlike any other.