Tiger Woods to talk Friday

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After disappearing from golf since a post-Thanksgiving accident that sparked a tabloid scandal, Tiger Woods will make his first public appearance on Friday.

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Woods will conduct a limited news conference at 11 a.m. on Friday from the PGA Tour's headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The Golf Channel said it will televise the news conference live from footage made available from a pool cameraman.

According to a statement released by Woods' camp, "Tiger Woods will be speaking to a small group of friends, colleagues and close associates at [11 a.m. Friday] at the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Tiger plans to discuss his past and his future and he plans to apologize for his behavior."

"While Tiger feels that what happened is fundamentally a matter between him and his wife, he also recognizes that he has hurt and let down a lot of other people who were close to him," said a statement posted on Woods' web site Wednesday. "He also let down his fans. He wants to begin the process of making amends, and that's what he's going to discuss."

Officials said that Woods will not take questions. Only three wire services and a group of three reporters selected by the Golf Writers Association of America will be allowed to attend on behalf of the media.

"We were asked to help provide a place for him to do this," said PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem in an interview during the first-round coverage of the WGC Match Play event in Arizona. "I'll be as interested as everybody else what he says."

Woods has been virtually unseen and silent since revelations of multiple infidelities that led him to announce on his Web site in December an indefinite leave from golf. He reportedly underwent treatment for sex addiction at a Mississippi facility, prompting the only reported pictures of him since he vanished after a late-night car crash outside of his home in Isleworth prompted a landslide of scrutiny on the world's No. 1 player.

"I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people, most of all my wife and children," Woods said in his last posted statement on Dec. 11. "I want to say again to everyone that I am profoundly sorry and that I ask forgiveness. It may not be possible to repair the damage I've done, but I want to do my best to try.

"After much soul searching, I have decided to take an indefinite break from professional golf. I need to focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and person."

The rumor mill has heated up lately about his possible return to golf. The tabloid website TMZ.com has reported that Woods will play March 22-23 in the Tavistock Cup team matches on his home course at Isleworth and then play in the Masters Tournament. Neither the Woods camp nor the Tavistock Group that operates the exclusive event has confirmed those reports.

Finchem, who has not spoken to Woods during the last three months, said he had no indication what kind of timetable Woods might announce for his return to the game. Finchem said he will return to Florida to attend the news conference.

"I'm assuming that this development means he's making progress on the issues he said he was going to deal with," Finchem said. "We want him to come back and play as soon as possible."

The Wednesday bombshell overshadowed the coverage of the first round of the Match Play event sponsored by Accenture, which happened to be the first sponsor to drop Woods as an endorser in the aftermath of his scandalous revelations. The Friday press conference will dominate the news cycle and conversation on the day the eight quarterfinal matches will be played.

"It's encouraging that he's coming back to at least be seen by the public, and the rest of us, too," said British Open champion Stewart Cink after winning his first-round match. "I consider myself the public when we're talking about this matter. So it's good that we're going to see Tiger Woods.

"I don't know what he's going to talk about, really. I think it's coincidental that he would pick the Friday of Accenture to announce. It's probably got more to do with his schedule than anything else. It will be good to see Tiger's face again, and see that he's actually out there somewhere. We haven't really known much. I'm glad to hear that. I think this is maybe the beginning of the come back process for him."

Top seeds fall


MARANA, Ariz. - Of the 32 matches that took place Wednesday in the Accenture Match Play Championship, 12 ended in upsets.

Steve Stricker, the No. 1 seed in place of Tiger Woods, lost in 19 holes to Ross McGowan, while former Augusta State standout Oliver Wilson defeated Miguel Angel Jimenez and former Louisville, Ga., resident Brian Gay knocked off Kenny Perry.

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/17/10 - 04:18 pm
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Good Tiger .. We know there

Good Tiger .. We know there are always 2 sides to a story...& sometimes 18 sides to a story... but really,, hope you play golf again & keep your personal business to yourself..

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 02/17/10 - 04:29 pm
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Hey pittsburg, I got an idea

Hey pittsburg, I got an idea for you and your tickets. Why not sell them to TMZ, or any of those other tabloids and shows...I'm sure they'd love to buy them and would pay a great amount! Course, if your tickets are for the tournament, your tickets would get yanked up as soon as the first picture was taken by them! They you'd be off the ticket list forever! So, you better be careful who you sell them to. In fact, maybe I'll buy them from you, and then turn around and sell'em to TMZ or whoever has the biggest offer! No skin off my nose what happens to YOUR tickets! LOL!!

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themaninthemirror 02/17/10 - 05:15 pm
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Tiger will never be regarded

Tiger will never be regarded the same as before. He presented the image of a squeaky clean family man, and that is what all of his golf fans admired and respected about him. If this kind of behavior had been practiced and made public when he first came on the scene, it would not have been so shocking to the public. Now, instead of being a solid role model, he is just one of the also rans. Playing golf is what he does, so he should resume his career, but he will never be admired and cheered for the same way.

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1941 02/18/10 - 08:20 am
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I can not understand, why

I can not understand, why people put other people on a pedastal, and when they fall, they are dissapointed!! I have never heard Tiger, say one time, that he wanted all the attention that was given to him!! The people, that are so dissapointed in him need to get a life!! Every woman that he slept with, knew that he was married, where is their apolgy? I like to see him play golf, but then it is back to MY life, I don't think about him until the next time he play!!Mabe, that is what the rest of the people need to do!!It is between him and his wife!!!

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speedy6492 02/18/10 - 10:59 am
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Amen SeenitB4!

Amen SeenitB4!

dani
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dani 02/18/10 - 08:11 pm
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Come back to the tour Tiger.

Come back to the tour Tiger. We miss you.

Semibored
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Semibored 02/18/10 - 11:22 pm
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Top stories in the news -

Top stories in the news - Tiger Woods with his multiple females and Gary Coleman snapping during an interview. Who cares - both losers in life. Talented? Yes. But so was/is John Daly - still a loser in life. Golf was here long before Tiger and Daly and will be here long after they've gone. Please PGA, get some personalities instead of deadhead idiot self-worshipping clones.

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js_ee 02/19/10 - 12:14 am
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Semibored, you can think what

Semibored, you can think what you want, but NO ONE has brought to the game what Tiger has. The numbers don't lie!

js_ee
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js_ee 02/19/10 - 02:04 am
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Semibored, you can think what

Semibored, you can think what you want, but NO ONE has brought to the game what Tiger has. The numbers don't lie!

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