The Scotsman has some intelligent questions they’d like to ask Tiger Woods upon his return to golf. None are salacious. All are pertinent, such as:
1. Do you expect open resentment from any of your fellow players? Do you feel like you have let them down in any way?
2. Do you feel you have damaged golf’s image over the last few months? You have already lost more than one corporate sponsorship and the PGA Tour is losing tournament sponsors. How much responsibility for that is down to you and your behaviour?
3. How hard will it be to not respond if/when you are heckled by a crowd? If/when that happens, will you ask for those responsible to be removed from the premises? Or do you feel that, having paid for their tickets, they have a right to openly express their opinions?
4. Will you play in the Open Championship at St Andrews in July? If not, why not?
5. Will you play in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor this year? If not, why not?
6. Your biggest edge over your competition has always been your mental strength under pressure. Has that been enhanced or diminished by what has happened over the last few months?
and my favorites:
22. Do you think, as your friend Steve Stricker recently pointed out, that coming back at the Masters is just another example of your apparently innate selfishness in that the authorities at Augusta would surely have preferred the tournament to be the focus of attention rather than your not-so-good self?
23. What decided the timing of your comeback announcement? Weren’t you tempted to keep stringing everyone along, just to underline the reality that you are the most powerful figure in golf?
To which I’d like to add one of my own:
Do you feel as though you have any obligation at all to the fans who made you a billionaire?