Jan
20
2010
Ogilvy to Tiger: Speak Before You Play
By Stephanie Wei under General

Speaking to reporters at the Abu Dhabi Championship, Geoff Ogilvy, who is well respected and considered one of the most eloquent players on the PGA Tour, offered some thoughtful advice for Tiger Woods:

Tiger should actually come out in public before, and not at a golf tournament.

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.

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.

So, when will he return?

The least amount of circus he could face would be if he went to Augusta first, as that would be the most controlled environment he could be in. But then if he truly wants to win at Augusta he’s going to want to play before then. Whenever he returns, it’s going to be a big day.

And yes, it’s redemption time for the formerly repressed golf media:

The first press conference he does is going to be a crazy one. A lot of people who have been afraid to ask questions for 10 or 12 years won’t be quite as hesitant to ask questions as they used to be and Tiger is going to have to answer questions.

Ogvily hopes he’s not one of the hapless individuals that gets paired with Tiger:

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. It would probably not be ideal to have to play with him.

Like the nonstop camera clicking and ginormous galleries weren’t distracting enough before the unfortunate scandal broke. Sucks for the poor souls who score that inauspicious draw.

There you have it — when Ogilvy speaks, he speaks the truth. Hopefully his message is conveyed to Tiger, who should make his next call to Ogilvy.

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