Scorned Tiger Ready to Cry for the Cameras [*Update]
By Stephanie Wei under General

Well, that’s to be determined. But finally, Tiger Woods will break his silence and address the public for the first time since the infamous car “accident” and sex scandal.

On Friday at 11AM EST, he will hold a press conference to apologize for his behavior, explain himself and discuss his future plans, according to Bloomberg:

“Tiger Woods will be speaking to a small group of friends, colleagues and close associates at the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida,” the statement said. “Tiger plans to discuss his past and his future and he plans to apologize for his behavior.”

Woods has obviously taken some recovery steps, [agent Mark] Steinberg said in a telephone interview.

“Tiger feels as though it’s time to make amends and to publicly do that,” [Steinberg] said.

Naturally, Team Tiger has already commanded that he will not take questions from the “small pool of reporters” that will be present. Video cameras will not be permitted either, but it will be aired on the Golf Channel . So it appears Tiger is still trying to control the message, but hey, it’s about time given the rampant speculation over the past two and a half months. Most notable, it’ll be interesting how much Tiger will actually discuss. But it’s probably safe to assume he won’t be addressing certain sensitive issues, like the actual number of mistresses he had (or allegedly knocked up). Either way, it won’t be easy for him to face the media with his new identity and speak about his private life, which remained private for so long.

So will we see a stone-faced defiant Tiger or the never-before-seen emotional, remorseful Tiger? Given he’s taken “recovery steps,” perhaps we’ll see a vulnerable, emotional side of him that he’s never publicly revealed. Or, he’ll read a robotic speech and give some sort of non-explanation. You know, like, “I’m sorry for my behavior. I’ve sought treatment. I request no one bring this up ever again. See you at the Tavistock Cup and The Masters. “

But assuming he’s coming forward because he’s ready to return to golf, hopefully we’ll see he’ll break down and offer his sincere regrets for hurting his family and sponsors, and disappointing his fans. Shedding a real tear or two wouldn’t be the worst thing either — of course, only if it’s genuine.

Now does this mean he’s returning to competition? My guess is, yes. Otherwise, he probably would have stayed hidden behind the gates of Isleworth and posted another hollow statement on his website.

Finally, will Elin be standing by his side with a shiny new rock on her finger a la Kobe Bryant’s wife in his awkward presser?

Oh, the anticipation. The good news is, all signs point to Tiger’s return to the fairways.

*Update (5:00PM): More from Mark Steinberg: “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 he and his wife, he also recognizes that he has hurt a lot of people who were close to him.” Hmm…sounds like he’s pissed at the media and not genuinely sorry.

*Update (5:36PM): It’s also worth noting the timing of this announcement — the first day of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, the event sponsored by the company that was quick to drop him (for understandable reasons). With the Tiger news, it’s completely overshadowed the Match Play, which is pretty rude and selfish. There’s no doubt in my mind that it was intentional. Unless he’s playing next week, then why couldn’t he have waited until Monday? It seems like he’s reasserting command of the situation by striking back at those who he feels wronged him.

*Update (6:00PM): SI’s Alan Shipnuck tweeted: “Latest on TW soliloquy: wire service will be in the room and 3 “pool” reporters, chosen by Golf Writers Assoc. of Am. No ??’s will be asked.” I imagine the atmosphere will be…errr…very tense.