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Tiger's $1m promise

Jay Busbee, The Devil Ball blog, Yahoo!7 May 25, 2011, 10:06 am

Say this for Tiger Woods: the man knows gamesmanship.

Woods, sidelined by a troublesome knee injury, was scheduled to speak to the press in advance of the AT&T National Tuesday morning. And since the story of Woods' fall from golf's pinnacle is always the most significant story in golf, Woods knew he'd be getting barraged with questions about his health and his projected return. So, minutes before he was scheduled to begin the press conference, he tweeted this:

Tiger's charity pledge via Twitter.

Wow. That's taking media manipulation to a whole new level. Imagine if this catches on ... you'd have athletes offering a million bucks to charity if nobody asked them about allegations of cheating, or steroids, or that boneheaded play they made that cost their team the game. You'd have politicians promising to enrich orphans if nobody asked them about that embarrassing incident in the hotel room back in the '90s. This could warp journalism forever!

So would the media take the bait? Would they back down and not ask the only question anyone really cares about regarding Woods?

Nope. Very first question was about Woods' health, and he smiled as soon as it was halfway asked. "There goes the donation," said one of his staffers.

(For the record, Woods gave another of his non-answer answers, saying his health is not great but that it's better than in 2008, when he was sidelined for more than half a year and came back to win half a dozen tournaments. He hopes to be back by the U.S. Open, but is doubtful for any tournaments before that.)

There it was, then. A million dollars gone. Well, not gone, just not given to charity. Woods didn't break character, and nobody asked whether he was serious about keeping a million bucks from his foundation just to control the conversation. The press conference ended without another word on the donation, but just afterward, Woods tweeted a followup:

Tiger stays charitable via Twitter

So there you go, all a big goof. This time, anyway.More from The Devil Ball blog.

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  1. John04:52pm Wednesday 25th May 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    Tiger I hope you beat Jacks 18 major championships, I have no doubt you will do it, and more than 18 hopefully. just fix them knees like the six million dollar man and you'll be ok mate.

  2. lovina04:45pm Wednesday 25th May 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    sorry Tiger Woods they were only jealous, because they can't afford to waste money to have lots of yummie things. if they got money they will be in the same boat with you.

  3. Garry03:35pm Wednesday 25th May 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    So they can ask him about his adultery and his extra marital affairs as long as they dont mention his sore leg. I wouldve thought answering questions about his leg would be much easier than answering questions about the other things.

  4. John says03:29pm Wednesday 25th May 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    And the world needed to know this tripe because ..... ?

  5. 03:00pm Wednesday 25th May 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    The press just cant help themselves dirt bags they are F/ Wits thats what they are , everyday I get to hate the jurnos more and more

  6. Anselme02:51pm Wednesday 25th May 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    If he gives me a million dollars I won't ask him about being a sex addict or a cheat!

  7. 02:46pm Wednesday 25th May 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    Kris - me :) Robert - nope, mistresses are regular so to speak, Woods clearly had a penchant for individual conquests.

  8. crackhead02:35pm Wednesday 25th May 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    he can root my missus 4 only 500.000

  9. keep02:30pm Wednesday 25th May 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    What a complete flog you are A...racist how? sounds to me that you are the racist here.

  10. Wombat02:13pm Wednesday 25th May 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    Donating to his own charity or in other words controlling where part of his tax is spent.