May 11th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

What can rest of us learn from Tiger Woods?


Tiger Woods lines up his putt on the second green during the final round of The Players Championship Sunday in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Tiger Woods is no longer just about golf, regardless of what he says. His swing coach, Hank Haney, quit. Says he wants to move on. Woods won a third of the tournaments he entered and more than $51 million while Haney was his coach.

Nobody walks away from that kind of success unless he sees something the rest of us are beginning to.

Since Woods' so-called comeback, he has been less than stellar. Fourth at the Masters, missed the cut at Quail Hollow after shooting a second round 79 and quit in the middle of the fourth round of the Players Championship. Said he had a disc problem in his neck that had been bothering him since before the Masters.

But last Friday when he was asked about his health, he told a reporter he was 100 percent.

Like the details surrounding the Thanksgiving crash of his SUV, something is missing. And now the man who coached one of the greatest swings golf has ever seen, Hank Haney, is also missing. And suddenly Woods is noncommittal about playing in the U.S. Open in June.

When he was in rehab, he was forced to admit a lot of things that probably made him uncomfortable.

But when he returned to golf, the bravado was still there. The arrogance and impatience were still there. You could see him trying to mask it, but it was still there.

What was missing was the golf game. Granted when you're blessed with the kind of ability Tiger Woods has, it's probably too soon to count him out.

But there are growing signs Tiger Woods is a very long way from coming to terms with himself and his demons. And until he's able to do that, it's going to be a struggle.

I know. I have been there.

Here’s my question to you: What can the rest of us learn from Tiger Woods?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


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March 12th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

What kind of reception for Tiger if he returns at Masters?


FILE PHOTO: Tiger Woods poses with his trophy after the final round of the 2009 Australian Masters on November 15 in Melbourne. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

After months of hiding out, the implosion of his personal life and squeaky clean reputation... and lots and lots of therapy - Tiger Woods might soon play golf again.

The AP reports Woods will likely play for the first time at the Masters in April - and there are other reports he could play at Bay Hill in the Arnold Palmer Invitational later this month. His agent says "no decision has been made yet."

But just imagine the TV ratings if he returns. In the past couple weeks - Woods has been practicing near his Florida home, including work with his swing coach.

Woods hasn't played in a tournament for four months - since November 15th - when he won the Australian Masters. Less than two weeks after his 82nd career victory - he crashed his SUV into a tree near his home in the middle of the night... which launched an avalanche of creepy revelations about his infidelities.

When Woods made his first public appearance last month in that tightly scripted, awkward event at PGA Headquarters... he said he would play golf again and didn't rule out this year.

Meanwhile - it's more than his golf swing that needs work. Tiger is also working on him image - which was more badly damaged than his SUV. He has lost a boatload of valuable sponsors not to mention the respect of many fans. There are reports that Woods has hired former Bush White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, who owns a PR sports firm, to help plan his comeback.

And the Masters may be a pretty good place to do it... Tiger has won there four times... plus it's the only tournament where the media aren't allowed inside the ropes.

Here’s my question to you: If Tiger Woods returns at the Masters, what kind of reception will he get?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 5pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

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February 18th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

How can Tiger Woods rehabilitate his image?



FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

So Tiger Woods has decided to talk… just in time for the Masters.

Woods is scheduled to speak publicly for the first time tomorrow at PGA headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

But there will be no questions allowed; and only a select few members of the press will be permitted to attend.

Woods will say what he has to say about the total collapse of his personal life and professional career - and then walk away, presumably expecting that to be the end of it. No questions, no need to admit more than the bare minimum - and then, bingo. Back to the business of playing golf, making millions and rescuing television's golf ratings.

Piece of cake. But my guess is it won't work.

If he's looking for forgiveness, he has to ask - humbly and with contrition. He has to answer questions about why he decided to throw away his marriage and arguably the most successful career in the history of sports for a few stolen moments. Well, a lot of stolen moments actually - with a bunch of bimbos.

In other words, he has to convince the sponsors, his fans, and his fellow golf pros that he is something besides an artificial, superficial, spoiled athlete.

If he doesn't do that, it will be a short comeback.

Here’s my question to you: How can Tiger Woods rehabilitate his image?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


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