Yell fore, Tiger Woods, because you just hit–to quote the title of a certain book–a Big Miss.
This time, it comes in the form of the former No. 1 doing a Q/A with fans on his website Monday rather than meeting with the media in advance of this week’s Quail Hollow Championship in Charlotte.
Here is a link to the so-called press conference.
Basically, it is Woods first reading the question and then supplying the answer. The difficult (not!) queries include:
How many practice rounds do you play before a tournament?
What do you think is the coolest trophy among the four majors? (A: Claret Jug)
Do you have a good chance of winning?
The video session lasted 14 minutes, and surprise, surprise, it included two sponsor-related questions that produced nice plugs. His public just has to know about Fuze.
Naturally, Woods’ critics pounced. Geoff Shackelford wrote:
Love the minimalist hostage video and echoey (sound)…The only thing missing is Tiger holding up today’s paper.
Stina Sternberg of Golf Digest did this tweet:
Downloading Tiger’s video for those sleepless nights when counting sheep doesn’t work.
Jason Sobel of GolfChannel.com said.
Boy, that Tiger Woods is a swell guy.
He obviously knows how overworked we in the golf media are on a week-in, week-out basis. He undoubtedly understands our difficulties in trying to ask and re-ask new, exciting interview questions in hopes of writing and rewriting new, exciting pieces about him.
(Your sarcasm detector should be beeping feverishly by now…)
And so what has Tiger done for all of the hardworking members of the press focused on his every move? He gave us the day off.
Prior to most tournaments, Woods usually meets with the media in an interview area just off the green following Wednesday’s pro-am. It usually lasts 10 minutes tops.
Why couldn’t he have done both the fan Q/A and his media Q/A this week? I don’t think it would have been that taxing.
And it would have saved him from taking more shots from his critics.