Tiger Woods Couldn't Set Aside Arrogance

He's choked up one second, lecturing the media the next
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2010 11:20 AM CST
Tiger Woods makes a statement at the Sawgrass Players Club, Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.   (AP Photo/Sam Greenwood, Pool)

(Newser) – Great athletes must possess "extraordinary arrogance," writes sports author John Feinstein. They must know they can make that clutch shot. Tiger Woods is a perfect example, and that's precisely why yesterday's scripted news conference fell flat. "At a moment when the arrogance that makes him a great golfer should have been put aside, he couldn't do it," Feinstein writes in the Washington Post.

"Seconds after delivering his various mea culpas, he started lecturing the media." He also refused to take questions. "Let's be sure we have this straight: Woods, who says he now understands that he's not above the rules of common decency, is still above answering questions from those who are paid to represent a public that has helped make him a billionaire." If Tiger wants to make tangible first step, let's see him sit out the Masters in April to, as he put it, "work on my problem."

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