Tiger Woods Hires Ari Fleischer, Plans Return

Bush's old PR guy reportedly helping with March 25 return

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 11, 2010 1:04 PM CST

(Newser) – Tiger Woods is expected to return to golf at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on March 25, and he’s hired none other than former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer to help him plan the comeback. “They were in his living room this week going over a strategy for how to handle Bay Hill in two weeks,” a source tells the New York Post. Another added that he’d be “shocked” if Woods didn’t play.

Palmer, too, has reportedly told close friends that he expects Tiger to play, and organizers are quietly preparing for an outsized media presence. One friend told the Golf Channel yesterday that he might return slightly earlier, at the Tavistock Cup on the 22nd. Woods hired Fleischer, who also tried to help Mark McGwire repair his image after the steroids scandal, because he knows he’ll have to answer press questions when he does return.

Ari Fleischer, former White House Press Secretary and Spokesman for former President George W. Bush, speaks to a breakfast gathering, Sept. 26, 2009 at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference.   (AP Photo/The Detroit News, John L. Russell)
In this Feb. 19, 2010, file photo, Tiger Woods pauses during a news conference in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
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