A week ago to the day, Blood Sport was released, blowing holes in the Tiger Woods/Hank Haney/Dr. Galea story that there had been only five secret treatments from the good doctor. (Good unlicensed doctor.)
Today, for the first time since the book was published and detailed an astounding fourteen visits from Galea and another forty-nine from Galea’s assistant, Tiger Woods faced the media.
In an embarrassing display of poltroonery, the media ignored the damning implications of the hidden visits and instead asked questions such as one (two, actually) about how life is different for him now than in 2006? This was such a necessary question because, like, no one knows, right?
Then there was a question asking Woods if he was realistically there to win. Woods trotted out his hackneyed schtick about how anything but winning was unacceptable. Of course, this completely contradicts his statements three weeks ago at the DC Open. Folks, it’s 2014. This Woods-bravado-press-fawning act might have been entertaining in 2001, but now it has all the life of a critic-savaged play closing after a two-day run. The actors go through the motions of a final performance, but what’s the point?
The golf media simply could not bring itself to ask the one question demanding to be asked. One American female asked a question. Christine Brennen? Karen Crouse? I forget the question, but it wasn’t about Galea. Brennen and Crouse have asked about Galea/PEDs in the past, so it was very disappointing to see they’ve become superfluous bimbos off on a British holiday. (Only one of them asked a question, so I should not lump them together, but screw it. Both failed to ask the question.)
It is instructive that Rory McIlroy, who had his press conference just prior to Woods’s, got none of the kid glove treatment. Some guy asked him about a young, apparently-famous woman Rory had been seen speaking to at a recent gathering. Seems she had just been in a rather serious auto accident, her car flipping six times. (She was okay, thankfully.) Rory was asked about her, and I have no problem with that. However, if that question is asked, how can it be that no one asked Tiger Woods about the 63 visits from convicted-felon Anthony Galea and BALCOite Mark Lindsay? A question about some random famous girl McIlroy knows is fair game, but not 63 visits from unlicensed doctors to Woods’s private residence? It’s a real stretch to link a pretty girl’s car crash to professional golf, but not so hard to link questions about PED usage to golf.
My current working theory is that the Tim Finchem and the golf media are hellbent on keeping a full-blown Woods PED scandal from erupting in the next year-and-a-half — time enough for Woods to reach age 40 and be inducted into the golf Hall of Fame. They fear he will wind up like Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, and Sammy Sosa, who have all been kept out of the baseball Hall of Fame because of their links to PEDs.
Look, golf media, if you truly think Woods is pure as the driven snow when it comes to PEDs, why not ask him about the holes in his story, and let him explain them himself? If there’s “nothing to see here,” give him a chance to clear his name.