Interesting is the best word I can come up with for this Rick Reilly column on Tiger. The timing, for Reilly, is sublime – 24 hours before the Masters. With college basketball over and MLB’s clumsy staggering of opening day, the column could be a huge talking point for the next 24 hours.
In summary: Since Tiger’s dad died six years ago, Tiger hasn’t spoken to his three half siblings. They’re all 17-20 years older the Tiger (from his dad’s first marriage) and Reilly just kind of … presents this information. (Tiger has, however, hung out with one of their kids, Cheyenne Woods, the Wake Forest golfer.) Then, there’s this:
“We haven’t asked Tiger for a dime,” says Earl Jr., who lives in Phoenix. “Not even tickets to a tournament. But Kevin’s losing his home. He needs a caregiver and he can’t have a caregiver and keep his home at the same time. And we can’t do that, we don’t have the means. He can’t move into Royce’s house because of the stairs. And he’s got a dog.
“Nobody’s asking for money here, but [a caregiver] really would be nice for Kevin. It would make Kevin comfortable. He wouldn’t have to leave his house. … But we’d at least like to be able to find out how Tiger is, to find out if he’s OK, and to let him know if we’re OK.”
Tough one. You could play the “the guy’s worth millions, why can’t he throw them a couple bucks?” angle and then get this one in response: “yeah, you go that route and then when does it stop?” It’s a dicey topic that is probably far more complicated than any of us will know.
I am curious about one thing – so these family members haven’t written a book, or gone to the press … but now they speak to ESPN’s Rick Reilly the week Tiger might be “back” and win his first major since his life unraveled?
Can’t we just focus on less weighty topics like Tiger kind of being a snooty dick at press conferences?
Or what happened in the driveway of his home a few Thanksgivings ago?
Or Tiger banging a menstruatingPerkins waitress?
Or Tiger shagging everything with a pulse in Vegas?
Previously: After 924 Days, Tiger Woods Won a Tournament