Column: Don´t expect the truth from Camp Tiger
The Cablinasian Diva is at it again. For the third time since 2010, Tiger Woods has walked off a golf course while playing a PGA Tour event. Each time he walked off he was hopelessly out of reach of winning and at no time has he ever withdrawn when in contention.
Woods left on the 12th hole at the WGC Cadillac Championship during Sunday’s round after shooting two over par for the round. He was taken by a cart to his personal car in the parking lot at Doral Country Club rather than go to the clubhouse where the media was assembled. He refused questions from media that approached him in the parking lot until a rep for PGA Tour media asked him to make a statement. All he said was “Tell them it’s my leg.”
He then drove off driving his own Mercedes with caddie Joe LaCava riding shotgun. He was followed by a camera on the blimp driving down the highway reminiscent of O. J. Simpson in the white Bronco many years ago. Granted the Mercedes is probably an automatic transmission but if he was so hurt, why wasn’t Lacava driving?
Shortly thereafter Tiger’s PR spin machine jumped into damage control issuing all the same enabler gibberish we have become accustomed to from Team Tiger.
“He had tightness in the left Achilles warming up and it got progressively worse as the round went on,” said his office in a prepared statement.
“After hitting my tee shot on 12, I felt it was necessary to withdraw,” Woods said. “In the past, I would have continued to play, but this time I decided to do what I thought was necessary.”
“I’ll get my Achilles evaluated sometime early next week,” he said.
Evaluated sometime next week? Here he is, the most recognizable athlete in the world having just withdrawn from a World Golf Championship event with an alleged injury to a leg that has allegedly been hurt before and his isn’t going to get it looked at until “sometime early next week?” Tiger Woods doesn’t have some orthopedic doctor on speed dial to come right over or meet him at the office?
Well, well lo and behold another announcement came out of the Tiger Woods mouthpiece machinery on Monday, "Got good news from doc tonight," Woods tweeted Monday night. "Only mild strain of left Achilles. Can resume hitting balls late in week and hopeful for next week."
The problem with Tiger Woods and his handlers is you can’t believe a word they say. Woods is an admitted (marital) cheater and is obviously having difficulty adjusting to his three year and counting run of mediocrity.
The golf media continues to enable the admitted addict. An addict is an addict. They may change their drug of choice but an addictive personality can be manifested in many ways. Woods bails out of another golf tournament, insults everybody on the way out, drives his own car off the property and the lap dogs in the media can’t wait to buy the BS he sells them in his explanation.
Clearly the American media has a stake in Woods. Woods moves the needle, stirs the drink and makes the cash register sing. American media is an advertising driven medium. Television and print media are in the business of selling eyeballs to advertisers and Woods provides eyeballs like nobody else in golf. His current soap opera only adds to the drama he brings with his golf game. For them, there is no financial gain in calling Woods out and exposing him.
We are still waiting for an explanation of why Dr Anthony Galea made at least one house call to Woods Orlando residence after his 2009 knee surgery. Galea was and is not licensed to practice medicine in the United States and was indicted on criminal charges for bringing drugs across the border from Canada.
Why would the most recognizable and most highly compensated athlete in the world use an unlicensed doctor to treat him when he could have had any medical professional he wanted? Allegedly it was for “blood spinning” which is legal in the US. There are many US doctors who practice blood spinning, some right in Florida. Why not use a US doctor?
Why? Because that wasn’t exactly a six pack of Bud Light Dr Galea had in his diddy bag when he visited Woods. It had to have been HGH, a drug that Galea himself admits to using and administering to other athletes. There is no other reason yet that essentially goes unreported.
Another fallacy being promulgated by the golf media regarding his physical problems is that Tiger is “an old 36.” No he isn’t. He has played less than half of the PGA Tour events in his career and takes weeks at a time off. He plays fewer events than any other Tour player who has full status. Oh, it must be his workout program. Has anyone actually seen him working out?
If Woods has ever had a bad drug test we wouldn’t know it since the ultimate autocrat and control freak in golf, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem, does not release drug testing results, fines or suspensions for fear it would give the game a bad name and ultimately cost him and others lots of money.
Tendon injuries are the common side effect of anabolic steroid use and these are the types of injuries Woods continues to have. At some point the truth may come out but don’t expect it to come from Camp Tiger, the PGA Tour or the complicit golf media.Written by Wayne Mills
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