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December 17, 2008
The power of Tiger
Judging by the turnout for his press conference this afternoon at Sherwood Country Club, there's little doubt that Tiger is the absolute center of the golf world.
While there are only a handful of reporters in most of the interviews, the room for Tiger was packed to overflow capacity. Guys like Tim Rosaforte from NBC and Golf World, representatives from media outlets like the New York Times and USA Today are here, and it's primarily because of Tiger. With Tiger not playing this week, most of the press folks won't be here after today.
As for what was said, Tiger fielded mostly questions about his health. He is on schedule for full recovery and has actually started hitting some full shots with his wedges and high clubs. I would not be surprised if he makes a run at trying to play the Buick Invitational in early February.
He only briefly touched on the controversy caused by caddie Steve Williams with his comments about Phil Mickelson. Tiger said he talked with both Williams and Mickelson and the issue is over. He also said Stevie will be on his bag when he returns.
Tiger is probably glad he's not playing this week with all the cold, but it should make for an interesting four days.