Will the magnolia blossom?

Woods returns to golf

Woods returns to golf

It is Masters week again. Traditionally the first full week of April and the eyes of the golfing world once again turn to Augusta, Georgia. Only this year it is not just the eyes of the golfing world. Whoever is interested in juicy scandals and celebrities in the media of course have a reason to watch. And it is not to see if the magnolia will blossom. Apparently the very cold winter has made that questionable. The question of course is if Woods will blossom.

Leaving aside everything he has done I wonder if it is time to start to give the guy some credit. Walking in to that press conference on Monday I have to say I think was a pretty brave thing to do. Yes it was nicely directed by all his staff and one could argue that the media need Woods a lot more than he needs them, and therefore the questions will always be rather gentle. At least from the media that will ever have access to the players at Augusta. I am not saying that his answers were not carefully thought out and yes, he has been trained from an early age at handling these things. Whether rehab has done him any good is impossible to say. What is clear though is that he sat there and had his shortcomings displayed to the world. Not everybody would be prepared to do that. And of course he had to. His behaviour and character from now on will determine how the world will remember him. At the moment he is a rather sad story of a man who used to be pretty good at golf.

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