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11:11 AM ET 04.29 | If you're interested in what Tiger Woods thinks about Quail Hollow, the Wells Fargo Championship and the state of his golf game, he's going to talk about those things on his website (www.tigerwoods.com) Monday rather than address the media prior to the tournament next week. Rather than do a pre-tournament media session at various events, Woods will post a video on his website that will include him answering questions submitted by fans via his Twitter account and Facebook. The first video is expected to be posted on Monday. "Instead of talking to the media, he'll talk directly to his fans," Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg said. "With social media today, it made sense to connect to (fans) so we'll selectively pick some events to do that." Steinberg said Woods has made himself available for a formal interview or an informal gathering with reporters prior to the start of each tournament he has played. That will change at Quail Hollow next week. He will not address the media on Wednesday either before or after his pro-am round. Woods will still talk with the media after he plays tournament rounds and will do pre-tournament interviews where is the defending champion, at major championships and selected events. Steinberg said the new initiative is not in response to media criticism, most recently when Woods was criticized for kicking a club after hitting a bad shot at the Masters.

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April 29, 2012  01:02 PM ET

1- Tiger giving the press limited access is nothing new.
2- The spam comment by MolinaChris30217195 would work better if someone named Allen had posted something, and it wasn't the first comment posted.

April 29, 2012  03:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

1- Tiger giving the press limited access is nothing new.

And this way he doesn't have to look at anyone to reply.. and can pick the questions he wants to answer.. guess he's too busy to make the media events.. the guy is still a jerk

April 29, 2012  08:25 PM ET

He gets to interact with his fans at every event he plays in so that sounds like bs from his agent. This is something that keeps the media away from him. I can understand why he would want that but to say it's because he wants to talk directly to his fans is insulting. Tiger doesn't seem to like people in general and golf fans in particular.

April 29, 2012  10:39 PM ET

Wow what a Control Freak..this just gives Haney Book more credence about his controlling personality!!!

April 30, 2012  07:36 AM ET

Tiger Woods has fans? Ah, no. He has a few stupid adorers but they are all media SI writers.

Now let's see, Nicklaus is receiving the Congressional Gold medal right? Isn't that the same "award" that congress was contemplating giving Showboat before his ex took a five-iron to his visage? And they were going to give it to him for Sportsmanship and breaking down racial barriers? Now there's an oxymoron. A guy that spits on the green, throws his clubs, curses like a little boy and has no respect for anyone else. How did they get sportsmanship out of that? And, he didn't break any racial barriers. Didn't anyone ever hear of Lee Elders or Charlie Sifford?

The day may yet come when the media no longer shoves this clown down our collective throats.

April 30, 2012  09:32 AM ET

Outstanding! I'm going to have to get a Twitter account!!!!!!!!!!!

April 30, 2012  10:39 AM ET
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Tiger Woods has fans? Ah, no. He has a few stupid adorers but they are all media SI writers.

And Golf Channel employees.

And is it any surprise that yet another "new" golf thread is about Drick?

April 30, 2012  11:06 AM ET

All Eldrick, all the time. Kick a club, curse your coach, get married again. Cheat on her. Kick a club, curse your coach, get married again. Cheat on her. Kick a club, curse your coach, get married again. Cheat on her. Career over.

April 30, 2012  01:34 PM ET

I always knew it would take a real clown to make John Daly -- as much as I like the guy -- look like a class act, but damned if Drick hasn't done it !!!

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April 30, 2012  05:19 PM ET
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Big John may be a train wreck, but I'd bet my house that most (if not all of them) tour players would have a beer and a steak with him than Tiger.

But only if he wears the snazzy trousers !

April 30, 2012  07:03 PM ET
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But only if he wears the snazzy trousers !

I have a pair of those snazzy trousers. Quite the conversation piece.

April 30, 2012  08:45 PM ET
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I have a pair of those snazzy trousers. Quite the conversation piece.

Hope you keep them in your closet.

April 30, 2012  08:46 PM ET
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Big John may be a train wreck, but I'd bet my house that most (if not all of them) tour players would have a beer and a steak with him than Tiger.

Yes, and John keeps his cool when he's playing. His breakfast may consist of a fig newton and a cigarette but he doesn't act like a child while he's on the course. I walked into GolfSmith today to look at the Callaway Razor X's and because it's last year's model the price has dropped a hundred dollars. It will take three weeks to get them because I was fitted to a two degree flat lie (my old Mizuno's were 1 degree). I can't wait to get them. I'm happier than a six year old at Christmas. If you have a Golfsmith anywhere near you and you've never been fitted before, trust me, you won't be sorry. The have a nice system going there and the people are good at what they do.

April 30, 2012  08:50 PM ET
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Yes, and John keeps his cool when he's playing. His breakfast may consist of a fig newton and a cigarette but he doesn't act like a child while he's on the course. I walked into GolfSmith today to look at the Callaway Razor X's and because it's last year's model the price has dropped a hundred dollars. It will take three weeks to get them because I was fitted to a two degree flat lie (my old Mizuno's were 1 degree). I can't wait to get them. I'm happier than a six year old at Christmas. If you have a Golfsmith anywhere near you and you've never been fitted before, trust me, you won't be sorry. The have a nice system going there and the people are good at what they do.

Agreed, Jon. I've had great success in dealing with Golfsmith. My wife bought my new TaylorMade Burners irons there for my B-day. Good, knowledge staff.

April 30, 2012  11:28 PM ET
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Yes, and John keeps his cool when he's playing.

Until he runs out of golf balls after hitting them all in the water. Then he just walks off the course.

May 1, 2012  08:18 AM ET

How funny would it be if the first video he posts is Highlander! I would like Tiger a lot more if he would get a sense of humor. He's still a solid golfer but he is more concerned with the media than his play and this just goes to show it. He needs to get back to having fun again and the rest will take care of itself.

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