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US PGA Tour getting ready for Tiger show

Published:Friday | February 19, 2010 | 12:00 AM


When Tiger Woods makes his first public appearance in nearly three months today, the big question is: what will he say?

The topic was intriguing Americans - Woods was a trendy subject on Twitter a full day before his appearance.

Almost as intriguing is which "friends, colleagues and close associates" will be in the Sunset Room on the second floor of the Mediterranean-style clubhouse at the TPC Sawgrass.

Woods hasn't been seen in public since crashing his car into a tree outside his Florida home on November 27, sparking sordid revelations of infidelity, and he hasn't been heard in the 78 days since a magazine released a voicemail that he allegedly left for one of the women to whom he has been romantically linked, pleading with her to remove his number from her cellphone.

US PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, who made the clubhouse available and was offering logistical help, has said he would attend, and as many as four other members of his executive staff will be in the room.

"While Tiger feels that what happened is fundamentally a matter between him and his wife, he also recognises that he has hurt and let down a lot of other people who were close to him," his agent, Mark Steinberg, said in an email on Wednesday.

Woods essentially will be speaking to the lone camera allowed in the room. It will be televised live via satellite.

Three networks - ABC, CBS and NBC - will carry the statement live. ESPN will have it live on all its platforms, including Internet streaming, radio and mobile. The Golf Channel will start coverage at 10:30 a.m. - call it a 30-minute pre-game show.