On Monday morning, Tiger Woods appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America to promote his new book, The 1997 Masters: My Story. He spoke about the mental fortitude that fueled his past success, but the 14-time major champion offered little about his future, sticking to the script golf fans have grown accustomed to hearing in recent years.

When GMA host Michael Strahan asked him if he planned to play in the 2017 Masters, which is only two weeks away, Woods said:

“God, I hope so. I’m trying. I’m trying everything to get back and play.”

The most interesting part of Woods’ GMA appearance was a putting contest that saw the four-time Masters winner face off against Strahan, a 15-year NFL veteran with a Super Bowl ring and seven Pro Bowl appearances. The competitive juices were flowing (at least for a morning TV show) and Woods capped off the exhibition with a buzzer beater and a signature fist pump that was surprisingly powerful (and graceful) for a man said to be unable to hit golf balls right.

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  1. Ouch, that receding hairline!

    I’m no fan of his but I actually think he’s quite good at this stuff, admittedly as much as it may be an act on his part, he’s pretty good on TV in this type of situation. It does show up a major misjudgement made bu him/his management during the bulk of his career. If he had done a few of these a year, ok it might have slightly damaged what he saw as his “impregnable aura of invincibility” amongst his peers, but I think it would have softened a lot of golf fans to him who otherwise have been polarised against him with his on course and in press conference actions over the years.

  2. Tiger on with Van Pelt (espn) tonite. Sounds like a broken record, more reps, trying to feel better. I think he’s trying to convince himself. I don’t feel sorry for him, but it must be tough for him…