Just finished watching Tiger's Masters press conference, and I have to say that I'm pleasantly surprised. You may remember a piece I wrote back in February about Tiger's first press conference. I felt the multiple news channels covering it were giving him way too much credit for something that seemed staged and insincere.
However, today's press conference was much better for Woods, and he may have even gotten some people back on his side with it. While there are still plenty of questions left unanswered, Tiger did a good job of actually looking like he regretted what he had done. While I didn't believe he was sincere back in February, I actually think he regrets his actions now. I was won over by Woods repeatedly mentioning how much he has hurt his family with his selfish actions. While he talked about this in his February speech, it seemed as though he actually meant it this time. It was more about how he's hurt those around him, and less about how he'd hurt himself. That's a good first step in his quest to win back the hearts of fans.
Of course one obvious reason this presser may have seemed more sincere is because it was a Q&A, while his press conference back in February was him simply giving a speech about the whole debacle. Being able to see him interact with the press helped him to show personality, and remind everyone of his charismatic former self that has been absent from the public eye since Thanksgiving. While the press conference doesn't earn Tiger a free pass from everyone, a win this week at Augusta will surely have more and more people jumping back on the El Tigre bandwagon.