Speaking at a press conference in Ireland Tiger Woods refused to answer any personal questions and became visibly upset when pressed about his misdemeanors.
Woods announced that he would be travelling directly home after J.P. McManus’ Celebrity Pro-Am at Adare Manor, Limerick. He is set to compete at the British Open in St. Andrew’s next week and it was presumed he would travel onward to St. Andrew’s to practice on the links.
When asked why he would not be practicing for next week’s competition the 14-time major cup winner said “Because I need to go home.” A cheeky reporter asked if his decision to travel home was due to “personal stuff”. The question was greeted with a sharp glare from Woods who said “To see my kids.”
Woods was asked if his recent extramarital affairs had anything to do with his poor performances he said “I think you are reading too deep into this."
The Irish press continued to grill Woods on his marriage break up but their questions were greeted with tense answers and finally a sad-eyed silence.
Woods played at the Irish charity event where he shot a 3-under-par of 69 on Tuesday. This Celebrity Pro-am is Woods’ first appearance abroad since his extramarital activity became public at the beginning of this year.
Over 40,000 Irish golfers offered Woods a friendly welcome at the Limerick celebrity pro-am but it seems he didn’t feel the same warmth from the Irish journalists.
The event was attend by a swarm of celebrities and Irish billionaires including Michael Douglas, Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Grant, Aidan Quinn, Kyle MacLachlan and Peter Gallagher; English Premier League soccer coaches Harry Redknapp and Martin O’Neill; and Irish boyband Westlife.
Tiger arrived to Limerick on Monday just hours after he had ranked 46th place at the AT&T National in Pennsylvania.
In the first round of J.P McManus’ Invitational Pro-Am in Limerick he shot a 7-over 79 on Monday. Playing at the Adare Manor Golf Resort he bogeyed six holes, double-bogeyed the 5th, and managed a lone birdie on the 17th.
A car picked him up on the 18th hole to bring him to his helicopter. The troubled golf stayed overnight at the Limerick mansion of billionaire McManus.
There were no major celebrities on Woods team. However a Swiss banker, Bernard Droux, played with more consistency than Woods, who complimented him on his technique.
It seems that Woods is suffering with his short game. It’s hoped that he will rediscover his game before next week’s British Open at St. Andrew’s. In the past he had won this event in 2000 and 2005.
The Limerick Pro-Am takes place every five years. Its organizer J.P McManus is a well know Irish billionaire, horse breeder, gambler and speculator. The event brings together Irish business leaders and Hollywood celebrities. It is expected to raise $37 million for Irish charities.