Woods box set: Big tease Ti i

For­mer champ’s roller­coaster life keeps us on edge of our seats, writes James Corrigan

The New Zealand Herald - - SPORT -

Net­flix should surely bow to the temp­ta­tion and buy up “Tiger Woods, Pro­fes­sional Golfer”. It is the show that keeps on giv­ing; episode af­ter episode, se­ries af­ter se­ries, box set af­ter box set. Break­ing Bad with spikes on.

There were a few signs the tale was los­ing its in­ter­est, but this sea­son has been a clas­sic, quite the achieve­ment con­sid­er­ing he has not hit a com­pet­i­tive shot since Fe­bru­ary. Out­side the ropes, Woods has con­tin­ued to lasso us all.

There was the driv­ing-un­der-the­in­flu­ence saga and the en­su­ing rev­e­la­tions about his de­pen­dency on pre­scrip­tion drugs and yet another hum­bling jour­ney through re­hab.

There were the naked pic­tures re­leased of him and a for­mer girlfriend and the rapid court ac­tion to take them down. And, all the while, in the back­ground there has been the back prob­lem, that tick­ing time bomb which the ob­server is never al­lowed to for­get and which threat­ens to blow the en­tire script asun­der.

Woods has played his role ad­mirably, open­ing up his char­ac­ter to al­low us a glimpse, but never enough to re­alise the full picture. “Show, don’t tell,” in all its glory.

Take the Pres­i­dents Cup. In the guarded old days, he would have bat­ted

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