On Friday, friends of Tiger received the following "update" from TigerWoods.com.
I signed up for his newsletter more than a year ago because I wanted to see if I was missing anything from Camp Tiger that might be enlightening.
In his first post-Masters post, there was little meat and no reference as to why he hadn't posted since Oct. 9. Until then, he'd written about once a month for his blog. Perhaps only a few folks deep in Mendocino County don't know why Woods hadn't played any tournament golf for a few months.
"I honestly didn't know what to expect from the fans, but they were absolutely incredible from Monday through Sunday," Woods wrote. "It was unreal. They definitely helped me mentally to be more comfortable out there. I was hoping for the best. To get that type of warmth is something I did not expect and will never forget."
At this point, I don't really want to read anything additional about his problems off the course. However, on the course, I continue to lose respect when it comes to Woods' coarse language and club abuse. Older golf fans can correct me, but I don't recall greats such as Jack, Arnie, Gary or Tom cursing or throwing clubs. Granted, they didn't play such media scrutiny.
But if his first tournament was any indication, Woods doesn't yet have a good grip on his anger.
"I received some criticism for bad language, which I apologized for immediately after Saturday's round. It's tough when you're in a competitive environment and in the flow of a tournament. I'm not perfect. All I can say is I'm trying to do everything I can without losing my fire and competitive spirit."
He's the game's greatest player and he gives a lot of money to his causes, but his maturation process remains ground under repair. We will see how he does this week at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, N.C.