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Friday, November 19, 2010

Tiger Woods changed?

Photo of Woods in 2009 provided by McClatchy News-Service

Tiger Woods says he's a changed person.

He recently went on ESPN's "Mike & Mike in the Morning" and explained how his kids are his top priority.

Woods also added another dimension to how he can get accessed, when he posted his first tweet on the social networking site, Twitter.

At face value, this looks like a calculated effort to steer attention away from the media frenzy that's sure to ask questions about the former No. 1-ranked golfer as the anniversary of his soap-opera scandal looms.

It was last year's Thanksgiving Day holiday that Woods crashed his car and the litany of women came out of the woodwork claiming to have had an affair with El Tigre.

Arguably the biggest sports story in the last 10 years erupted across every conceivable media platform, and every so-called expert has weighed in on the matter.

Woods just capped a 2010 season that yielded zero victories for the first time since turning pro in 1996.

Questions about whether the phenom can surpass Jack Nicklaus' record-setting mark of 18 major championships emerged following the scandal and his lack of form upon returning to the PGA Tour after a self-imposed hiatus.

But perhaps yours truly is wrong, and Woods truly has changed his nature.

Twitter could be a resource for Woods in repairing his damaged image, but only if he allows fans inside his guarded nature.

ESPN's Jason Sobel writes, Woods should use "social media much in the same way players like Stewart Cink and Ian Poulter have embraced the phenomenon. Answer questions from fans -- and not just one-word responses. Post some photographs. Tell a joke. Anything, really, that elicits an emotional response should be seen as a positive at this point."

I couldn't agree more and only time will tell.

But before spinning the clock forward, rewinding to the past shows Woods is an unstoppable force when in peak form:

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