Tiger a joker, when it suits him

Updated: May 27, 2008, 9:28 PM ET
By Jason Sobel
BETHESDA, Md. -- While attending Tiger Woods' press conference to promote the AT&T National on Tuesday, I was reminded of something that a person close to Woods told me recently: "Tiger is only going to tell you what Tiger wants you to know."

I'm not sure that statement ever rang truer, as Woods bobbed and weaved his way around some specific questions in regards to his recent arthroscopic knee surgery and subsequent recovery. Sure, he allowed a few glimpses into life on the comeback trail and beyond -- yes, the knee is still sore; no, he won't miss next month's U.S. Open -- but by and large a Tiger gathering with the media is all pomp, no circumstance when it comes to revealing any hidden secrets.

The flip side of the aforementioned statement is that when he wants you to know something, Woods can be a thoughtful observer and engaging storyteller. Heck, the guy can even make everyone in the room giggle a little bit when he feels like it.