At this point, there's probably a better chance Tom Cruise gets Tiger Woods to admit he ordered a "Code Red" on Santiago than there is of Woods answering questions about the state of his personal life.

Not that his silence will stop people from asking. That's particularly true in England, Scotland or any other part of the British Isles, where media jousting might as well be a demonstration sport in the 2012 Olympics. Woods heard all the usual questions in advance of this week's British Open at St. Andrews and provided all the usual silence in return.

But at least until Woods starts to look like the Woods of old on the course, is it fair game to ask him about things that derailed his life off the course? Depends who you ask.

Cameron (Raleigh, NC)

Bob, Phil has never had a great 4-day performance at a British Open. Is St. Andrew's a good course for him this year?

Bob Harig
Bob Harig

Cameron, I'll quibble with you a little bit. In 2004 he barely missed a playoff at Troon. But other than that you're right, his record is not very good at the British Open. And I've never undersood that, really. His short game imagination should be so well suited to those courses. He did tie for 11th at St Andrews in 2000. I simply think it is more a matter of him playing well. If he hits the ball solidly and makes putts, he should be tough anywhere. Full transcript

Truth is, nobody cares about the Open because they know Tiger won't compete. His game is shot and until he shows otherwise the casual fans don't really care.


Tiger won't win until he actually deals with this publicly. He has so much burden that it is affecting his mental game.

-- rexcars