Tiger Woods just can't help himself...literally. Faced with a question at the Honda Classic about the revelation from former swing coach Hank Haney that he once considered becoming a Navy Seal, Tiger passed up the opportunity to look like a patriot and just looked petulant blowing off the reporter.
Of course he did, because in his world the most important thing about this situation is making sure he doesn't help Haney sell one more copy of "The Big Miss." Don't blame him for that. Don't blame him for being sensitive about a tell-all book by his former coach. Blame him for not being able to see the forest for the trees.
We all know now why Woods was so intensely guarded about his private life. If he had managed to be a little more private about his personal stuff a couple of years ago, he probably would be knocking on Jack Nicklaus's door right now instead of having everyone speculate about whether he'll break The Golden Bear's record of major victories. But his reflexive defensiveness when faced with a question about his admiration of the military did not serve him well.
Whatever Haney's intent in revealing that, the only answer to give in that situation -- especially when you're trying to make everyone forget all your obvious character flaws -- is that every American is proud of the Navy Seals and who wouldn't think it would be cool to be a part of the most elite commando unit in the world.
That was a three-foot birdie putt and Tiger rolled it way past the hole.