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December 06, 2009

Major media outlets court Tiger Woods for first interview

Posted at 9:39 PM by Anne Szeker |

Tiger Woods is a private man of few words, and he often gives uninspiring answers to reporters' questions. Yet many are wondering if he will talk about his recent car accident and the affair allegations, and if he does, who will score the interview?

USA Today's Michael McCarthy spoke with the big players in the interview game, and it seems everyone is vying for the chance to speak with the world's No. 1 golfer.

ESPN and Golf Channel say they've requested on-camera interview; HBO Sports also put in a request but was turned down, spokesman Ray Stallone said. ...

Says ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz: "As you would expect in a situation like this, we are pursuing it through all possible avenues."

Adds Golf Channel spokesman Dan Higgins: "Regardless of recent events, we're always looking for opportunities to talk with Tiger." As of Sunday, Woods' camp had not responded, he said.

CBS's 60 Minutes also is likely in the hunt, but spokesman Kevin Tedesco declined to comment. On Sunday, the network's long-running news magazine aired an interview with former NBA referee Tim Donaghy. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick sat down with James Brown in August after his release from prison.

A wild card could be daytime talk show Oprah Winfrey. She's personal friends with Woods and was on the guest list for his 2004 wedding to Elin Nordegren. Don Holcombe, a spokesman for The Oprah Winfrey Show said they, too, have reached out to Woods.

It's difficult to imagine Woods, who typically speaks to the public through prepared statements on his website, sitting down with Elin and an interviewer for a serious conversation. But it might happen. Should Tiger do an interview, and if so, who would be best for the job? Share your comments in the space below.

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