“Just like the book it is based off of, the upcoming HBO documentary is just another unauthorized and salacious outsider attempt to paint an incomplete portrait of one of the greatest athletes of all-time,” Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg told Golfworld.
Woods, himself, has not publicly commented on the special.
The HBO Special Chronicled Tiger Woods’ Life
The special aired on HBO and its streaming service HBO Max on Sunday (Jan. 10). The documentary, “Tiger,” is a comprehensive look at the golfer’s career. But there are key aspects of Woods’ life that the documentary narrows in on. For instance, it follows Woods’ during his early days and his relationship with his father.
It also highlights an aspect of Woods’ life he probably rather forget. The documentary chronicles his 2009 infidelity and sex scandal in which he crashed his car. It also follows the athlete’s comeback after his fall from grace in the sports world. The filmmakers didn’t secure an interview with Woods for the documentary series. Instead, they talked with Woods former caddy Steve Williams and golfer Nick Faldo.
They also spoke with Woods’ mistress Rachel Uchitel about their affair. The documentary is based on the book of the same name, which was written by Armen Keteyian and Jeff Benedict. Keteyian also served as an executive producer on the documentary. So far the documentary has received a mixed response.
Before his controversy, Woods was considered one of the greatest athletes in any sport. For many, he was the one that made golf cool again with a string of successes in the 1990s and 2000s. He also became the first black golfer to win the Masters at Augusta National. That occurred in 1997, only the first of 14 major championship the golfer took in his career.
For 683 consecutive weeks, Woods became the No. 1 golfer in the world. He is also an 11-time PGA Player of the Year. While his personal life may have eclipsed his professional, there’s no denying the impact he made in the sport.