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Monday, November 30, 2009
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Tiger Woods said in his statement Sunday, "I'm human and I'm not perfect." The tornado of 24/7 media, accusation, unsourced rumors and flat-out lies he's inside now all started with a very human imperfection -- he ran his car into a fire hydrant and a tree.

And now he won't talk about it. Which is his prerogative. But it's a mistake, for one reason. It's not that he owes the truth to all the corporations that make him the richest athlete in the world. And it's not that he owes the truth to his fans. He gives them the greatest golf game in history.

It's this: He's an educator. He started and runs the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Orange County, Calif., a place where kids go to learn about golf, the world, and personal responsibility, like how to be honest.

Until Woods answers some questions, he is only teaching his students that the best thing to do in a crisis is to run and hide.

These are those questions:

1) What made him lose control of his car?
2) Why did it happen at 2:25 a.m.?
3) If his wife, Elin, was indeed coming to his aid as he lay unconscious in the front seat of his Cadillac Escalade, why did she smash out the rear windows?
4) Why won't he speak to the Florida Highway Patrol about the accident?
5) Did the report from the National Enquirer just days before that he was seeing another woman play a role in the early-morning wreck?

Starting Monday morning, volunteers will begin working on the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The tournament raises money for the Tiger Woods Foundation, including the learning center, which also teaches kids golf. One of the best things that golf teaches you?

We call penalties on ourselves, even the ones no one sees.

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