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Pick of the day: What caused Tiger to hibernate?

tiger.jpegTiger, in more peaceful times: January at the AT&T National. (Jonathan Newton/TWP)

By now, thanks to our 24/7 multi-platform news cycle, there have probably been two billion words of TV commentator/Twitter/TMZ.com speculation offered about Tiger Woods' bizarre car accident in front of his home last week. The digital news cycle has many demands, one of which is that the person at the center of it must speak out or else risk a speculative flogging that will live in Google's servers forever.

But Woods, aside from two terse statements, has stayed quiet, and TV commentators who allege to know what is happening inside his head have posited that he will never step up to the microphone because he is, as one of them put it last night, "the most private, controlling athlete in modern history."

What caused Tiger Woods to hibernate? My money is on a devastating Esquire profile of him more than a decade ago, in which writer Charles P. Pierce captures Woods using language and telling jokes not appropriate for a Nike commercial. Woods was livid after the story appeared. You can read the piece here.

By Michael S. Rosenwald  | December 1, 2009; 8:30 AM ET
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