New Zealand TV station to screen Woods interview


WELLINGTON, New Zealand – New Zealand sports broadcaster Sky TV will screen on Tuesday an eight-minute interview with Tiger Woods recently in Australia, in which he talks about the importance in his life of his wife and family.

In a 30-second trailer for the interview, which was filmed shortly before Woods became embroiled in rumors of multiple extramarital affairs, interviewer Murray Deaker asks Woods, “Family first and golf second. Always be like that?” Woods replies, “Always.”

The one-on-one interview was arranged by Woods’ New Zealand caddie Steve Williams and conducted last month in Melbourne, where Woods won the Australian Masters.

Sky intended to screen the interview on Christmas Day but brought it forward to Tuesday when it recognized its significance in light of recent revelations about Woods’ private life.

The network is touting the exclusive interview as “the story that won’t wait.”

Deaker told New Zealand media on Sunday that he asked Woods directly about the importance in his life of his Swedish-born wife Elin and their two young children. According to media who have seen a preview of the interview, Woods speaks about family values and the way in which being a father has affected his approach to golf.

“We have to be conscious of the fact it was conducted before all this blew up. And given what we now know everyone will draw their own conclusions to his answers,” Deaker told the Sunday Star-Times newspaper.

Deaker said he had received several offers from overseas media outlets for the interview but had refused to sell.