Tiger announced on his website yesterday that he would be returning next week at the Bridgestone. It will be his first round of Tournament golf in almost 3 months. Long-time friend Bryon Bell will be on his bag. Bell has caddied for Tiger twice before, and was also mentioned in tabloids as a go-between for Tiger and his mistresses:
High-school pal Bryon Bell, president of Tiger Woods Design, probably knew the most, reportedly helping with logistics for more than one affair, multiple sources said.
“He would coordinate my flight itineraries and make sure I was all set up to see Tiger,” admitted mistress Jamie Jungers, 26, told The News. “He was a very nice guy.”
Another source said Bell contacted Hollywood madam Michelle Braun to set up “introductions” between Tiger and her “models.”
“He was definitely the middleman for Tiger,” the source close to Braun said.
The announcement of Tiger’s return is a bit surprising given that his swing coach, Sean Foley, recently said that he hadn’t been hitting any balls with Tiger and didn’t know when he was coming back.
My understanding is that the lack of communication isn’t exactly atypical behavior for Tiger. And if I had to venture a guess, I would throw out there that Foley isn’t likely to last much longer as Tiger’s coach.
All of this does raise the question though: Is Tiger really back at 100%? Even if he’s physically at 100%, if he hasn’t been hitting balls, can he really compete next week?