Tiger Woods’ dad foresaw this clash of privacy and celebrity for his son

Earl Woods knew there would be days like this for his famous son.

In 1997 and ’98, I was able to spend a great deal of time with the Woods family, and a little with Tiger himself, working on the book “Playing Through” with Earl Woods.

I spent many hours with them in the Cypress, Calif., home on Teakwood Street where Tiger was raised, as well as on a few stops on the PGA Tour in Miami, New York, Chicago and Sotogrande, Spain, for the Ryder Cup. I was even invited to sit in on a Tiger Woods Foundation board meeting, over which Earl presided. I witnessed some of the behind-the-scenes efforts to preserve Tiger’s privacy: the private jet, the personal security guards, the select inner circle of friends. Earl, who passed away in May 3, 2006, knew that Tiger’s international celebrity as a golfer would leave him vulnerable to excessive intrusion into his personal life.