If you’re Tiger Woods or someone inside his fiercely protected inner circle and you watch Part 2 of HBO’s documentary “Tiger’’ when it airs on Sunday, you’re likely to squirm in your seat because there are some highly uncomfortable moments.
At the end of the nearly two-hour second part of the two-part documentary, the producers presented the fair and raw truth about Woods’ life, which has not been only about success and winning major championships.
That, of course, is what Woods’ inner circle would prefer be portrayed, which is why Woods’ longtime agent, Mark Steinberg, recently denounced the production in a statement, calling it “just another unauthorized and salacious outsider attempt to paint an incomplete portrait of one of the greatest athletes of all-time.”
Steinberg was both right and wrong with that assessment. He was right that Woods is one of the greatest athletes of all time. But he was wrong about the documentary being an incomplete portrait.
Part 2 weaves through some of Woods’ most remarkable triumphs on the golf course, ending with his 2019 Masters victory, and also through some of the real-life struggles he endured by his own doing with his extramarital affairs, his multiple back surgeries and the toll those things took on his life.
Part 2 opens with Woods’ visits with the Navy SEALs after the death of his father, Earl, to “honor’’ him. It quickly shifts to his winning the 2007 PGA Championship at Southern Hills, shortly after Earl’s death, with his then-caddie Steve Williams saying Woods had “this aura of invincibility.’’
But Williams accurately stated, “In reality at that point in time, being Tiger Woods had taken its toll on Tiger Woods.’’
This is when the documentary shifts its focus to Las Vegas and Woods’ introduction into the pampered and privileged world of his buddies, NBA stars Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley, quoting Tiffany Masters, a former VIP host, as saying, “We catered to Tiger. We spoiled him, treated him like a prince.’’
This is where the doc introduced Neal Boulton, a former editor at the National Enquirer, the publication that ultimately revealed the Woods’ cheating scandal to the public.
Enter the footage of Mindy Lawton, the Perkins Restaurant waitress Woods had an affair with that an Enquirer photographer captured images of in a car in a church parking lot.
That salacious portion of Woods’ life in the doc was then set aside while it transitioned into the 2008 US Open, which Woods won in a playoff despite having a broken bone in his leg and a torn ACL in his knee.
The documentary drifts from the real-life frailties of Woods to hero worship for some of his greatest moments on the golf course.