Woods' anger will lead to U.S. victory

I called the magazine shortly after Woods' news conference and asked to speak with White. I was put on hold, then told White, as well as any other person on the magazine masthead, was unavailable.

"You realize this is becoming quite the story here at the Ryder Cup," I said.

"We're in production at the moment and will be for the whole week," The Dubliner receptionist said. "But thank you so much for your time." Click.

But late Wednesday afternoon, a statement from The Dubliner magically appeared in the media tent. It said that the "satirical" article was "inappropriate" and that the publishers "unreservedly apologise."

Remember the scene in "A Fish Called Wanda," where John Cleese is held upside down out a window and forced to offer a sputtering series of apologies? This was The Dubliner being held out of the window.

Of course, there was no mention of the photos. Maybe they forgot about them. Woods and his lawyers won't.

This is all very bad news for Team Euro. Woods already is determined to improve on his 5-10-1 pairs record in Ryder Cup play. And there's no doubt U.S. captain Tom Lehman considers Woods the team leader. Now, as corny as it might sound, Woods has something else to play for: his wife.

"You do things ... for the people you love and you care about," Woods said. "My father got ridiculed for years, and I always felt for my father and my mother the same way. My wife, we're in it together. We're a team and we do things as a team, and I care about her with all my heart."

Mrs. Woods will be following Mr. Woods during his likely five Ryder Cup matches this week. If the USA wins -- and it will -- here's guessing husband will make sure wife gets a swig of victory champagne. After all, she earned it.

Gene Wojciechowski is the senior national columnist for ESPN.com. You can contact him at gene.wojciechowski@espn3.com.

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