HBO Sports announced on Thursday that it’s producing a two-part series on Tiger Woods to be released later this year.
The series vows to document the “rise, fall and epic comeback” of the global icon and 15-time major champion in the series called “Tiger.” The first episode will air on Dec. 13 and the second episode will air on Dec. 20.
The documentary was reported in May to be in the works. Thursday’s news confirms the report and teases details.
Tiger’s former caddie, mistress interviewed
HBO announced that the documentary will include interviews with former caddie Steve Williams, who was on Woods’ bag for 14 of his major championships but had a falling out with him after being fired in 2011. HBO also interviewed Woods’ former mistress Rachel Uchitel, who was at the center of the sex scandal that resulted in his divorce from Elin Nordegren. Six-time major winner and broadcast analyst Nick Faldo was also interviewed.
The series promises never-before-seen footage from Woods’ career and will include information covered in bestselling book “Tiger Woods” written by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian, who are credited as producers on the documentary. It is not clear if Woods himself participated in an interview.
Woods’ story is obviously a compelling one. His Masters victory in 2019 culminated arguably the greatest career comeback in sports history. It was his first major victory in 11 years after compiling 14 in an 11-year stretch to start his career. It arrived after a public downfall that involved a sex scandal and DUI arrest that was exacerbated by the decline of his golf game amid myriad injuries.
His story is not over, of course. Woods announced on Thursday that he’s playing in his first golf tournament in five months at next week’s Memorial.
But with the success of ESPN’s “The Last Dance” documentary on Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls, media producers are jumping on the chance to cover compelling sports stories amid the COVID-19 sports void. ESPN announced in May that it will produce a nine-part series on Tom Brady. A Magic Johnson documentary is scheduled for 2021.