Deaker's TV scoop on Tiger Woods to air early

Last updated 05:00 13/12/2009
FALLOUT: No one will ever look at Tiger Woods the same way again.

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Murray Deaker says "one of the biggest scoops of his life" – an eight-minute TV interview with Tiger Woods – is not for sale despite offers flooding in from several overseas media outlets.

The veteran broadcaster secured the one-on-one interview, recorded in Melbourne prior to Woods's philandering being exposed, through the golfer's Kiwi caddie Steve Williams.

The exclusive for Sky TV was to be aired on Christmas Day. However, the network had a change of heart last week because, according to their promotional blurb, the "story just won't wait". It will now be screened on Tuesday.

In a 30-second promo on the Sky TV website, Deaker asks Woods: "Family first and golf second. Always be like that?" "Always," is the golfer's reply. In the promo, Deaker crows: "It is the last interview he did before his life blew up in his face."

In retrospect, an interview with Woods which doesn't broach the subject of his massive fall from grace would normally be a dead duck. But the appetite for news on Woods is so intense that Deaker said: "The timing has added to it. It has added much more interest to it.

"We have to be conscious of the fact it was conducted before all this blew up. And given what we now know, everyone will draw their own conclusions to his answers.

"But I asked him about the significance and importance of his family and that has opened up a lot of interest from agents in America who want the interview. Well, I am not selling it to anyone. It was made for Sky and that is where it is staying."

The Tiger Woods story has received massive coverage after he crashed his car while appearing to flee his Florida home two weeks ago, reportedly after his wife Elin found evidence of his infidelity on his mobile phone. In the two weeks since then, 11 women have claimed to have bedded the world's first billionaire athlete.

Woods has admitted "transgressions" and yesterday announced he was taking an indefinite break from golf to focus on "being a better husband, father, and person".

Elin is reportedly staying in the marriage for the sake of the couple's two children.

Deaker On Sport, SKY Sport 1, Tuesday, 8.30pm.

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