Rick Reilly was on “Conan” this week hawking his new book entitled Tiger, Meet My Sister… And Other Things I Probably Shouldn’t Have Said. He’s transitioning from his weekly column on ESPN to go part-time on Bristol’s various television outfits, and he’s emptying out his notebook, so to speak, before he leaves. While on Conan, he had less than complimentary things to say about Tiger Woods, No. 5 in Sports Illustrated’s Fortunate 50, and his tipping skills.
“I’ve covered [Michael Jordan] his whole career, but I don’t think he can hold a candle to Tiger Woods. You need a court order to get Tiger’s wallet open. It’s unbelievable. He’s always like, ‘I don’t carry cash.’ I know a valet here in town that stands between Tiger and his car just to get his $2. He’s really terrible. I’ve seen Phil Mickelson buy a 50-cent cup of a lemonade from a little girl and give her $100. When he leaves the Masters each year, he gives the guys $2,500. Tiger gives them nothing. I was with Phil once, and it was raining. He sees a homeless guy, and he gets out, parks his car and gets out his umbrella to give to the guy. Tiger would charge the guy!”