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Tom Rinaldi: Covering the 'Tiger Beat'

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By Scott Eisberg
seisberg@abcnews4.com

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) -- For someone who has seen it all in the game of golf, it's surprising there is something ESPN's Tom Rinaldi hasn't seen. "This is my first trip to Kiawah," he said.

But that doesn't matter because whether Rinaldi is in Augusta or Kapalua, Kiawah or Pebble Beach, much of his attention is centered on one thing: Tiger Woods.

"There is no way to cover the sport of golf without concentrating on covering him," said Rinaldi. "I think we understand that at ESPN. We love the sport of golf, respect it's challenge but recognize the way he moves the meter and needle not only in that sport but across all sporting landscapes."

Rinaldi has covered Tiger's whole journey, from the good times to the worst. Rinaldi landed the first interview with Woods after his cheating scandal.

"I wouldn't say it's a crowning moment. I would say it's a moment where you're simply trying to ask a question to someone that's been through something very hard to comprehend," Rinaldi said. "We did the best we could. I know people had different feelings on it and judged it as they would."

Tom Rinaldi has asked the tough questions. He's brought America the highs, lows and returns to high of a storied career. He continues to do that the week of the PGA Championship.

"People want to see if he will win another major championship," said Rinaldi. "If so, will it be here? Will it be in South Carolina? Will it be at Kiawah? He's in a great spot. He hasn't done too well on the weekend lately, but he's trying to reverse that trend here this weekend."

And Rinaldi will be quick to ask the questions if Tiger does win, or if he doesn't.

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