BETHESDA, Md. - When Tiger Woods jabs his tee into the turf at 6:30 this morning for the AT & T National pro-am, he will be playing with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. First, Romo's current dish, deposed pop diva Jessica Simpson, will sing the national anthem.

Woods understands that inviting Romo, a passionate golfer, to Redskins territory might have been risky . . . if Romo was a sensitive sort.

"It's just going to be a fun round, but also an interesting one," Woods said. "He's used to getting booed."

Especially in an NFC East city.

10 million and counting

Tiger Woods didn't bristle much when reminded that NFL great and social activist Jim Brown said on HBO's "Real Sports" that Woods' contribution as an individual for social change has been "terrible. Terrible."

Woods yesterday cited his foundation's claim that it has, to some degree, impacted the lives of 10 million children. Brown, who agonizes over the thug life he sees devouring the black community, preemptively had sneered at Woods' foundation in the interview, saying that teaching kids golf is no significant contribution.

In fact, Woods' foundation offers extensive educational opportunities for children and their families. Woods' intent is to affect personal, lasting change for all kids.

"I want to do it right, not just do it," Woods said. "That takes time. You just don't jump into something. You want to do it right. You want to have a plan, and I think what we've done so far has been very efficient. It's taught a lot of kids . . . how to lead, learn how to give back, learn how to teach others, have confidence in themselves."


Tiger Woods allowed that the new rule outlawing clubs with U-grooves, effective next Jan. 1, will hurt him less than many players because he hits a softer ball than most. U-grooves impart more spin and make harder balls (which fly farther) stop quicker . . . Woods also will play today with House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, again calling into question Woods' secretive politics. Woods has invited President Obama, a Democrat, to the tournament . . . Woods called Michael Jackson "the greatest entertainer that's ever lived." Jackson died Thursday. *