At some point—this month, next month, whenever—Tiger Woods will return to the golf course. And when he does, the reporters will be waiting for him, full of uncomfortable questions that have nothing to do with his putting stroke or his short game. Which is why Woods has hired Ari Fleischer, George W. Bush’s former presidential press secretary and a guru in the field of image repair. Fleischer, who clashed with the White House press corps between 2001 and 2003, was reportedly in Tiger’s house this week, talking strategy for a planned return to action at the Arnold Palmer Invitational March 25. Now a highly paid consultant, Fleischer’s client list includes juiced-up slugger Mark McGwire, and the Green Bay Packers, who sought his help on how to deal with the fallout over the team’s nasty split with star quarterback Brett Favre.