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later this week we hear from the woman who accuses a supreme court nominee of sexual assault. the new developments surrounding brett kavanagh's confirmation. the u.s. and china exchange new trade war blows as massive tariffs take effect. how they could impact your wallet. and he pulled it off after five years. tiger woods makes a stunning comeback. hello and welcome to our viewers joining us here in the united states and of course all around the world. i'm rosemary church. this is cnn newsroom. president trump's supreme court nominee brett kavanagh is
now denying a new allegation of sexual misconduct. and the white house is standing by him, calling the allegation part of a smear campaign. now, this comes as kavanagh's original accuser is set to tell her story before the senate judiciary committee on thursday. christine blasey ford alleges kavanagh pinned her to a bed, tried to remove her clothes, and covered her mouth during a house party when they were both teenagers. kavanagh denies that ever happened. more now from cnn's jessica snyder. >> reporter: the date is set for christine blasey ford's testimony. it will be on thursday at 10:00 a.m., and it will be an open hearing. now, blasey ford will testify first in front of the committee after which judge brett kavanagh will testify. blasey ford will also have security since she's been receiving death threats, since her identity became public, and there is still uncertainty as to who will be doing the questioning. it's possible republicans could
bring in an outside attorney who is a female, but blasey ford's attorneys say they want the senators doing the questioning since they have been dismissive of her allegations. now, meanwhile the chairman chuck grassley issued a statement sunday saying that the committee itself had been investigating, and of the four other people blasey ford says were at the party including judge kavanagh, according to the committee, all have denied any knowledge or recollection of blasey ford's version of events. and, of course, judge kavanagh has also issued several forceful denials. and meanwhile, the white house and judge kavanagh are now also denying another allegation against kavanagh of inappropriate behavior. this time from a woman who says she attended yale with the supreme court nominee. the new yorker reported on sunday that 53-year-old deborah ramirez remembers kavanagh exposing himself to her at a dormitory party during the 1983-1984 school year. however, two other people
ramirez says were present at the party issued a statement to the new yorker saying, they never heard of such an incident. and cnn has now corroborated her story. kavanagh has released a statement saying this. this alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen. the people who knew me then know that this did not happen and have said so. this is a smear, plain and simple. i look forward to testifying on thursday about the truth and defending my good name and the reputation for character and integrity i have spent a lifetime building against these last-minute allegations. white house spokeswoman kerry kupek said this 35-year-old corroborated campaign is a smear campaign by the democrats designed to tear down a good man. this claim is denied by all who were said to be present and is wholly inconsistent with what many women and men who knew judge kavanagh at the time in college say. the white house stands firmly behind judge kavanagh.
ramirez was initially hesitant to speak publicly because she said her memory contained gaps because she had been drinking at the time. after she reassessed her memory over the course of about six days with her attorney, she did go on record with the new yorker. jessica snyder, cnn, washington. >> so, let's discuss the kavanagh confirmation battle with natasha lynn stat, a professor of government at the university of ethics in england. thanks so much for being with us. >> thank you. >> want to start with this new allegation of sexual misconduct being leveled against brett kavanagh. it appeared in the new yorker magazine, but her story has not been corroborated so we want to be very cautious as we cover this, of course. it comes as the senate judiciary committee prepares to hear testimony thursday from christine blasey ford regarding her sexual misconduct allegations against kavanagh. could this potentially be a game changer and force the committee to have an investigation into
these allegations? >> right. so, whether this is a game changer or not, we don't really know yet because a lot of the details, as you said, have not been corroborated. so it's still very early news about this. but what it does indicate for kavanagh is that there is a possibility that there is a pattern of bad behavior, a pattern of sexual misconduct. and what the senate should do, the senate judiciary should do is delay this, as senator dianne feinstein had asked, because they need to have an investigation, not just for this most recent allegation, but for the -- for professor ford's accusations as well. the republicans are in quite a hurry to confirm kavanagh before they have a proper background investigation. >> right. and brett kavanagh denies this ever happened, of course. he says this is all a smear campaign against him. he says he looks forward to testifying thursday and defending his good name.
wouldn't an investigation help clear his name? why wouldn't he be calling for that? >> that's one of the things one would think he would do in order to kind of clear his name, as you said, and to say that, you know, he has nothing to hide, and that an fbi investigation would prove that. but he hasn't publicly called for this and the republicans haven't called for this. they seem to be more in a hurry to get this hearing done very quickly and to hopefully confirm him. you recall in 1991 when anita hill's accusations came out against clarence thomas, there was an investigation. it didn't take that many days. but they did decide to go through with the fbi investigating that. >> this is the thing. we're hearing it could take three days. it's just astounding that they wouldn't opt for that because it wouldn't take very long. we've also learned that the mock questioning with kavanagh in preparation for his own testimony thursday was not going
particularly well because he was refusing to answer some of the questions that he actually found too personal. how problematic could that prove to be for him if he refused to answer some of those questions publicly on thursday? >> even at the other hearings beforehand, kavanagh had some difficulty answering some of the tougher questions from democrats. there were some questions that he sort of fumbled on and didn't do a particularly good job at answering those questions. now, how this is going to play out with the senators, the very conservative senators that are just very much in favor of getting him confirmed, it probably won't affect that very much. but it could have an impact how he answered these questions on some of those senators that aren't so sure, that may not want to confirm him, and may decide this isn't really the best candidate to confirm at this moment. >> right. of course, at this point we still don't know if the 11 republican male members of the committee will question blasey ford directly on thursday or if outside counsel will be brought
in to do that instead. but what we do know is that bla blasey ford's request to include the testimony of mark judge, the other person she alleges was in the room at the time of the alleged assault, that is being denied. wouldn't that be the only way to get to the truth of the matter, to talk to the one other alleged witness who was there in the same room, for the sake of both kavanagh and for blasey ford? >> right. the logical thing to do would be, of course, to question the one other person that actually was supposedly in the room at the time where this event took place. but it would also be logical to question the former fbi agent who administered blasey ford's polygraph test. it would also make logical sense to question experts on trauma. but the republic kansas are really in a hurry to get
kavanagh confirmed. and they were worried bringing in these other witnesses would make it that much more difficult. >> we will continue to watch this. thursday going to be an incredible day as we hear the testimony from both blasey ford and then from brett kavanagh after that. natasha lynn stat, thank you so much for joining us. we appreciate it. >> thank you. >> and as brett kavanagh's confirmation process comes to a delicate moment, republican allies are urging president trump to wait until the process is over before possibly firing the man overseeing the investigation into russian election meddling. cnn's boris sanchez has more on that. >> reporter: sources inside the white house tell cnn close aides have asked president trump to wait until the confirmation process for judge brett kavanagh to the supreme court is over before he decides whether or not to fire deputy attorney general rod rosenstein. this is after reporting emerged over the weekend that rosenstein allegedly had conversations about invoking the 25th
amendment to remove president trump from his post and had suggested that he potentially wear a wire to record his conversations with the president. according to sources inside the white house, at one point the president actually asked if this was a plot or a ploy to try to get him to fire the deputy attorney general, which we should point out he has been unhappy with for sometime. sources have indicated president trump is not thrilled about the way that rod royse enstein is overseeing the russia investigation. he believes rod rosenstein gave robert mull eller free reign to investigate areas he didn't want investigated. his finances are part of the broader russia probe. i do want you to listen to something president trump said at a rally in springfield, missouri friday night after reports about rod rosenstein
came out. he doesn't specifically mention the deputy attorney general. if you listen carefully, he's sending a message subtly. listen to this. >> we have great people in the department of justice. we have great people -- these are people, i really believe, you take a poll, i have to be at 95%. but you have some real bad ones. you see what's happened at the fbi. they're all gone. they're all gone. but there's a lingering stench and we're going to get rid of that, too. >> sources also tell cnn president trump actually workshoped that stench line with some aides before delivering it to his supporters friday night. as you know, the deputy attorney general one of a number of figures that the president has appointed, but whom he has ultimately become disenchanted with because of the way the department of justice hasn't followed the president's orders so to speak to persecute his political enemies and shield republicans from investigations. boris sanchez, cnn, outside trump tower in new york city.
>> it was president donald trump who turned to international issues sunday meeting with japan's prime minister shinzo abe. their dinner ahead of this week's u.n. general assembly comes days after mr. abe won a third term as premiere. he told japanese television to construct north korea and had constructive talks on trade. mr. trump has threatened a 25% tariff on japanese vehicle imports as a way to reduce a trade deficit. the two men are set to meet again on wednesday. now, ahead of that, president trump will meet with south korean president moon jae-in later monday as nick robertson reports, mr. trump will be pressing for more details about the commitments made during the recent korean summit. >> reporter: well, president moon jae-in has effectively become the go between now between president trump and kim jong-un in north korea. what president trump is going to want to hear about, any additional details that president moon can add to this
commitment that north korea appears to have made to continue denuclearization process at one of its sites and also to scrap and get rid of a missile test facility. now, this missile test facility, the north koreans have said that they will allow international monitors from relevant countries. the details here that aren't clear, publicly at least, which of those countries. and when would this dismantling again. would this have an effect on niz test facilities they have? what kim jong-un wants is a declaration from the united states that the korean war is over. is president trump ready to give that? that's not clear. this is going to be the crux of that meeting. another person, another leader president trump is going to be talking to and he'll have a summit with later in the week, prime minister shinzo abe. he also is going to want to find out what president trump has learned about kim jong-un's
latest proposals. of course, the big issue everyone is going to be watching, what president trump says about iran. of course, he used tough language directed at north korea. calling kim jong-un rocketman. this year president trump is going to be frying to isolate iran, pointing out its meddling in the region, its sponsoring of terrorism. these are going to be issues he's going to discuss. of course, that recent attack in iran that iran's leaders, president rouhani, has blamed the united states and saudi arabia for saying they will essentially be revenge for that attack in iran that killed more than 2 done iranian so jerz at a military parade. that language is going to play into president trump's hand that iran is a maligned influence in the middle east at the moment. this is how we can expect president trump to sort of use
this speech that he'll be giving at the unga. nick robertson, cnn, new york. >> and we will have much more on that attack coming up. iran is blaming the u.s. and saudis, but there are other suspects. a live report from the region when we come back. plus, british prime minister theresa may could be at an impasse when it comes to brexit. but a rival plan to leave the e.u. has come to light. we are live in london with details about that. back in a moment. overwhelming air fresheners can send you running... so try febreze one. with no aerosols and no heavy perfumes. so you can spray and stay.
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welcome back, everyone. well, iran is vowing deadly and unforgettable revenge after saturday's terror attack at a military parade. state media report gun men killed at least 29 people. iranian officials are blaming foreign powers like saudi arabia and the president hassan row san i said mercenaries backed by the u.s. are responsible. the u.s. condemns the attack and denies it is involved. ben wideman joins me now.
of course the u.s. denies any involvement. who stands to gain from an attack like this and who are the possible suspects? >> reporter: well, rosemary, certainly this sort of attack obviously does go some way to undermine or at least create the impression that the government in iran is under pressure either from within or without. now, ben though the united states denies being involved in this attack, certainly for the iranians they look at, for instance, john bolton, the national security advisor to president trump who for decades was a passionate advocate for regime change in iran. they look at, for instance, rudy giuliani who over the weekend, of course, he's the personal attorney for president trump. over the weekend at a meeting of an iranian opposition group in
new york, he did advocate or, rather, say that the united states sympathizes with regime change. so, from an iranian perspective ultimately whoever is behind those who undertook this attack, they believe the united states is somehow there. there are two sort of general areas of suspicion when it comes to this attack. one, of course, is isis which did put out a claim of responsibility as well as a video of three of the attackers on their way allegedly to this attack itself. now, three of the attackers were killed. one apparently is in custody in iran. now, the other main suspect in the general sense are those groups in this province along the iraqi border, which has a significant arabic speaking minority that has agitated for independence from iran.
and some of those groups did claim responsibility in the immediate aftermath of the attack then backtracked. but those are the two groups where suspicion lies immediately when it comes to responsibility for this attack on saturday. rosemary? >> right. and as you mentioned one suspect in custody, presumably they will be able to question him and learn some more about this attack on who perhaps is behind it. so, talk to us about that and what sort of impact this might have on security measures? >> we did see on a website the intelligence minister is saying a large network of suspects had already -- has already been arrested in connection with the attacks. we'll have to see what comes out of that. but certainly in a broader sense, this does increase the
feeling in tehran that there is a situation developing where the country is increasingly under attack since the united states pulled out of the iran nuclear deal and has reimposed sanctions on tehran. there is a paranoia, so to speak, well based in iran that forces are gathering against it, even though we did see the u.s. secretary of state pompeo saying president trump is willing to meet with the supreme leader of iran, ayatollah khomeini, even though he has not left the country since the last millennium. we'll see how that works out. >> we'll keep a close eye on developments there. ben wedemen joining us with that report. many thanks to you. happening soon, the former
brexit secretary is set to unveil a plan to rival prime minister theresa may's checkers deal. this as mrs. may is set to chair a cabinet meeting where ministers are likely to demand a new strategy after the european union rejected her deal last week. joining us now is bianca nobilo from downing street in london to shed more light on this. good to see you, bianca. how likely is this to play out and what more are you learning about this rival brexit deal that is yet to be revealed? >> reporter: good morning, rosemary. i do apologize. they are doing some housekeeping behind me from downing street if there is any noise. today is a huge day for theresa may in terms of brexit. she does have this rival brexit plan which is going to be released by the former brexit secretary, and a leading figure in the pro-brexit campaign in the united kingdom. they are looking to secure something along the lines of the
canada deal, which canada has with the e.u. which is essentially a comprehensive free trade agreement. they say that the way to solve the issue of avoiding a hard border in ireland which is a main sticking point in these negotiations is to strike a free trade agreement covering goods between the e.u. and the u.k. after it leaves the european union. it doesn't take into account one of the key industries in the u.k. we're waiting to hear that announcement and a full description of their ideas. and just after that the prime minister will be meeting with her cabinet and facing a lot of pressure based on the disastrous informal sum et in salisbury last we're where they rejected key element of her checkers plan. >> bianca, where does this all leave theresa may's leadership as she prepares to chair this imminent cabinet meeting. >> reporter: she's been in a precarious position now so many months, rosemary.
she does manage dealing with this is a poison challenge is, it's not a job anybody really wants. it is helping her stay in position. however at the end of the this week she faces her party faithful, party conference in birmingham which is going to be a trying time for her definitely. she's under pressure from all sides. not only has the e.u. objected to key elements of her plan, but they are taking a harder line. also the opposition party in the u.k., the labor party are giving pressure on the referendum. pressure on all sides on theresa may, rosemary, we'll have to see what happens at that cabinet meeting. >> yes, i know you'll be watching all the developments and reporting back to us. bianca nobilo joining us live from 10 downing street. let's take a short break. the u.s./china trade war is
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welcome back, everyone. i'm rosemary church. want to update you on the main stories we're following this hour. iran is vowing deadly and unforgettable revenge after a terror attack after a military parade on saturday. authorities say gunman killed 29 people in the country's southwest. they have blamed multiple factions including the u.s. and saudi arabia. the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. nikki haley denies the u.s. played a role. japan's prime minister
shinzo abe met with u.s. president trump on sunday ahead of the u.n. general assembly in remarks on japanese television, mr. abe said the two men discussed north korea and had constructive talks on trade. mr. trump has threatened a 125% tariff on japanese vehicles to reduce a trade deficit. u.s. supreme court nominee brett kavanagh and the white house are denying a new allegation made by a second woman who accuses kavanagh of inappropriate sexual behavior. now, this comes after his first accuser, christine blasey ford, says she is committed to testifying publicly in a senate hearing on thursday. kavanagh denies the allegations. he will be given time to defend himself after ford testifies. well, the trade war between the united states and china is rapidly intensifying. just hours ago the u.s. imposed a 10% tax on an additional $200 billion ins chinese goods, and that could increase to a
rate of 25% by the end of the year. president trump has also threatened tariffs on another 267 billion in chinese goods. the chinese are retaliating with a 5 to 10% tariff on $60 billion in u.s. goods that they impossible. so let's turn to our steven julian assange. steven, it's 45hard to stay on p of the tit for tat tariffs. what effect are they likely to have in china and are people feeling the effects or is it too premature? >> rosemary, it usually takes some time for these tariffs to be reflected in consumer prices that people pay. but we are starting to see that effect. for example, if you go order a sandwich or burger with american beef or pork, then, yeah, you will probably have to pay higher prices. this is the kind of effect that we start to see on the ground
that may affect people's opinions and their sentiment. on the other side of the equation, u.s.-imposed tariffs are starting to affect chinese exporters. these manufacturers who send their product to the u.s. and that could affect american consumers as they go shopping, for example, they may notice shampoo, dog food, electronic appliances, their prices go up in their favorite stores because the latest around target consumer goods compared to the previous rounds which mostly targeted industrial goods. as you say this is tit for tat with no end in sight. as they experience price increases that could affect public sentiment and that is something actually the chinese government is watching very closely in terms of american reactions which as you know affect their decisions in the upcoming midterm election ands
that could be a referendum on mr. trump, including his china trade policy. rosemary? >> yes, indeed. is there any possibility that in some of the american goods, people stop purchasing them because they'll be too expensive? >> that's certainly a possibility. but at this stage it's interesting to note that the chinese government finds it increasingly difficult to match the u.s. tariffs dollar for dollar because the u.s. imports more from china than the other way around. that was one of his original complaints about the trade imbalance. charging higher tariffs, imposing some sort of import quota, restricting the citizens travel tot u.s. for study on tourism, companies, a lot of uncertainty, but one thing is for sure, neither side is
backing down at this juncture. rosemary? >> certainly not. it will be interesting to see where this all goes. many thanks to you. one of the american sectors worried about the chinese tariffs is some american companies negotiated deals to work around the tariffs for now. but that doesn't mean it's going to be smooth sailing for all of your favorite gadget makers. cnn's samuel burke explains. >> reporter: tim cook's touch. the apple ceo lobbying saved the iphone from the latest round of trump tariffs. also spared, wearables and other smart devices brought to the u.s. from china. >> well, we were trying to do things that would be the least intrusive on the consumer. >> reporter: the late east coast round of tariffs on $200 billion worth of goods is hitting other parts of silicon valley hard. >> it's time to take a stand on
china. it's been a long time. they've been hurting us. everything from semiconductors to electronic circuits. >> there are certain kinds of machines you and i never come into contact with, but that under pin a lot of the high-tech products that people buy. >> reporter: they're the key components that make computers, household appliances and home security systems huh. even your favorite netflix videos could be hit. they are played from amazon's cloud servers. that equipment comes from chain. apple may not be clear for long. the president said he's ready to tax all chinese imports calling out apple in a tweet claiming there is an easy solution. make your products in the united states instead of china. the administration said tariff s are meant to pressure china to fall in line. experts say a levy on the iphone
would be counterproductive. even though the device is assembled in china it's designed and manufactured in the u.s. >> 90% of that tariff -- there is no other way to say it than the united states is taxing itself, if china retaliates with tariffs of its own, 21% of the company's sales are in china leave a clear target on america's most valuable company. samuel burke, cnn london. >> very sobering there. still to come, flood waters are trapping people in their homes more than a week after hurricane florence made landfall. we will take you on an aerial tour of one of the worst-hit areas in south carolina. we're back with that. cancer.
dangerously high. conway, south carolina has seen record-setting flooding since the storm. a 'nique valencia went on an aerial tour. >> reporter: a small community here in south carolina still dealing with major flooding. we're high above the skies of conway, south carolina and we wanted to give you a bird's eye perspective of what residents are still dealing with here and just take a look for yourself. this subdivision here is near the river, but now most of it is under water. earlier we were in this community and saw residents as they were desperately trying to sandbag their homes, residents that didn't think they were going to get any water. now that water is starting to creep its their homes at its height. we're told by local emergency management the whack ama river is causing a rise of 3 inches per hour. by the end of the day it had gone up 2 feet. here we are, we're told that the river has stabilized a bit, and
it's gone up a foot. they're not expecting the river to crest until sometime early tuesday. the national guard is on hand as well as local resources to assist residents. desperately clinging to hope, we hope they will not lose their homes. the good news is no injuries have been reported. this has become a miserable situation 9 days after hurricane florence made landfall. >> nick valencia with that report. while people in the carolinas try to recover from hurricane florence, another tropical system is brewing for the caribbean. and meteorologist karen mcennis is watching all of that. she joins us now. what are you seeing, karen? >> rosemary, hasn't made its way to the caribbean just yet, but it is on its way. and as it moves closer towards the caribbean, it's going to gain some strength. it was a tropical storm intensity. now it is just essentially a tropical depression, barely
supporting 35 mile an hour winds associated with it. take a look at what the national hurricane center is suggesting. looks like as it goes into the next 12, 24 hours, it starts picking up some intensity. the water is warmer here. there's nothing obstructing it. there's no sheer. so it's a favorable environment. it moves into the caribbean as we go towards friday. so this is many days away. and we're looking at the potential here. it's pretty low latitude, that perhaps it will start to we can enagain. computer models, the spaghetti models we always tell you to look at most of them are in fairly good agreement it pushes into the windward and leeward islands into the caribbean. it's too far out computer graphics wise to predict what we anticipate then. then there is a big flood threat all the way from the ohio river valley through the tennessee river valley, right along this quasi-stationary frontal system. some areas especially across
central and northern sections of kentucky, they may see the most as far as precipitation goes. generally speaking in this area, right around lexington and louisville. not exclusive there. 3 to 5 inches to perhaps 125 millimeters of rainfall. some scattered showers and storms across this region eventually making its way to new york city. and boston. temperatures start to go up there. haven't arrived at autumn just yet here. back to you, rosemary. >> thank you so much, karen, appreciate it. golf legend tiger woods has done it again. after five years without a pga tour win, tiger woods is back on top again. he talks to cnn about his sunday victory and his comeback.
it has been years in the making, but tiger is finally roaring back. all-time golfing great tiger woods has won a pga tour event for the first time in more than five years. he got the big win sunday at the tour championship right here in atlanta. he finished 11 under par for the weekend for his 80th pga win. the victory comes after years of injuries and personal setbacks
for woods. he spoke to cnn's patrick snell about what it took to win. >> i'm with a victorious tiger woods for the first time since 2013. you have overcome so much, tiger. you're a 14-time major winner. you've won all over the world, yet you battled career threatening injuries as well. what does it mean to have overcome so much, all you've been through, and win again? >> it's been unbelievable. to get to this level again, i didn't know if that would ever happen again and lo and behold here we are. i worked through the -- an unknown, and that was the hardest part. it was an unknown. i didn't know what i'd be able to do this again, what level to, what degree. here we are with 80 wins. it's a pretty cool number. >> there are many who will describe this as the greatest sporting comeback of all time. you yourself earlier this year at augusta, you described
yourself as a walking miracle. what do you call yourself now? >> oh, wow. i'm just blessed. i'm lucky. i am lucky because it worked out for me. you know, my back was in a pretty bad spot there and to be able to have a back that is not like what it used to be, but still be able to somehow have figured this out, to figure out a golf swing and a game built on a fixed point in my back, it's been interesting. it hasn't been easy, but i've been very lucky to have had a great team around me and they've worked so hard to give me a chance. and also the support i've had from them means all the world to me. >> the range of emotions you went through on that last hole, talk us through that. and i want to say that you appeared to be fighting back tears at one point. what was that whole experience
like? >> i was. once the tournament was over -- i parred 17, the tournament wasn't over yet. i was trying to hit the ball short right. anything right of that flag is good. and once i put the ball in the bunker, i had an easy bunker shot. from there it was, you know, you could still lose the golf tournament. out of bounds is over the back of the green. i went a little chunky, hit a little fat and rolled up there. i gave joey a high five. the tournament was over. that's when i started realizing, this is my 80th win, and that was pretty special. just to be able to say that, that number. you know, all i've gone through to get to this point is pretty special. >> joining me now to talk about tiger woods' big win is christine brennan. christine is the cnn commentator and usa today columnist. good to have you with us. >> rosemary, great to be with you. and such a fascinating story and fascinating sports day. >> it is, isn't it?
tiger woods' first pga title in five years. given his public scandal and his knee and back problems? >> absolutely. four surgeries on his back, four surgeries on his knee, he has his back fused together, part of his spine and one of the more recent surgeries. he couldn't walk. he wondered if -- to get around he had to crawl for a while. he wondered if he'd ever, not only not play golf again, rosemary, but be able to walk normally. that was last year, just a year ago. and, of course, the dui picture, i think many people remember that, tiger sinking to perhaps his lowest low with the dui, the dashboard camera which was memorial day weekend of 2017. so late may of 2017 just, what, 16 months ago. and to think of where he was then and people were just talking about could he get his life back together. and here he is winning the tour championship after having a
terrific summer where he contended in the british open and then he contended in the pga championship and was a real factor in both of those. maybe could have won either one. didn't win, but he then wins the tour championship and he does it in such a resounding fashion with all the galleries around him, the pictures, the visuals, amazing, just a stunning turn of events for tiger as he's only a few months away from his 43rd birthday. >> right. it has been a long journey for him, hasn't it? does it matter that this wasn't a major? >> i think it does personally. he's won 14 major tournaments, but it has been since the u.s. open in june of 2008. so now more than ten years since he's won a major title. and to me, the comeback will really be complete when and if he does that. his next chance, rosemary, to do that will be next april. so it's several months away. that would be the masters in april of 2019.
the u.s. open, the british open, the pga championship. but the reality is here that he has -- he's done an amazing thing, not to by any means diminish what he did. but i think one of those majors, especially the masters is always his best shot. when he leaves augusta and hasn't won the masters, he's always gone through what would be his best shot to win a major at the masters at augusta, georgia. so i think -- i cannot even imagine the interest level, the excitement and the odds of tiger -- for tiger going into the masters next april. i think it's going to be huge, but i do think to cement that legacy and to say this is the greatest come back we've seen in sports history. i don't know if we want to go there, but it has to be a major for tiger to do that. >> yes, it might be a little premature for that. looking at what has happened, has tiger woods earned his right
for a new start after all the fallout from his public and personal scandals and of course all his surgeries? >> you know, it's a great question. the one that most people remember was the run-in with the fire hydrant and the subsequent dismantling of his personal life and his family life with all the stories of affairs and other things, a divorce with his wife, the mother of his two children. that was actually all the way back in 2009, november of 2009. so that's been a long time. and i think you can actually think both things. i think you can still probably remember that, or remember the dui and the fact that he was parked in the middle -- partially on the road, partially on the shoulder just a year and a few months ago. and the concern there, of course, about how he was living his life and the problems and the issues that he had. i think you can still have those feelings. and be concerned about them, but also just recognize tiger as the great golfer that he is. one of a kind, not only once in a generation, maybe once in a
lifetime. and for new generations of golfers who only heard their parents tell them about tiger, to be able to watch this and see what he did at the tour championship in atlanta and then also the promise and the possibility not only the ryder cup coming up just this week in france, but then moving forward into next year, i think you can have those -- you can be excited for tiger, but you can also remember some of the issues in his life. but i also think he's come a long way to move on from those issues and to remind people why everyone cheered for him originally which was, of course, all about the golf. >> the crowds were showing there are still a lot of people cheering him on. we shall see what tiger woods achieves at the masters. that is his next challenge. thank you so much, christine brennan, for joining us. we appreciate it. >> my pleasure, rosemary. thank you. >> and thank you for your company. i'm rosemary church. early start is next for our viewers here in the united states. for everyone else, stay tuned for more news with max foster in london. have yourselves a great day.
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