Golf Writers Boycott Woods’ Televised Mea Culpa
February 19, 2010
(ChattahBox)—After nearly three-months in hiding, Tiger Woods is about to show the world his new dental work, after his wife Elin reportedly bashed him with a golf club Thanksgiving night upon learning of his affair with Rachel Uchitel. After crashing his SUV into a tree and a fire hydrant in an Ambien induced haze, nearly a dozen additional mistresses came out of the woodwork, including a pancake house waitress, porn stars and VIP cocktail hostesses. Woods checked himself into sex rehab and is now ready to make a five-minute statement and issue an apology to his fans on Friday in a tightly controlled media appearance, in which he will not answer questions. His appearance will be open to a press pool for live coverage.
But Tiger’s handling of his televised appearance is drawing criticism for his refusal to answer questions and for scheduling the event during the Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona. And the Golf Writers Association of America decided to boycott Wood’s first appearance in three-months, saying they are put off by his take-it-or-leave it approach to the media.
According to Tiger Woods’ Web site, he plans to make a statement before a group of friends and colleagues and apologize to his fans. And the statement on his site makes clear that he will not be answering questions from the press:
“Tiger Woods will be speaking to a small group of friends, colleagues and close associates at 11:00 a.m. EST on Friday at the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Tiger plans to discuss his past and his future, and he plans to apologize for his behavior. While Tiger feels that what happened is fundamentally a matter between him and his wife, he also recognizes that he has hurt and let down a lot of other people who were close to him. He also let down his fans. He wants to begin the process of making amends, and that’s what he’s going to discuss. His remarks will be open to a press pool for live coverage. It is NOT a news conference.”
The Golf Writers Association is crying foul. Vartan Kupelian, president of the 950-member group, said “The position, simply put, is all or none.” “To limit the ability of journalists to attend, listen, see and question Woods goes against the grain of everything we believe.”
And Tiger’s fellow golfers are angry about the timing of his statement, which may take attention away from the third round of the Accenture golf tournament. Golfer Ernie Els told Golf Week magazine that Woods was “selfish” for drawing attention away from the tournament. And it’s also been pointed out that Accenture was one of the first companies to dump its sponsorship deal with Tiger after the sex scandal erupted.
But Accenture isn’t concerned about the timing of Woods’ appearance, since it will take place well before tournament play resumes. Accenture spokesman Fred Hawrys, said “If he really wanted to interfere with the tournament, they would have run it during the tournament, so I think it’s coincidental.”
After his televised statement on Friday, Tiger Woods is apparently returning to his treatment program at the sex rehab clinic. US PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem issued a statement suggesting that Woods had not yet completed his treatment.
“I don’t know what he’s going to do after he finishes his rehab,” said Finchem. “In a vacuum we’d like him back as soon as possible – but we want him back importantly when he’s dealt with the issues he felt like he had to deal with.”
Apparently Woods was taking a sanctioned break to spend time with his children before returning to therapy. It’s not known if his wife Elin will be by his side when he makes his statement in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla in a few hours.
But a British bookmaker has put the odds of Elin showing up at the event at 4-to-7. Other odds, include 8-to-1 that Woods will announce a divorce; 12-to-1 that his wife Elin is pregnant, and 100-to-1 that Tiger Woods will announce his retirement.
Source: NY Daily News