Tiger is no longer dialed in with AT&T. On Thursday the company cut its ties, curtly stating, “We are ending our sponsorship agreement with Tiger Woods and wish him well in the future.”
I guess that’s AT&T’s way of saying, Happy Birthday and have a wonderful New Year!
But the good news is the company added it will continue its support of Tiger’s PGA Tour event, the AT&T National, where he captured one of his six wins on Tour last season. Now that won’t be awkward…
Guesses as to which logo will fill the empty space on Tiger’s bag when he returns from his “indefinite break”? Best wishes with that.
Update*: CNBC is reporting that AT&T is also no longer sponsoring Tiger Jam and expects Chevron, which backs the tournament hosted by Tiger (you know, the one traditionally held the week after Thanksgiving that he skipped this year because of “medical reasons”) to benefit his foundation, will be the next to go.
Update**: According to PGA Tour spokesman Ty Votaw, Tiger will not serve as host for the 2010 AT&T National, but tournament proceeds will continue to benefit his foundation. Geoff Shackelford confirmed it via email with Votaw and also learned this detail: “I can confirm that Tiger Woods status as host of the AT+T National is not due to a suspension or any other disciplinary reason.”