The Only Match Play for Tiger Is With Elin
By Stephanie Wei under General

The deadline to commit for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championships passed at 5PM EST on Friday and the field has been announced. Color me five shades of not-shocked-at-all — but Tiger Woods did not enter.

Last week a Melbourne paper reported there were “strengthening whispers” about Tiger staging his comeback at the Match Play event in Tucson. Which, of course, no one really bought.

Accenture, the consulting company that centered its marketing campaign around Tiger, was the first to drop its corporate ties with him. So why would Tiger return there? I mean, I’ve heard the guy holds a grudge.

Tiger’s gruff caddie, Stevie Williams, shot down the rumors, saying, “The stories stating Tiger will return at the matchplay have no truth to them.”

With Tiger still on his indefinite break, Steve Stricker assumes the number-one seed. Phil Mickelson also isn’t playing because he’s taking a family vacation. Now this gives the opportunity to Chris Wood and Ross McGowan, the number 65 and 66 ranked players in the world.

Meanwhile, in Tiger gossip news, People is reporting that Tiger bought Elin a dive boat, “Solitude,” as a “peace offering,” according to unnamed sources:

“Tiger and Elin have continued diving when they are out for relaxation,” says a source. “And they talked about having a boat that would be mainly for this purpose.”

Two years in the works and built at a cost of $2 to $3 million, the boat is much smaller than his 150-foot yacht Privacy and is currently docked at the Pirate’s Cove Resort & Marina less than 10 minutes from his new Jupiter Island estate-in-progress.

If true, I guess Tiger went for the boat rather than a shiny rock from Zales for his “Kobe Special.”

The National Enquirer, which broke the story about Tiger’s affair with mistress number one, Rachel Uchitel, is claiming Tiger threw a temper tantrum while he was at sex rehab:

A hostile Tiger Woods exploded with pent-up rage during sex addiction therapy after weeks of treating the entire program as a big joke, a close source told The Enquirer. He denied he has a problem, says the source, ridiculed fellow patients and refused to cooperate with therapists.

Take it for what it’s worth. But I think twice before dismissing the Enquirer these days. Perhaps anger management therapy would have been a more appropriate than sex rehab — you know, if he actually was treated at Pine Grove.

So when will he reemerge? The Tavistock Cup? Bay Hill? The Masters? Maybe he’s actually taking Rick Reilly’s advice and not playing at all this year. Now that would be unfortunate.