Feb
18
2010
Tiger’s Selfish Ways Annoy Everyone
By Stephanie Wei under General

Tiger Woods hasn’t even taken the podium to read his soliloquy, but he’s already stolen the stage. Everybody is talking about Tiger rather than the actual golf that’s being played. That was the point, though.

As you know, the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship started yesterday and Team Tiger’s announcement came shortly after the coverage began. Most important, Accenture was the first company to break up with Tiger. So, naturally, he’s mad. And what better way to screw the sponsor than to overshadow the global golf gathering it hosts? At the same he’s taking attention away from the guys — who haven’t wronged him — actually playing golf.

Ernie Els sure thinks so:

“It’s selfish. You can write that. I feel sorry for the sponsor. Mondays are a good day to make statements, not Friday. This takes a lot away from the golf tournament.”

Big high-five to the 20-year-old Rory McIlroy for his candor:

“He’s got to come out at some point. I suppose he might want to get something back against the sponsor that dropped him.”

But apparently Accenture is taking the high road. Jason Sobel chatted with Fred Hawrysh, an Accenture spokesperson:

“We got a call from Tiger’s agent [Mark Steinberg] prior to the announcement yesterday, so we had a heads up that they were going to make the announcement and they told us they were timing it for Friday — for whatever reason, it was important to go out this week. But they were timing it at 11 a.m. ET and we don’t tee off here until noon local time. They told us they deliberately timed this so it would not overlap with anything that was happening here.”

And I’m the Queen of England.

Unless Tiger is playing at next week’s Waste Management Open, then it could have waited until Monday. And it’s doubtful his first tournament would be at an event where the beer flows freely and fans behave crudely. Plus, 2001 was the last time he played in Phoenix.

But hey, as one golf writer pointed out, at least he didn’t choose to make his announcement the day after the Haiti quake.