As we understand it, Tiger’s therapy called for a week’s break at this time during which he has spent a few days with his children and then will make his statement before returning,” Finchem said in a letter Thursday. “Accordingly, there was very little flexibility in the date for the announcement.”
So does this mean Tiger’s not going to announce he’s playing at the Phoenix Open? Interestingly enough, on Wednesday when the Commish responded with lots of “I don’t knows” from the press, he made a Freudian slip:
I don’t know. I don’t know what his plans are in terms of what he’s going to say. I don’t know what he’s going to do after he finishes his rehab, you know, I think all of that is TBD. You all will make up your own minds about that and write about it and so will fans and people that have been impacted by it.
Catch the “after he finishes his rehab?” Mmhm. So it appears that Tiger’s statement is him “getting honest,” which as author Benoit Denizet-Lewis — who spent time at the same sex rehab clinic where Tiger reportedly checked into (and out of) — detailed as a must-do.
The latest detail certainly clarifies the timing of Tiger’s gathering, I guess. But Geoff Shackelford reminds us that Sean Martin reported “the announcement has been in the works for some time” and the TPC Sawgrass room was “reserved late last week.” He also noted this comical bit in the letter:
The PGA Tour made available its sprawling, Mediterranean-styled clubhouse for the announcement, and is helping set up adjacent ballrooms at the nearby Sawgrass Marriott for media, where they can watch Woods on closed-circuit TV.
Finchem said in the letter that Woods’ management asked for the facilities, and “we agreed as we would for any member of the PGA Tour.”
So, say, John Daly, called, he would receive the same kid-glove treatment?
Clearly, there was no way Tiger could have pushed back his therapy to Monday out of respect for the Tour, sponsors and his fellow players. You know how insensitive those therapists are. So all of this was a total coincidence. Just like the glamour shots of Tiger jogging and practicing golf.
Oh, and no word yet on when Tiger completes rehab.
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