My first thought yesterday upon hearing the Tiger press conference news was that he’s trying to upstate the Match Play Championships to get back at Accenture for dropping him. I wasn’t the only one with that thought, including many writers and these players quoted in a GolfWeek article:
“It’s selfish,” said Ernie Els, mincing no words. “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.”
“Timing-wise it’s not the best,” Sergio Garcia said of Woods’ latest move.
Rory McIlroy, 20, sounded a louder horn. “I suppose he might want to get something back against the sponsor that dropped him,” he said.
Ah, youth. Rory speaks without parsing his words.
Mark Steinberg, Tiger’s agent, says that the announcement has to be made Friday. So the question is: What deadline are they facing? I suspect that he’ll announce he’s going to play in the Masters and a warm up tournament or two.
But why not make that announcement this past Monday, BEFORE the Match Play, or last week? Nothing in this entire series of embarassing events has been handled correctly by Team Tiger. Even if the timing of this press conference is totally innocent, it’s unbelievable that none of his PR guys figured out how it would appear. And what idiot decided to call a five minute press conference with no questions? That just makes it seem as though Tiger is a moral coward—unwilling to face the music. It’s going to create more questions than it will answer, adding to the fire, not extinguishing it. Just wait until the first love child shows up.
Woody should fire his entire management team.