Skip to comments.Why now? Players react to Woods’ plans (Ernie Els & others displeased)
Posted on 02/18/2010 11:14:02 AM PST by OldDeckHand
MARANA, Ariz. Tiger Woods isnt playing the WGC-Accenture Match Play, a tournament he has won three times, but his presence is being felt here.
Like a dark cloud in Arizona sunlight.
In mid-December, Accenture dropped Woods as a commercial spokesman. Wednesday, the Woods camp dropped this little diversionary bombshell on the first day of Accentures PGA Tour event: Woods will be seen and heard Friday for the first time since his sex scandal began unfolding at Thanksgiving and led to his indefinite leave from golf.
Woods will appear in an ultra-controlled setting, in line with his modus operandi of so many years. He will speak to a small group of friends, colleagues and close associates and discuss his past and future and apologize at an 11 a.m. (EST) televised gathering at the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., according to a notice from his IMG agent, Mark Steinberg.
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"Its 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.
Ernie telling it like it is. Clearly, Tiger's his same old self.
Calculated. All of it. Trying to get the apology out so the Woods’ buzz can get off the ground and get him back on the tournament.
Since Tiger wins about half of the tournies he enters, his opponents are all too happy to have him sit aside or be well distracted.
Wow, that’s savy business sense. Hire me as your spokesperson and I’ll stick it to you as soon as the relationship runs it’s course.
What an excellent plan to pick up new sponsors. He should fire his agent/manager.
Tiger Woods is a good golfer, but he is also just about as sleazy a husband and father as I have ever seen exposed. His wife might have forgiven a one woman affair, but 14, including knocking up a porn star twice. What a family man.
Of course this was probably Tiger’s own call. He’s wounded and lashing out wherever he can get a shot in.
Good point. I'm sure this isn't lost of possible future sponsors.
Tiger may be the best golfer that's ever lived, but he doesn't have a tenth of the business acumen of a Greg Norman or Jack Nicklaus. Yep, Tiger filthy rich. But virtually all that money comes from him putting his own name on other people's products. Nicklaus and Norman and Palmer have all created successful companies.
Do you think ernie and the rest didn't know Tiger was F%%ing around.
Why didn't Ernie stand up then?
Because he would look like an idiot and a sore looser.
I hope that tiger never plays again... he represents the worst America has to offer.
kinda like now?
I suppose Ernie would say because what he may (or may not have) known then was private - between Tiger and his wife - probably purely speculative and none of Ernie's business. But, this is quite different. Ernie is commenting on Tiger very public actions; Making a statement on the Friday of a high-profile golf tournament, a World Golf event.
There's protocol for these kinds of laundry-airing statements on tour; Always scheduled for the Monday following the tournament, not during Friday's play.
The people on tour and the golf media had to have heard whispers. Some may have known. None of them said a word. I don’t want to hear from any of them now. Tiger wasn’t the only one damaged in this. People who benefited from his presence on tour so they kept quiet are culpable as well.
It’s about business. Tiger shouldn’t make the announcement because it might affect business this weekend, but people kept their traps shut about his life because it might have affected their business (those huge purses he brought to the sport).
In fairness I don’t know if Ernie had the slightest bit of knowledge. But anyone who did should just shut up now.
What would you have had him say....
"I have heard rumors from a friend's cousin's sister's babysitter, that Tiger Woods is banging hookers and whores. Thanks for your time"
It's a little ridiculous, don't you think?
Tiger explains: “It was the bushes fault.”
I just hope that ReHab didn’t mess up his golf game. I could care less what he does in his spare time. I watch him because he’s the best golfer ever. Its not like he’s working out the school cirriculae or something, now that would cause me to get upset! (careful ... /s).
I don't pretend to have any real inside scoop, but I do golf from time to time with a guy who's a caddy on the Sr. Tour (and part-time on the regular) for a pretty well-known Pro. He swears to me that he, nor his guy, had ANY idea. It was a complete shock to him. He said that Tiger keeps entirely to himself and really has no friends on tour. In fact, he said that Tiger's wife never hangs with the other wives, either.
Some may have known, but I think it was a shock to many more than it wasn't.
You can say that in duplicate!!
Focus on your game ernie.
Just my opinion but I think he has a more legitament beef than talking about Tiger’s love life.
why,because he cares about the game so much,for the history of it,the respect we golf nuts have for it?
Hey Woods, you’ve already PROVED the fact that you’re a bum! So make your announcement some other time!
Ernie’s not looking at it from the right perspective. For Tiger Friday is a great day to have his announcement because most people don’t follow news stories (even gossipy ones) through the weekend, so the story will die. If he has his announcement on Monday it’ll be the talk of sports news all week.
Ok, i personally feel that Americans are quicker to forgive a Celeb for almost anything.Before they would a family member,who may have committed the same offense. Well you can count me as as one of those who say, “ Just go into rehab and they will forgive you anything “ type folks. I’m no longer that forgiving. These Celebs have the money & power to do anything their little hearts desire. And they do. So let him eat cake.
The timing of this public statement in a setting that he controls further makes the case that Tiger Woods is a sociopath.
Woods must have been soaking up the lions-share of the endorsement dollars on the PGA. With his personal life on the skids those dollars may move to other golfers. You hafta figure Els & others may be rooting against Woods just a little.
That's precisely the way I see it. It's about him, only him and always him.
I'm not entirely discounting the possibility of some resentment at play - although, I can't say Els really seems the type. But to play contrarian, I'll point out that endorsements for other players didn't shrink with Woods, they actually increased, even when removing Woods' number from the equation.
I read last summer - before the scandal - that not only was Tiger number one in total sports endorsements, but Phil Mickelson was number three, only being bested by LeBron James. It was a story that ran in the Cleavland Plain Dealer about James. I was a little shocked that Mickelson did so well.
The people that worship woods’ butt are probably card carrying viewers of Am Idol. Golf should have the same crowds and tennis or hockey. Let em yell. And woods would be gone.
Can’t wait to see Tiger back on the tour!
If I recall correctly, Ernie Els knew Elin long before introducing her to Tiger. It’s not accidental that they quoted him; I think Els expected better from Tiger.
I don’t think it was Ernie. It was Jasper Parnivek (sp)
You are 100% right; I stand corrected - thank you!
I live down the road from where he is now and this is pathetic
he’s a golfer and to hear the media and FOX talk about this you would think that he is the second coming
now they have a shrink on about this
of all the things going on in the world and we have this women on fox talking about this like she’s just won a million
he’s a golfer get a grip and lets focus on more pressing issues than talking about a dopey cheating golfer who made billions by hitting a ball into a hole
I live down the road from where he is right now and swear no one around here gives a crap about him.
just another dopey celeb golfer who got caught cheating but to hear some talk about this you would think he was the best thing in the world.
FOX has been covering this for over 10 mins now, so I guess that the dopey woman on FOX thinks that Iran, spending, health care, nukes, Binladen are not that important because tiger is going to talk
bno wonder this country is in a mess , we have far too many dopes who love celebs
I quite agree. Do tell what Woods’ “mea culpa” is all about as I’m office-bound.
A narcissist, like our Corrupter-in-Chief.
Hey Tiger, I've got news for you. If you had kept it in your pants, none of this would be happening! YOU brought this on to your family. Not the media.
He's even more of an ass now.
It's YOUR FAULT, Tiger!
And the talking heads will parse every words, making a major event of Woods’ words as well as a replay of his antics. Back to the Olympic coverage, please.
I live down the road here from where he is and not one neighbor or friend cars about this crap.
we do care about the wars we’re in etc
listening to some dopey golfer celeb saying how he will change and how he made mistakes, let others down bla bla is pathetic.
I bet he even says how his faith has helped him as that is the usual clap trap they come out with
It's on ABCCBSNBC, not just the cable channels. It's ridiculous. I couldn't watch more than a minute either. Strangely, I thought there was a LOT of Obama in that diatribe, not just Clinton. Similarity in pathologies, no doubt.
If this asshat want to make ammends, he should cut his wick off and donate it to science. So glad his wife wasn’t there. At least she has a little class.
You’re right, Rome (US) is burning and the media and WH thinks it’s cool. F them. Can’t wait for Nov 2010.
Thanks for the note.