Thursday night, Doug Ferguson of the ASSOCIATED PRESS and PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem helped Tiger Woods damage control the backlash from PGA Tours pros and Tour sponsor Accenture on the timing of Woods’ “talk” on Friday.
In a Thursday piece for the AP, Ferguson reported that he “obtained” a letter from Finchem that was apparently sent to something called the, “PGA Tour policy board.”
Excerpt of the “letter”:
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.”
The text of the letter is nothing more than an attempt by the commissioner to quell angry PGA players and this week’s match play tournament sponsor Accenture. Both parties are rightfully upset about Woods grabbing the spotlight right in the middle of the PGA Tour event. In fact some players, like Ernie Els, have expressed outrage.
So with the heat on Woods for what appeared to be a vindictive manuever, Finchem gave the golfer an out with the players, a sponsor and the public. Likewise Ferguson, who despite a boycott of the Woods “talk” on Friday morning by the Golf Writers Association of America, will be in attendance to transcribe Woods’ attempt to make good with his sponsors. (Whomever isn’t an ATM to the golfer is incidental.)
Incredible how Finchem, who said on Wednesday that he had no idea what Woods had planned for the public on Friday, was so amazingly well-informed 24 hours later.