Tiger Missed Phoenix PGA Event Entry Deadline

TMZ.com has this photo of Tiger Woods’ private plane today at Mesa Gateway Airport in Phoenix:

Tiger Woods plane in Mesa

The plane is parked, and TMZ reports it arrived on Sunday. It is indeed a cloudy, wet day in Mesa and the tail number is that of Woods’ plane. Radar reported Woods left Orlando Airport on Saturday night with his family en route to Phoenix - with an accompanying shot of the Woods plane in a hangar.

Phoenix is home to a celebrity rehab facility, and also happens to be hosting the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Open this weekend. So it’s natural to speculate that Woods may be there to continue his rehab before rolling out to the links.

But Woods missed the deadline to enter the tournament Friday.

The deadline for entry for the tournament was 5pm last Friday. Woods didn’t register to play in the tournament - and there aren’t provisions in the rules of the tournament that allow for late entry.

We now know Woods recently exited a 45-day rehab program and is likely to continue to seek therapy. It’s doubtful that Woods practiced his golf game during that period, meaning he’d have little to no time to get ready for this weekend. It’s also well-known that the Phoenix Open features by far the most raucous crowds on the PGA Tour.

With a story like this, you can never rule anything out, but for Woods to play this weekend would be beyond a surprise. And if he did, the tournament would have to grant him a special exemption.

Friday Woods gave the appearance that repairing his marriage was his first priority.

Returning to competitive golf in less than a week would fly in the face of everything he contended.

UPDATE: Below is a list of the complete 144-player field, per Ryan Ballengee at WaggleRoom.com:

02/19/2010 Waste Management Phoenix Open 17:46:19
Blake Adams
Michael Allen
Robert Allenby
Stuart Appleby
Woody Austin
Aaron Baddeley
Briny Baird
Ricky Barnes
Cameron Beckman
Rich Beem
Matt Bettencourt
Jason Bohn
Justin Bolli
Jonathan Byrd
Mark Calcavecchia
Chad Campbell
Alex Cejka
Greg Chalmers
Daniel Chopra
Chad Collins
Chris Couch
Fred Couples
Ben Crane
Ben Curtis
Brian Davis
Jason Day
Brendon de Jonge
Graham DeLaet
Chris DiMarco +
James Driscoll
Matt Every
Steve Flesch
Martin Flores
Rickie Fowler +
Harrison Frazar
Brian Gay
Tom Gillis
Lucas Glover
Mathew Goggin
Paul Goydos
Nathan Green
J.P. Hayes
J.J. Henry
Charley Hoffman
J.B. Holmes
Billy Horschel
Charles Howell III
Ryuji Imada
Trevor Immelman
Fredrik Jacobson
Lee Janzen
Zach Johnson
Matt Jones
Jonathan Kaye +
Martin Kaymer @
Anthony Kim
Matt Kuchar
Martin Laird
Derek Lamely
Tom Lehman
Marc Leishman
Justin Leonard
Michael Letzig
Davis Love III
Steve Lowery
Bill Lunde
David Lutterus
Jeff Maggert
Hunter Mahan
John Mallinger
Steve Marino
Troy Matteson
Billy Mayfair +
Scott McCarron
Parker McLachlin
George McNeill
Rocco Mediate +
John Merrick
Troy Merritt
Phil Mickelson
Bryce Molder
Patrick Moore
Ryan Moore
Kevin Na
James Nitties
Sean O’Hair
Nick O’Hern
Joe Ogilvie +
Geoff Ogilvy
Jeff Overton
Greg Owen
Ryan Palmer
Cameron Percy
Pat Perez
Kenny Perry
Tim Petrovic
Carl Pettersson
Scott Piercy
D.A. Points
Ian Poulter
Ted Purdy
Brett Quigley
Jeff Quinney
Alvaro Quiros +
Chez Reavie
John Rollins
Andres Romero
Justin Rose
Rory Sabbatini
Sam Saunders +
Michael Sim
Webb Simpson
Jeev Milkha Singh
Heath Slocum
Brandt Snedeker
Kevin Stadler
Kevin Streelman
Chris Stroud
Kevin Sutherland
Roger Tambellini
Vaughn Taylor
Josh Teater
Roland Thatcher
Nicholas Thompson
Chris Tidland
David Toms
D.J. Trahan
Marc Turnesa
Bo Van Pelt
Scott Verplank
Camilo Villegas
Dean Vomacka #
Johnson Wagner
Jimmy Walker
Nick Watney
Bubba Watson
Boo Weekley
Charlie Wi
Mark Wilson
Y.E. Yang

4 Open Qualifiers
144 Players in the Field

+ - Sponsor Exemptions
# - Section Members/Champions
@ - Foreign Exemptions

Jay Williamson
Chris Wilson
Kevin Johnson
Kris Blanks
Garth Mulroy
Brenden Pappas
Jerod Turner
Alex Prugh
Omar Uresti
Jeff Gove