TMZ.com has this photo of Tiger Woods’ private plane today at Mesa Gateway Airport in Phoenix:
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:
Brendon de Jonge
Chris DiMarco +
Rickie Fowler +
Charles Howell III
Jonathan Kaye +
Martin Kaymer @
Davis Love III
Billy Mayfair +
Rocco Mediate +
Joe Ogilvie +
Alvaro Quiros +
Sam Saunders +
Jeev Milkha Singh
Bo Van Pelt
Dean Vomacka #
4 Open Qualifiers
144 Players in the Field
+ - Sponsor Exemptions
# - Section Members/Champions
@ - Foreign Exemptions