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. Read more…
Earlier today I reported at least four Clear Channel radio stations in Asheville, North Carolina, including news radio station WWNC-AM, posted a statement on their respective websites claiming it to be a “leaked” apology from Tiger Woods.
Hank Gola and Corky Siemaszko of the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS report that Team Tiger wasn’t amused by Clear Channel’s “scoop.”
UPDATE: The Clear Channel news radio station in Asheville, WWNC-AM, is also reporting the “leaked” Tiger Woods statement. I now have an email into them.
As first reported by Rick Chandler at NBCSports.com’s Out Of Bounds, at least three Clear Channel radio stations in Asheville, North Carolina, are claiming this morning to have an excerpt of Tiger Woods’ apology to be read on Friday. Star 104.3, 99.9 Kiss Country and Rock 104.9 in Asheville have posted this statement on their respective websites:
Here’s the text that’s being leaked of Tiger Woods’ speech scheduled for Friday, 2/19 at 11AM.
“Directly to the point there is no one to blame but me for the mess I have put my wife and family through. I accept total and complete responsibility. My wife and I have been trying to work things out but sadly things have not worked out.
Again all the blame is upon me. We have decided to live apart with me having mutually agreed upon times when I can be with our children. I know that the world wants all the details of what transpired in our marriage but that is between my wife and I and will remain that way. I have to get on my life and that means playing golf again. Read more…