Tiger Woods skips FedEx Cup, but comes to New York to promote his new EA Sports video game
HARRISON, N.Y. (Aug 25, 2007) - Tiger Woods decided not to come to the New York area for the first tournament in PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem’s endlessly promoted FedEx Cup. But he will be in the city to promote his own video game Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 on Tuesday.
If this doesn’t show where Woods’ priorities lie, nothing does.
There is no denying Tiger is the greatest golfer of all time already, that he’s done more to pump up TV ratings than any single golfer in history too. But there is also no way to pretend that Woods is not much more interested in his own projects (ones that benefit him directly in his bank account) than helping the PGA Tour grow as a whole.
The Tour has let Tiger help make a mockery of the FedEx Cup by not eliminating golfers from the playoffs as soon as they skip one of the four tournaments. Finchem might as well go to New York City on Tuesday himself and try to get a little face time with golf’s megastar. He’d probably have to wait in line like everyone else though.
Earlier this week, Finchem told reporters that he has communicated with Woods since the FedEx Cup skip-out announcement, but he declined to say but which method. Here’s betting it was by e-mail and Blackberry. Or perhaps carrier pigeon. Do you think Tiger really feels any need to take Finchem’s calls?
He’s above the Tour anyways.
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I am surprised that any golfer would think that playing six golf tournaments in seven weeks as the primary focus of every media attention, is comparable to jetting to NY for a promo tour. Of course it's a different mentality and obviously a nice break in the pressure Tiger is under when playing.
Tiger benefits from the PGA, and I believe he is very sensitive to playing as many tournaments as he feels he can play on a competitive level. The PGA, as acknowledged this week by their pouting, is extremely dependent on Tiger for their high ratings and purses. I think the PGA should show a little appreciation to Tiger by fixing this foolish FedEx Championship where it's at least a few weeks from the last major. I'm sure Tiger is not the only top player who would appreciate this.
And one more obvious point - Tiger has a new daughter that he has had very little time to relax with. To show no sensitivity to the guy who is one of the major forces in making golf relevant these day, is very small hearted.
Sure the PGA can change the rules and require the players to make every tournament in the championship, but I think they know that Tiger would just bow out, and then they really would be in a pickle.
And then the "Champion" would be someone else. How would that make the Cup look?
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