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Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Posted on: February 18, 2010 8:33 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2010 10:19 pm

The number of attendees at Tiger Woods’ controversial, coming-clean press conference on Friday morning just got even smaller.

Upset over ground rules that Woods and his handlers created for journalists who were being admitted to the session, the board of the Golf Writers Association of America voted to boycott the event, set for 11 a.m., ET, near PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

From the outset, Woods sought to keep the number of those in attendance to a handful of around 30, a number that mostly included personal and professional friends or business associates. Three international wire services were invited to cover the session, during which Woods is expected to apologize for his unseemly extra-marital behavior over the past few years.

They represent his first public comments in three months, since before the sex scandal began last Thanksgiving.

Woods is refusing to answer questions, however, and outside of the wire service contingent, had limited the number of other media outlets to three. After the GWAA haggled with his spokesman Thursday to increase that number by another 12, Woods’ camp agreed to double the total number to six.

However, given that the GWAA ultimately felt it was inappropriate for Woods to dictate terms regarding how reporters would be allowed do their jobs – namely, by refusing to field questions – the organization voted to skip the event entirely.

“I cannot stress how strongly our board felt that this should be open to all media and also for the opportunity to question Woods,” said Vartan Kupelian, president of the 950-member group.

“The position, simply put, is all or none. This is a major story of international scope. To limit the ability of journalists to attend, listen, see and question Woods goes against the grain of everything we believe.”

One GWAA board member called it “a clear protest vote.”

It won’t affect much change in the eyes of Woods, presumably, but the organization felt it needed to stand on principle.

The Associated Press, Reuters and Bloomberg News are the wire services invited to attend. Initially, the other trio of media invitees consisted of one writer from a newspaper, Web site and magazine.

Nineteen GWAA board members voted to boycott the event, while four voted to attend and three abstained. In all, 26 of the 27 eligible board members cast votes.

For the record, as a GWAA board member, I voted to boycott the Woods session.

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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2010 11:23 am

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

and as such Mr Elling, can we count on you to continue to boycott him and stop writing about him altogether please?  It's gonna be a hoot to watch you hacks come running back the minute there's something to say again.

Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2010 11:04 am

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

The fact is Tiger is an arragont fk that just doesn't understand what really matters in life.
I couldn't care less how many majors he wins. So he can hit a little ball around a course. Great.
Stop making excusses for him just because he is good at something. He is a complete fool and this rehab stuff is a joke.
The GWAA is correct in this one; he isn't fielding questions so they won't be there. It really isn't a big news story.
People make all kinds of excusses for athletes that they cheer for. Do you know how pathetic that is?

Since: Feb 19, 2010
Posted on: February 19, 2010 11:00 am

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

I really could not care less if he returns or not.  Has he been good for the game of golf?  Well that depends on how you look at it,  From the PGA's standpoint he has had an impact on the TV money they take in and he has brought golf to the attention of a lot of young people that would not have any interest in golf other than him.  Has he helped put money in the pocket of other PGA players?  Sure he has but in my humble opinion they make to much money without him.  Today a half ass professional can make a million dollars a year by just placing a few times a year in the top ten.  The PGA events are all suppose to be charity events but if you measure the money the players take home versus the charity, the players are the big winners.  I am sure the charities are very happy to get whatever they get but they need to take the mask off the PGA and show it for what it really is.Now don't get me wrong I love to watch these guys play and see what they can do on a golf course.  I just know that the game of golf was around before Tiger and if he never came back the game would go on without him.  I have played in several Pro Am events and I have seen what these guys are subject to as far as women working the ropes and setting up dates with caddies.  It was easy to see how this happened to him and I don't think less of him as a man or a player because of it.  It would not have been so bad on him if he had not carried such a squeaky clean image and of course it didn't help that he was an ass to the media trying to cover him.Just remember he is not bigger than life.  He puts his pants on just like any other man.

Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2010 10:53 am

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Just what does Tiger OWE AN ANSWER for? What piece of the information are you missing? lol It's been documented as well as any historical event in the history of the earth yet you need an "answer"? You have an appetite for the voyeuristic or what?

Doh, what is the question? lol

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2010 10:40 am

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Let's write 4 articles about how we're boycotting Tiger Woods.

Since: Feb 19, 2010
Posted on: February 19, 2010 10:37 am

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Right on the money John, and who ever wrote the article sounds like a jaded fool with an axe to grind. Steve your just upset becuaes Tiger never gave you the time of day, your no Costas or Riley. Stop being hatefull.

Since: Apr 23, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2010 10:18 am

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Why does he own an explanation?  I think it should be pretty obvious. He manipulated sponsors around the world to believe and and PAY him for his squeaky clean, wholesome image. They in turn sold their products to countless millions based on that same appearance. So for the millions of people who purchased anything that he has hawked over theyears, ( and he has sold his soul for anything that will pay him) the CONSUMERS do need an explanation.

To say that it was simply his golf prowess that led to his endorsement deals is pretty naive. Sure he was/is dominant in golf and will retire with all kinds of records, but it was his carefully created image that was a hit with sponsors. Take away Tiger's good looks and replace them with either of the Stadlers' and he would have only received sponsorship from Denny's.

Since: Feb 19, 2010
Posted on: February 19, 2010 10:08 am

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Yeah like a bunch of jeaolous, jaded sportswriters have any effect on Tigers life.  Steve you sound like a bitter jeoulous guy that has an axe to grind. I dont want my athletes to be role models or even nice guys thats not why I watch them. I dont care if Tiger is a jerk or bad husband I am not married to him. I bet you cant name two of your kids teachers names steve because you spend too much time worrying about how mad you are at Tiger for getting a little. Get over it, he is the greatest golfer of all time and nothing you write will change that.

Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2010 10:00 am

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

ATLredskin  is a little misguided.
The golf writers have always been on Tiger's side. My gosh, is sickening how much they gushed over him before they found out that they were duped like the rest of us into buying what he was selling.
But remember, it was US magazine and the National Inquirer that went after Tiger. NOT the golf writers.
The GWAA is right in this case.

Since: Feb 19, 2010
Posted on: February 19, 2010 9:51 am

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

First, the WGAA, who have written about how horrible a person Tiger Woods is, has no credibility and are nothing more than self-entitled individuals.

Second, for those of you who are bashing Woods' refusal to include more than 6 or however many pool reporters there are or for his limited engagement in the public eye, get over it. Tiger Woods is accountable for his infidelities to his family, and maybe his friends. To those of us who do not even know him, he owes us nothing. I have never bought his products, I have never relied upon his representations, and I refuse to judge him as obliged to explain anything to ME. If you think he's someone who owes you an apology, you should redirect your efforts to his most famous golf buddy, Barry, and his destruction of our national economy.

Finally, for those who berate Tiger's recusal into a shell, realize this: since he has gone away (into his home with only planned appearances), an earthquake destroyed a nation, Greece is in an economic war with the EU threatening the Euro (an international currency), a guy flew a plane into a building intending to hurt people, five Islamic radicals in our own army tried to poison our own soldiers, and a few other things of significance have happened, right Mr. Brown? One individual's infidelity controlling your emotions in such a gross way is either very good or very sad. Clearly, you either  have such a good life as to judge someone you don't know on a myriad of allegations and your own moral standards (which we don't know if you even apply to yourself). Or, you have such a skewed perspective on the world that a golfer's indiscretions are more important than thousands of deaths and global economic disarray. Either way, you are warped in my world.

Let's just ignore his 11am statement and let him go about his life. He's forsaken the money that lies as the basis for your perceived obligation for explanation, so let him go. Let the WGAA's self-importance go away, too. This is all a huge joke, much like our author.

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