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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: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2010 10:11 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

I concur.

However I am subject to change my mind at sometime in the future as I know many of Tigers decisions going forward are based on my concerns. (sarcasm)

I wonder what any of us would do in his shoes, does an apology do anything, is he supposed to answer any and all questions or just some. I wish he'd made different choices and that really we weren't dealing with this at all but that isn't the case. The facts are different people have different takes on it, the strange thing is how so many are calling each other out over differing opinions.

I personally was delighted to watch last weekends event at Pebble couldn't have cared less about who was there. The green grass and the blue sky are what I find inspiring, that and playing with good people. As for marveling at "the best" again couldn't care less I like the underdog most times anyways.

That said, off to strike a few and hit DQ with my son, I'll leave the moaning and groaning to the rest of you.

Since: May 24, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 10:08 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

i think it's funny that they "vote" to not attend...they complain about tiger just looking for attention when they're doing the exact same thing themselves...i worked in a newsroom for 12 much as there's plenty of good people working in newsrooms across the nation there's also plenty of primadonnas(hell that's why half these people get in this business. they can't play sports or do anything else so this is as close as they'll get to being famous)...i'm sure elling is one of them...this vote is nothing more than the writers wanting their extra couple minutes of they really think that by voting to not attend the whole world isn't going to know what's said at the presser anyway...joke...

Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 9:59 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

I applaud the boycott, though I'm more interested to see how the writers respond following the press conference. Will they fawn over Mr. Woods apology or will they tear it apart? At the beginning of this ordeal Mr. Woods asked for privacy, basically saying his relationship with his wife was none of our business. Fine, have your privacy. Though I am curious about the timing and nature of this press conference. If he's not announcing his return to golf why even have the event. I personally don't want to hear about Mr. Woods and his private struggles with the so-called sex demons (Myth). That personal information that should stay between he and his wife.


Since: Jan 29, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2010 9:55 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

JuggernautJay, do you really think Tiger Woods owes anyone an explanation surrounding his transgressions? I mean personally, I couldn't care less about Tiger's personal life...anymore than I care about the guy who lives down the road. I like Tiger...he's a great golfer and he's been great for the PGA. Unfortunately the man made a mistake (or 2, or 6, or 12 depending on how many of these women you believe) and he's paying for it in his personal life...why does he owe millions of people any explanation?


I completely agree with you BSG40. Tiger Woods owes no one an explanation except those inside his family circle. Journalists in general seem to take cheap shots and kick a man when he is down. But you make an excellent point. He did'nt kill anyone. In fact what he has done is'nt even a crime. Tiger Woods seemingly cheated on his wife. But so do millions of average Joes and I'm more than sure that these same journalists who want to crucify Woods have many in their circle that have cheated on their signifigant other as well. The only diffrence is that Woods had such a clean image and is obviously very famous. But who created the squecky clean image? Journalists thats who. The same people who made a living creating the Tiger image are now the people earning another paycheck by tearing him down, and planning a silly boycott temper tantrum because Tiger is attempting to explain his personal life on his terms.

Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2010 9:47 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Journalists upset over ground rules? Wahhhhh. God the state of supposed "journalism" in this country mirrors that of the decline of education in general. Hard to blame Tiger for setting groundrules else the rabid dogs of the press would pick over the carcass. Tiger's personal problems are not now meat for the voyeuristic media.

I hate it and most readers hate it when THE MEDIA TRIES TO BECOME THE STORY.

You have the right to boycott the media remarks and you also have the right to shut the you know what up after you made your announcement. Thin skinned media - pathetic.

Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 9:43 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Yes, he doesn't know you ever existed in this world!!!
This is insane world. First I would get clean before I open to judge him. I am full of sin and I know 99% of the people living on earth are. It is the media that made him angel and now that made him devil. It is totally embarrasing. I am totally offended.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2010 9:42 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

That is very well said. I really don't think that Woods needs to apologize to anyone except his wife and family. This is the disconnect if you ask me. I also have not been perfect in my life as many people are not, but I have never felt the requirement to apolgize to anyone except the folks I hurt, which were members of my family. with that said, I simply don't understand the power play he is doing and it really smacks of the same mentality that got him into this trouble.

Since: Aug 11, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2010 9:40 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Once an arrogant jerk, always an arrogant jerk. (The media) used to say he has to be an arrogant jerk in order to concentrate and win golf tournaments. Yeah, only arrogant jerks are winners of golf tournaments. 
(Clapping with you....) Hope you're already there, Tiger. 

Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 9:37 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

The GWAA should've boycotted it on the "Who Cares" premise. I was finally getting used to not hearing about this moron for the past month and here it comes again.

Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 9:36 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Really? We have no proofs you were buying products he was pitching. I've never been his fan because of his action behind close doors. Talent and drive would determine his fate. That is all. God this is insane. Ask yourself what would you do if you were in his position. Did he have to confess in open space for his fault?  Do you open your bed room to who ever wants to get in? I don't. It is something morethan opening his bedroom what the media is asking for. He didn't ask to be a role model okay. He has done more charity work than anybody I know at his level. Apart from that, he has nothing to lose. God nobody knows what is happening at everybody's house. Lets get real.

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