Tiger Woods is headed back for more counseling.
At least, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem hinted as much during an interview with ABC News on Thursday and confirmed it in a letter to tour players.
Finchem, speaking outside his office in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., tried to explain why Woods had picked Friday morning to hold his press conference, which most interpreted as an attempt to steal attention away from the sponsor of this week’s tournament, Accenture, which dropped him as an endorser.
Finchem said Woods will enumerate his real reasons at the press session, set to begin at 11 a.m. at TPC Sawgrass. Then he gave strong indications as to what might lie in Woods' short-term future. Woods' agent had previously indicated that Friday was picked because of a timing issue.
“This is a time frame that met with his rehab schedule, coming out for a little bit, being with his family for a little bit, doing this, it just worked,” Finchem said.
Coming out for a little bit?
“He got out of rehab last week, he spent some time with his family, he had some time for this tomorrow, and he’ll address the details of that tomorrow,” he said. “I should leave that to him.”
Asked to reiterate that Woods had gotten out of rehab – no mainstream news outlet had previously confirmed that Woods had undergone therapy for anything – Finchem dropped an even stronger hint that Woods might be headed back for more counseling.
“He came out, yes,” Finchem said, emphasizing his choice of words.
Finchem also sent a letter of explanation to players, several of whom had savaged Woods for picking the middle of the Accenture tournament to make his first comments in three months.
“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, which was obtained by the Associated Press. “Accordingly, there was very little flexibility in the date for the announcement.”