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Finchem shoots down Tiger conspiracy theory

Posted on: May 13, 2011 4:39 pm
Edited on: May 13, 2011 4:41 pm

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tim Finchem wasted no time refuting any supposition that the PGA Tour placed pressure on an ailing Tiger Woods to play this week at the Players Championship before he was medically ready.

Appearing live on CNBC on Friday morning, the commissioner of the tour stated unequivocally that there was never any arm-twisting to play or quid pro quo involved for making the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse available for Woods' high-profile public apology last year, a theory that was espoused on a CNBC sister network, the Golf Channel.

"... The idea that we would pressure him to do anything is ludicrous," Finchem said flatly. "We don’t pressure any player to play any tournament. Tiger doesn’t enter a tournament unless he thinks he can win.”

Maybe yes, maybe no, at least on that last point. Woods appeared nowhere near ready to play this week, given that he played only 18 holes in four weeks heading into the tournament and had spent one day practicing with his new swing coach. In the nine holes he played before withdrawing Thursday, Woods was 6 over and hit two balls in the water. There are few, if any, examples of Woods showing up to play with less preparation than this week.

Various talking heads suggested that Woods played only because he was pressure or felt beholden to the tour for making the facility available when he made his first public comments on his ruinous, off-season sex scandal. Finchem told CNBC that he was not concerned that Woods would be sidelined for a lengthy period and said ratings were up from last year in most of the season’s early broadcasts.

“The story now is the young players and when Tiger’s going to come back and play as he used to,” Finchem said. “He doesn’t need to come back and dominate like he did. He needs to play.

“My concern is where his injuries are going to go, and he doesn’t know what the answer is to that. And we won’t know that for a while.”

Despite hosting the event this week at PGA Tour headquarters, Finchem has yet to meet with the print media this week, though a Sunday press session was added after several complaints about his availability were voiced.


Category: Golf

Since: Aug 1, 2010
Posted on: May 14, 2011 5:17 pm

Finchem shoots down Tiger conspiracy theory

Emotionally, Tiger's mental game is spent. He has had too many swing coaches and to be honest, I think his caddy carries the same baggage that he does. He certainly has not stepped up to the plate to support him mentally and physically and maybe that is due to Tiger's persona. Tiger needs help at this point in his career and I am afraid that he is not willing to accept this fact or  that he still feels like he is invcincible as he once was on the course. Time does not wait for anybody and if Tiger thinks it waits for him, he better think again.

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: May 14, 2011 9:33 am

Finchem shoots down Tiger conspiracy theory

How can he get it back? Well, once he gets back to being a Player off the course, he then and only then will get back to being a Player on the course. Point is, he is most comfortable when he is in total control. Currently he isn't. "Don't hate the Player..."

Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: May 14, 2011 8:56 am

Finchem shoots down Tiger conspiracy theory

Can you imagine if we get to the point where he may win that?
It's not hard to imagine that at all Jimmy. In fact, we are already there.  The drought he has gone through has reached a point where any success is going to be cause for celebration.  The Perkins' waitresses better keep an eye out for him.  The key to this happening however, is that he actually starts winning again. It's already May and he looks like me hacking up the course.  If he's going to win a comeback player of the year award, it won't be until after next season.  The problem with him returning to greatness is that he is not going to be able to return to his old swing of 10 years ago because his body can't handle it.  He is going to have to re-invent himself which is a major undertaking.  As much as I would love to see him rack up 20+ majors wins, it's looking ever increasingly like it's not going to happen.  I would expect that if he can muster a win somewhere along the way that it will be the spark he needs to get going again.  There are plenty of Tiger haters that would love to see him continue to crash and burn, but he's great for the game.  He has made plenty of golfers a lot of money over the years because he has been in the field.  Advertisers throw money around like it's candy on Halloween when Tiger is in a tournament.  He made golf a relevant sport and brought new golfers to the sport.  He has done a lot of things wrong in his life, but he's no different than a lot of other pro athletes, movie stars and musical artists.  I'm pulling for you Tiger!!

Since: Feb 1, 2011
Posted on: May 14, 2011 12:42 am

Finchem shoots down Tiger conspiracy theory

Woods is a complete mess right now.  If I were him, I would shut it down for a few months, scrap this new swing, and figure out a way to go back to the swing that I grew up with.  Basically start over, wipe the slate clean, and attempt to win an award he has never won before.........Comeback player of the year award.  Think about that for a second.  Can you imagine if we get to the point where he may win that?  It is not all that far fetched if he continues this downward spiral.

Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: May 13, 2011 6:02 pm

Finchem shoots down Tiger conspiracy theory

Oh Pleeeeese!

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