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Tiger: Video shoot over Greensboro shots

Posted on: August 19, 2011 5:00 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – The dissonance and disconnect continue.

A few days ago in Atlanta, former world No. 1 Tiger Woods said he had family obligations that this week precluded him from making a last-ditch attempt at qualifying for the much-hyped FedEx Cup playoffs.

Then he spent Tuesday posing for new video game animation and publicity shots.

As though things aren’t bad enough on the golf course for Woods, already plunging down the world rankings after missing the cut last week at the 93rd PGA Championship, he’s all but begging to get hammered over his latest myopic management decision.

Without clarifying, Woods indicated in Atlanta that he had family obligations this week, which most assumed meant he had custodial scheduling issues with his children that could not be reworked.

Fine, dandy. Feel free to examine that logic at your leisure, if you so desire, especially since he claimed for two straight week that he needs “reps” in order to get his game back.

Seem like a mixed message? We’re just getting started.

Woods spent Tuesday at EA Sports in suburban Orlando filming computer footage for a new version of his video game, then engaged in a publicity stunt to promote sales by playing a teenager who won a national contest for the right to face Woods on the virtual golf course.

Maybe it’s just me, but what message does that send to Greensboro, the million-dollar FedEx Cup series title sponsors, the TV networks paying rights fees and golf in general – even if he does have custody of the kids?

Amazingly, the PGA Tour saw fit to pimp the EA Sports publicity stunts on its website Friday, even though Woods’ decision to skip Greensboro reads an awful lot like a tacit message that he doesn’t care about the FedEx Cup – or not enough to choose playing actual golf in lieu of satisfying one of his last remaining endorsement clients.

Custody of the kids or not, it smells all wrong and screams, “I am not there.”

Turning Tuesday’s EA Sports outing into a series of propaganda stunts – publicity photos of Woods at the video shoot were splashed over at least two notable golf-related websites Thursday -- is just plain begging for more criticism and scrutiny at a time when Woods can ill afford it.

This week in Greensboro, a slew of big names like three-time major winners Padraig Harrington, Ernie Els and Vijay Singh are trying to make the cut and move up in the FedEx Cup standing. This marks the last week to secure additional points in order to qualify for the four-event playoff series beginning next week at The Barclays in Edison, N.J.

As for Woods, all the public knows for sure is that he spent one day this week helping hawk a video game.

PGA Tour communications chief Ty Votaw acknowledged Friday that the organization has a licensing deal with EA Sports, but would not elaborate about revenue percentages or other financial particulars of the contract.

Votaw also declined to discuss or express an opinion about whether Woods’ decision to conduct corporate-related business instead of playing at least indirectly sends the wrong message about the importance of the FedEx Cup.

As for the kid from Indiana who won the right to play Woods on his video game? The PGA Tour story noted that the 19-year-old held a 10-shot lead over Woods at one point.


Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: August 22, 2011 5:47 pm

Tiger: Video shoot over Greensboro shots

he's 36th in the world.....why does Elling care so much about what he does?

TW is in the top 5 of best golfers ever, all-time. Where someone places him within the top 5 is subjective. And whatever he does from here on out won't change what he has already accomplished. This is just a battle between the media and TW. This has been going on for yrs and when he stumbled (first personally and then professionally), the media is intent on exacting it's revenge.

When he says 'family committments', the media assumes it invovles his kids. They want him to say it involves his kids, but he won't be as specific as the media wants. They, in turn, write what they assume or speculate and it goes on and on and on.

Since: Aug 22, 2011
Posted on: August 22, 2011 4:34 pm

Tiger: Video shoot over Greensboro shots


Since: Aug 22, 2011
Posted on: August 22, 2011 4:32 pm

Tiger: Video shoot over Greensboro this is news?

I dont see how this even got approved to be a real story. If he doesnt want to play then so be it! He doesnt have to answer to anyone about what he does when he is not paying golf. I guess the next story will be Tiger is not spending time with his kids, and then you will write about him being a dead beat dad.  Or maybe you did this to piss people off!!! GO TIGER cant wait to see you back winning next season!!

Since: Aug 11, 2009
Posted on: August 22, 2011 4:22 pm

Tiger: Video shoot over Greensboro shots

Nothing to lose sleep over Elling. Woods didn't give up golf and didn't change how great the game of golf is. Gotta take care of yourself sometimes, I doubt Woods took the weekend off because he doesn't want to play golf. Sounds too silly to say something like that. Could be a testimony that you need to take a break sometime. That is all.

Since: Aug 8, 2011
Posted on: August 22, 2011 12:38 pm

Tiger: Video shoot over Greensboro shots

BOOM BABY!! On the money!!

Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: August 22, 2011 10:42 am

Tiger: Video shoot over Greensboro shots

It is amazing to think that anyone would feel they have the right to suggest Tiger do anything but what he wants to do with his free time. None of this is our business. Its funny that anyone would think that Tiger is not still filthy rich seeing that he has generated over a billion dollars in revenue from all his endeavors (for profit and non-profit) over his career. The blow by blow account of his activities during any day by someone who is not a part of his life is not only ridiculous, and Mrs. Kravitz like (Bewitched), but intrusive and petty. Give it a rest. This is not news.

Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: August 21, 2011 6:29 pm

Tiger: Video shoot over Greensboro shots

Seriously Elling?  Tiger says he has "family obligations this week" and can't play at Greensboro.  A golf tournament is a week-long commitment; but "family obligations" could take a weekend, two days, even just a day during the weekend, and would still prevent a player from playing.  So what is Tiger supposed to do?  Sit around all week doing nothing until his family obligation?  

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: August 21, 2011 1:45 pm

Tiger: Video shoot over Greensboro shots

Tiger is going broke , he has a house that he can not maintain with his income now and he has to do whatever right now because his game is not paying his bills

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: August 21, 2011 1:08 pm

Hey Elling Imagine This

The promo for the video game wasn't impromptu, it was set up weeks, maybe months, in advance. So imagine how you would have roasted Tiger if he'd stood up a 19 year old kid who won a contest and looked forward to meeting the world's greatest OR at least second greatest golfer of all time for what is the highlight of his life. I can see the title of your article then: Selfish Woods bails on his kids and teenager." 

How about writing a positive piece once in a while? I know that would be crazy wouldn't it?      

Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: August 21, 2011 12:09 pm

Tiger: Video shoot over Greensboro shots


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