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Woods bails on U.S. events, with PGA Tour consent

Posted on: November 16, 2011 3:57 pm
 


ORLANDO, Fla. -- Wonder how this development will be received by several of the second-tier tournaments on the PGA Tour, not to mention a rather noteworthy event at Torrey Pines?

In case you missed the news of the day that didn't emanate from the Presidents Cup matches, Tiger Woods has signed a deal to play in January on the European Tour, presumably for a fat appearance fee.

But first, in order for Woods to play in the Abu Dhabi event January, he had to be granted a competing-events release by his home tour, the one in the States. Which is where it gets a bit sticky.

By PGA Tour rules, for a player to be eligible for a competing-events release, he must play in the required 15 events annually. Because of injury or personal choice, Woods hasn’t played in 15 events since 2009.

Yet the tour green-lighted him for the Abu Dhabi event, anyway, just as it did earlier this year for a competing European Tour event in Dubai, even though he did not play in the minimum number of Stateside events in 2010.

"We have the flexibility within the tournament regulations to reduce the 15-tournament requirement in the event of an injury or illness for purposes of receiving a conflicting event release," said Andy Pazder, the PGA Tour's second in command, in an email.

This is no small favor.

In order to play, Woods will skip playing in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey, a locale where he's had more success than at any other venue, with seven career victories, including the 2008 U.S. Open.

For the second year in a row, Woods didn’t come close to competing in 15 events, only entering nine this season. In fact, after missing three months in the middle of the season, he didn’t muster much of a good-faith effort in the second half of the year to get remotely close.

Recall that when he was on the cusp of missing the FedEx Cup series, he skipped a chance to play in the Greensboro event, which might have earned him enough points to get him in the playoffs, as it has for other players needing a last-minute boost. Then when the FedEx series ended, Woods skipped entering Fall Series events at Sea Island, Las Vegas and Disney World, when he was clearly healthy enough to play.

He also could have played in the PGA Tour's semi-official CIMB and HSBC Champions event in China, which followed the Fall Series, but he signed up for a series of exhibitions in Asia and Australia, instead. All of those events pony up huge sums to be associated with the PGA Tour and would have loved to have Woods in the field.

What kind of message is the tour sending to its own tournaments by letting a guy slide on ground rules two years in a row, so that he can collect a paycheck overseas at an event that draws eyeballs away from its own product?

The Golf Channel reports that Peter Ripa, the new tournament director at the Farmers Insurance event at Torrey Pines, learned that Woods was playing in Abu Dhabi when he read about it Wednesday morning.

Nice way to start the workday, much less a new job, huh? A guy who was once his main drawing card will be playing on the opposite end of the world, with the PGA Tour's blessing.

Category: Golf
Comments

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 10:57 pm
 

Woods bails on U.S. events, with PGA Tour consent

@vendorz....yes...it is stated in the article isn't it?



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2011 5:54 pm
 

Woods bails on U.S. events, with PGA Tour consent

from tiger's standpoint, it's a slam dunk....a big appearance fee sure beats having to make a pga 36 hole cut to possibly get a big check.  BUT...
imagine if enough star pga players start to have the same viewpoint. what's the pga going to say? "gee, it's okay for tiger to do this, but not you?"

there's no faster way to destroy an organization than from within....and you have to believe there ARE pga players that are not pleased with this
decision, plus the sponsors who put up big bucks to get the best to play here. it's not good "form" to let your bread and butter people stew while
you treat them like second class citizens.....and the fans, well, maybe they'll start to wise up and realize that good ole tiger could care less about
them and more about his almighty bank account.  think about that next time you hear him say how much it means for him to have the fans 
cheering him on. 


ka ching!!!!        
;  



Since: Mar 17, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2011 2:05 am
 

Woods bails on U.S. events, with PGA Tour consent

I've enjoyed going to Torrey Pines to watch Tiger. But there are other players now that are really starting to make a name. Good Luck Tiger. I hope you kick some European __.  Everyone needs to come to the Farmer's. It is usually great weather and San Diego has places to eat and drink.



Since: Feb 1, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2011 10:24 pm
 

Woods bails on U.S. events, with PGA Tour consent

"He also could have played in the PGA Tour's semi-official CIMB and HSBC Champions event in China, which followed the Fall Series, but he signed up for a series of exhibitions in Asia and Australia, instead."

ummm... he didnt play the HSBC champions event because he didnt qualify. hard to blame the guy for that one.



Since: Jul 23, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 6:11 am
 

Woods bails on U.S. events, with PGA Tour consent

In addition to an easy payday, Tiger can get acquainted with some of the fine Russian ladies that notoriously work the Emirates.  His game has been getting better, and I think there is a direct negative correlation between the number of babes he is bedding, andhis golf score.  I really should visit Melbourne apparently.



Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: November 20, 2011 9:39 pm
 

Woods bails on U.S. events, with PGA Tour consent

If it wasn't for Tiger Elling would be unemployed.



Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: November 20, 2011 9:19 pm
 

Woods bails on U.S. events, with PGA Tour consent

Doesn't Elling have enough rope yet? When will he finally hang himself? If there is any tolerating done here, it is CBSSports on a maligning, vengeful Elling.



Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: November 20, 2011 8:59 pm
 

Woods bails on U.S. events, with PGA Tour consent

See the link below. I think Fred Couples knows a little more about golf than Steve Elling  



Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: November 20, 2011 9:56 am
 

Woods bails on U.S. events, with PGA Tour consent

I agree the media is hypocritical but they have research and data to back it up.  We as the consumer want it.  We love negative stories.  We also love to watch dominating players and teams.  Notre Dame and the Yankees are so popular because of so many of the haters.  Tiger is the last PGA player to dominate the tour.  Not only dominate, but he didn't miss a cut so he was on tv during the weekend.  Nobody else is even close to doing that.  Mickelson could have been the one, but he disappears in stretches and misses quite a few cuts.  How about Rory?  Wins the US open in his 4th year.  Other majors in 2011:  15th, 25th, and 64th.  That's not dominating or Tiger like.  Luke isn't dominating although playing well - for 9 little months.  Let's check back in a couple years.  How about Padraig who won 3 majors in about 12 months in 2007/2008?  83rd.  He is ranked lower than Tiger.  How does a guy win 3 majors and less than 3 years later suck?  He didn't have tabloid material marital problems and major surgery either. 

Tiger is the greatest golfer ever and the most hated ever.  That's a perfect ratings mix, baby.



Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: November 20, 2011 8:08 am
 

Woods bails on U.S. events, with PGA Tour consent

LOL, so why is this such a story Tiger haters. It is like the Yankees , everyone wants to watch them either to watch them win or lose. Think about it, so  many haters are worried that he is not playing, he must be doing  something right for the PGA. He is the best ever, enough said.


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