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Posted on: December 4, 2011 7:37 pm
Edited on: December 4, 2011 7:53 pm
 

Victory at last: Woods ends slump at 25 months

ORLANDO, Fla. – Forget the look of sheer relief, unbridled glee, steely vindication or whatever best describes Tiger Woods' first-blush reaction as it crossed his mug on the 18th green at Sherwood Country Club.

The more interesting expression flashed across the face of his final-round playing partner, Zach Johnson, who was stationed a few yards away.

As Woods cannily rolled in an eight-footer for birdie on the final hole to win the Chevron World Challenge, Johnson looked at caddie Damon Green with something close to a resigned smirk on his face, then shrugged.

Like most, Johnson figured Woods would come back and win at some point, and after 25 mostly brutal months, it finally happened Sunday night, at Johnson’s expense.

The circumstances – the last two seasons notwithstanding – looked all too familiar for anybody who has followed Woods’ career.

One stroke behind Johnson with two holes to play, Woods rolled in birdie putts on the last two holes to win for the first time in a career-long 749 days, signaling that to some degree, he's put his scandal, multiple injury issues and swing concerns behind him.

Sure, it was a no-cut boutique event with only 17 other players. It was unofficial and the money didn’t count. But at this point, winning a four-ball match at his home track would do wonders for his self-esteem and confidence, so the circumstances ought to make for a nervous off-season for his brethren. Has the party started again? In an uncharacteristic move, Woods' camp sent champagn to the media center afterward.


“Any different?” Woods said of the overdue victory vibe. “It feels great. It’s kind of hard for me to elaborate beyond that. I know it’s been awhile, but in some ways it feels like it hasn’t.”

By his standards, it had been forever.

Woods hasn’t won an official tournament since November, 2009, and while the Silly Season win won’t change his PGA Tour total, which still stands at 71, Woods said the best part was that Sunday's back nine felt like the proverbial riding of a bike. Though he has faltered numerous times over the two-year drought, including holding a share of the lead at the Masters on Sunday in April, he hadn’t completely forgotten how to deliver the goods when the familiar pressure mounted.

“It felt normal,” he said. “I felt very comfortable. I have been here so many times, I just feel very comfortable being in that position. Was I nervous? Absolutely. I am always nervous in that position, but I am comfortable in that position.”

Nobody is asserting that he’s all the way back – there were plenty of loose shots and signals on the weekend to insist otherwise -- but for the first time since before his celebrated crash, Woods made meaningful putts as the scrappy Johnson put all sorts of heat on him.

“If the man is healthy, that's paramount,” Johnson said. “I mean, he's the most experienced and the best player I've ever played with. In every situation, he knows how to execute and win.”

Never one to articulate his feelings, Woods had a hard time expressing what was at the fore of his emotions – be it satisfaction, relief or simple unmitigated joy.

“Whatever it is, it feels pretty good,” he said.

It ought to make Christmas, and his 36th birthday later this month, a bit more endurable. Otherwise, Woods would have faced two more months of scrutiny until his next start with growing doubts about his ability to produce under duress. Last year at the Chevron event, positioned to end his slump at 13 months, he blew a four-shot lead in the final round and lost in a playoff to Graeme McDowell.

McDowell knocked in a birdie on the final hole of regulation and another one on the first playoff hole at Sherwood and Woods couldn’t answer. This time, After Johnson birdied the 16th to take a one-shot lead, Woods was the one who poured in the birdies on the last two holes.

“I pulled it off, from one down with two to go, and to go birdie-birdie is as good as it gets,” he said.

After a season of scheduling fits and spurts because of injury and poor play, Woods seemed to gradually find some semblance of rhythm this fall, just in time to take an offseason seat. In other words, now that he’s won, the final sanctioned stroke-play event of the year in the States is in the books.

He was hardly wringing his hands about putting it in park for a while.

“Actually, I am not [disappointed], because I have pushed pretty hard,” he said. “I have taken very, very few days off. My mind and my body are wanting a little bit of a break. I wanna shut it down for a couple of weeks.”

The bounce from the win, unofficial or not, was more than just emotional. His stock had fallen so precipitously after starting the year at No. 2 in the world, he was in danger of not qualifying for the Chevron tournament – which he hosts -- by falling out of the top 50 at the eligibility deadline. But because the short-field Chevron event receives ranking points, the victory jumped him from 52nd to a projected 21st in this week’s rankings.

“When the pressure was on the most the last two holes,” Woods said, “I hit three of the best shots I hit all week and that’s very exciting for me.”

That was self-evident. When the winning putt rolled in on the 18th green, Woods screamed something the lip readers will have to decipher, conducted a familiar fist-pumping victory celebration, then shook Johnson’s hand.

“Immediate thoughts?” Woods said of the victorious putt. “I wasn’t really thinking. I think I was yelling.”

So was the crowd, which was at least as pumped as he was to have seen progress in his career reinvention, comeback, or whatever it ought to be called. Fans cheered “Tiger’s back” after the victory. Woods laughed when asked about it.

“One of my buddies texted me an old LL Cool J lyric: ‘Can’t call it a comeback, been here for years,’” Woods said.

Well, that’s hardly the unvarnished truth – there had been far more L’s than W’s lately, not to mention some MC Hammers, as he calls missing the cut. Woods has mostly been a non-factor for months, missing tournaments for months at a time and rarely contending when he was able-bodied enough to play. But if the putts on the last two holes are any indication, the 72nd-hole look on Johnson’s face could soon be making a comeback, just like Woods himself.

For the first time in forever, nearly everybody had the feeling that Woods would bury the winning putt, just like old times. It seemed like that old sense of the inevitable end was back.

That certainly would explain the expression on Johnson's face.

“In this game, I'm never surprised with the way the guys are able to execute and hit shots,” Johnson said. “I think he would be the epitome of that example.”

Category: Golf
Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:32 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2011 12:34 pm
 

As game slips, Woods still master of storytelling

ORLANDO, Fla. -- It’s not exactly news that Tiger Woods has credibility issues, especially among those who are really paying attention.

Seriously, outside of some elected officials and a handful of SEC football coaches, few public figures so routinely bend the truth to suit whatever agenda they might have.

With Woods, sometimes it’s as though he is, um, evasive by default -- about the most mindless issues. Case in point: How many golf balls he was hitting as he tried to ramp up his game to his former level of prowess.

Playing this week as host of the unofficial Chevron World Challenge in suburban Los Angeles, Woods said he began practicing without restriction only a few weeks ago, a big reason his play has been so sloppy at times since ending a three-month layoff over the summer.

Hmmm, interesting.

Woods didn’t play for three months because of a knee injury, and when he returned for the Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship during consecutive weeks in August, he was specifically asked about ball-count limitations in practice and his expectations for the week.

“No [ball count], and same as always, hasn't changed, expectation level,” he said on Aug. 2.

So, when he again alluded to his diminished practice regimen at the Chevron event Wednesday, he was asked about when he was released from any ball-count restrictions.

“It was probably two weeks after the PGA,” Woods said.

It’s not exactly a trick question, is it?

Woods has issued so many half-truths, evasions, misdirections and outright canards -- particularly about his physical condition -- it's become a subject of levity among the beat writers. What purpose do his latest fact-or-fiction exercises serve? To provide more wiggle room as to why his game hasn't improved more quickly?

Beats me. And that's the truth.

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Tags: tiger woods
 
Posted on: November 17, 2011 12:59 am
Edited on: November 17, 2011 2:22 am
 

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

ORLANDO, Fla. – Before the matches started, as a means of underscoring the comparative lateness of the hour here in the States, it was noted that if Tiger Woods’ foursomes opener at the Presidents Cup went all 18 holes, it would end sometime around 2 a.m., ET.

Not to worry.

Adam Scott and K.J. Choi sent American fans to bed far earlier than anticipated.

With the worst beating of his career in international play, the former world No. 1 and partner Steve Stricker were buried in 12 holes, suffering a 7-and-6 loss in alternate shot on Thursday at Royal Melbourne.

It matched the worst beating in the history of the Presidents Cup and marked the lone loss on day one by the American side, which jumped to a 4-2 lead.

Even the analysts on the Golf Channel called their play “terrible,” and that was being generous.

Stricker and Woods were 4-0 as a team at the last Presidents Cup matches in 2009, but given the particulars of the present, that likely wasn’t going to happen again this year. Woods hasn’t won in over two years and Stricker hadn’t played in two months because of bulging disc in his neck.

“Unfortunately, they got off to a quick start and we couldn’t keep up,” Woods said.

The Dream Team was pounded across the board. Stricker and Woods were 3 over for 12 holes, didn't win a hole and couldn’t muster a single birdie. Meanwhile, Scott and Choi were solid, and ended the match when the South Korean rolled in a 10-footer. The International team was 3 under over the same stretch.

“The other guys obviously didn’t play their best,” Scott said, charitably.

There were no vestiges of the recent verbal tiff between Woods and Scott’s caddie, Steve Williams, who worked for 13 years for Woods before being fired over the summer. The pairing, the final foursomes match off the tee during the opening day, drew a huge strong, perhaps half the crowd estimated at 25,000 for the day.

If they came to watch an ugly upset, they got one.

Not to put words in his mouth, but somethere, based on his publicly known proclivity for bluntness, Williams is probably calling this one an "arse-whipping."

“It seemed like we were always just a little bit off,” Stricker said.

Since the event began in 1994, the only other time a match went 12 holes was when South Africa’s David Frost beat American Kenny Perry by the same score in 1996.

Have they lost the magic? After a solid start as partners at the Ryder Cup last year, Stricker and Woods lost their last match, 6-and-5, which represented Woods' worst Ryder defeat ever.

Not surprisingly, Woods will be paired with Dustin Johnson in Friday's best-ball format, against Aussies Jason Day and Aaron Baddeley.

Posted on: November 16, 2011 3:57 pm
 

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


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
Posted on: November 13, 2011 12:26 am
Edited on: November 13, 2011 12:42 am
 

Woods takes biggest stride yet toward reclamation

Two days shy of two years ago, Tiger Woods won his last professional tournament at the Australian Masters, edging feisty journeyman Greg Chalmers.

This time, the Aussie left-hander exacted his revenge, extending Woods' drought in the process -- though Woods made it clear that another win seems just around the corner.

Despite a vintage run that had the Aussie crowd holding its breath at times on the back nine, Chalmers held off the former world No. 1 to win the Emirates Australian Open by two shots at The Lakes Golf Club outside Sydney.

Woods finished third at 11 under and threw everything he had at Chalmers down the stretch, and for a couple of hours, it looked as though his career-worst two-year skid was about to end.

You remember this dude, right?

He wore the traditional red shirt. For the first time in months, meaningful putts actually fell. The crowd, sensing another characteristic comeback, started going berserk. There were fist pumps and the assassin’s stare that had been absent for so long.

Even though he fell short, Woods seemed as relieved to have finally traded haymakers with foes on a Sunday back nine as he was grumbling about one that got away. At last showing signs of progress, he was asked when he’d again be ranked No. 1.

He never blinked.

“I don’t know,” Woods said. “I’ve just got to keep plugging along.”

It was as though his personal and professional nightmare was about to end -- but Chalmers, 38, who won the 1998 Aussie Open, didn’t blink.

“I fought as hard as I could all day,” Woods said, “Unfortunately it looks like it’ll be a couple of shots short.”

The week had some ups and downs, but it will clearly be received as a major step forward since he hadn’t contended since the spring, and not on the back nine on Sunday since an unofficial event he hosted 11 months ago.

After blowing the 36-hole lead with a sloppy third round, Woods began the final day six shots back, but started climbing back into the mix in the middle of the round. Despite two bogeys in a three-hole stretch, Woods twice crept within a stroke of Chalmers, a PGA Tour member with one of the game’s sweetest putting strokes.

Generating the loudest cheer of the week, Woods chipped in from behind the green on the par-5 14th for an eagle to close within one, but Chalmers, playing behind Woods, answered. Same thing an hour later, after Woods had knocked his approach on the par-5 17to to within 12 feet for eagle, but settled for a birdie and a 5-under 67.

Yet a moment later, Chalmers made a birdie of his own from 30 inches at the 15th to restore a two-shot lead.

Woods, who has fallen 56 spots to No. 58 in the world this season, shot a 3-over 75 in the third round. Tuesday marks the two-year anniversary of Woods’ last victory in any sanctioned event, at the 2009 Aussie Masters. Two weeks later, he drove his car into a tree and his dark professional spiral began.

Still trying to sort out his swing under pressure, Woods put together his best effort since the Masters, but made a couple of crucial mistakes off the tee, making a bogey on the par-5 11th and then hitting his tee shot that plugged into the mud near a water hazard on the short 13th, a drivable par-4 for some players. He made another bogey there.

“I shouldn’t have gone for it,” Woods said of his tee ball, which nearly landed in a pond, but plugged in the mud instead. “Driver’s too much, a 3-wood’s not enough. I should have laid up. Unfortunately, I made the wrong decision.”

Woods will next play in the Presidents Cup matches next week in Melbourne.

Posted on: November 7, 2011 4:33 pm
 

Slippery slope? Valvoline sticks with Williams

ORLANDO, Fla. -- In addition to being given a free pass by his new boss and the professional game’s disciplinary corps, it appears that Steve Williams’ headline-grabbing statement about Tiger Woods won’t cost him financially, either.

A spokesman for Ashland Inc., the Kentucky-based firm that owns Valvoline and has an endorsement deal with the controversial caddie, said Monday that the company has communicated with Williams and is effectively satisfied with his apology.

Williams, who races cars in his native New Zealand during the offseason, has had an endorsement deal with Valvoline for several years and prominently wears the company logo on his shirt while serving as a caddie on the PGA Tour.

Williams uttered a crude racial remark about former boss Tiger Woods on Friday night at an informal caddie awards banquet in China, prompting inquiries as to whether Valvoline might sever ties, given the blowback.

“This is Steve Williams, his conduct,” Ashland spokesman Jim Vitak said. “We’re not speaking for Steve Williams … He has a contract with us, a legal contract.”

Well, for now, anyway.

“We do periodically review contracts at appropriate points in time,” Vitak added.

The length and terms of the deal are unclear. Vitak gave no indication that the logo on Williams’ shirt will be disappearing anytime soon, either. Williams and his current boss, Adam Scott, will be side by side this week at the Australian Open, where they will be under some heavy scrutiny.

“I don’t get involved with what apparel is worn,” Vitak said. “But yes, he does still have a contract.”

Williams also wears a Titleist hat when on the golf course, the manufacturer of Scott’s clubs, and multiple inquiries to the company’s publicist in Connecticut have gone unanswered.

Williams caddied 13 years for Woods before he was fired by the former world No. 1 in July.

Posted on: November 7, 2011 11:12 am
Edited on: November 7, 2011 11:47 am
 

Williams explains slur to Kiwis, makes it worse

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Steve Williams was in his comfort zone.

Speaking before members of his fraternity, clearly comfortable that he was among friends, self-assured that he had nothing but allies lending a sympathetic ear.

Sound familiar?

No, we’re not talking about the now-infamous caddie awards banquet on Friday night in China, where Williams offered a racial slur about former boss Tiger Woods that has since become the biggest topic in global golf.

Nope, we’re referencing a radio interview that Williams did with New Zealand talk-shot host Murray Deaker shortly before Sunday’s final round of the World Golf Championships mega-money HSBC Champions event in Shanghai.

Deaker freely professed to being Williams’ “mate” during the broadcast on influential Newstalk ZB in Auckland, and went out of his way to give his countryman every chance to explain away his comments at the raucous caddie dinner, where Williams received an award and used the term “black arse----” in reference to part of Woods’ anatomy.

Despite offering an apology on his website the day after his Woods quote came to light in several international publications, Williams seemed anything but contrite in the radio interview. At ease and clearly comfortable while speaking to a familiar audience in New Zealand’s most populated city, Williams was downright dismissive of the reaction his comments have caused.

Deaker began the interview by offering an olive branch, if not a get-out-of-jail-free card, to Williams by excusing the comments since they were uttered at a caddie function where hilarity was the order of the day.

Said Deaker: “I wonder if we understand the environment where the Steve Williams comments were passed. It was a caddies’ function …. I think a caddies' function would be somewhat different, than suddenly what you have to say there appearing, stark, in newspapers around the world, and front pages at that.”

Williams, speaking from Shanghai, attempted to set the context of the scene in a posh Shanghai hotel, where his verbal bomb went off.

“It’s an annual thing they have at the HSBC championship here in Shanghai, an annual caddie awards ceremony,” Williams said by phone. “It’s strictly for caddies only. Of course, some of the media invite themselves along. It’s kind of like a locker-room environment, everyone was having a good time. My comments were by no means the worst comments that were passed – there was a lot of profanity and other kinds of remarks.

“Just because I make a remark regarding my former employee (sic), it gets blown way out of proportion. You know, it’s absolutely ridiculous.”

Deaker cited a report in a prominent U.K. paper, the Daily Mail, which stated that several jaws dropped in the banquet room when Williams offered the slur. Williams said quite the opposite was true.

“No,” Williams said. “It’s incredible when you are actually there and at something, and you can even perceive that when you watch a game of rugby and are there and watch it and you read in the paper the difference of opinion between you watching and a reporter viewing it.

“It’s the same thing. It was a fun sort of thing and everyone laughed their heads off. So what you read is absolutely ridiculous.”

Everyone laughed their heads off? Interestingly, a couple of caddies wasted no time in communicating their thoughts about Williams to scribes staying in Shanghai, though few spoke for attribution.

Deaker, clearly intent on helping Williams clean up his mess, suggested that stories quoting anonymous caddies had been completely fabricated by the print media. One caddie who was not identified was quoted in a story as saying of Williams, “We knew he was an idiot, but we didn’t know he was a racist idiot.”

“Murray, you make one comment like that in a room having a bit of fun, how does that make you a racist?” Williams said. “We live in a country that is multi-cultural society and we owe a hell of a lot of our ancestry and tradition and culture in New Zealand to a lot of the Polynesian communities and that. I don’t think you can say anyone in New Zealand is a racist.

“We live in the Maori culture, which is a great culture, along with a lot of island people. New Zealanders in no way, I don’t think any New Zealander, is racist. That’s so far off beat it’s a joke.”

Speaking of jokes, that’s what Williams says his crack about Woods was intended to be. He said defensively that other humor of the night and said he had no idea that he had stepped on his tongue publicly yet again.

“I wasn’t the first person up on stage and having listened to some of the profanity that was used and coming from some of the players that were in attendance as well, and then listening to the HSCB spokesperson who got up and made a speech, and listened to some of his comments that were very funny but way worse than mine -- no one mentioned anything about what he had to say.

“I didn’t give it one thought, to be honest with you.”

Well, certainly not beforehand, anyway. Sort of makes his apology ring hollow, no?

Given the banquet’s rowdy nature, Deaker asked why this had happened to Williams.

“I think, obviously, having worked for my former employee (sic), anything that’s linked to him – and of course I worked for him for a substantial amount of time – any sort of controversy that somebody can make up, I think that’s the sort they love to do.

“Like I said, it is absolutely making a mountain hill out of a mole hole. I am not worried about it one bit.”

Sounds like he’s really learned a lesson, huh?

The PGA and European tours on Sunday jointly declined to sanction Williams over his comments, though it's within their purview to do so. Williams' new boss, Adam Scott, reiterated Sunday that he will not bench Williams and the pair are set to team up at three big events in Scott's native Australia over the next month, including the Australian Open and Presidents Cup matches over the next two weeks.

Category: Golf
Posted on: November 6, 2011 2:16 pm
 

Finchem downright preachy in 2008 race mess

Something about throwing rocks and glass houses comes to mind.

After the HSBC Champions event concluded in Shanghai on Sunday night, the commissioners of the PGA and European tours offered a joint statement about the perceived racial slur that had been directed at Tiger Woods by his former caddie, Steve Williams.

Considering the game's often shameful racial history, Williams' comment became a global issue within hours, though it took two days for the tours to muster up any comment.

It was not worth the wait.

“The International Federation of PGA Tours feels strongly there is no place for any form of racism in ours or any other sport,” the statement said. “We consider the remarks of Steve Williams, as reported, entirely unacceptable in whatever context.

"We are aware that he has apologized fully and we trust we will not hear such remarks ever again. Based on this, we consider the matter closed, and we will have no further comment.”

How hollow are those words, which weren't even attributed to a particular individual? Decide for yourself.

The PGA Tour is empowered to sanction caddies, but in this case the Ponte Vedra brass elected to stand back and take no action beyond issuing a weak tongue-lashing delivered to media via email and fax machine.

Yet in 2008, when the Golf Channel and Golfweek magazine became jointly embroiled in a similar racially tinged issue after a network employee bungled an attempt at humor on the air about Woods that included the phrase, "lynch him in a back alley," the tour ultimately seized on the moment.

After Golfweek published a cover shot of a hangman's noose in an attempt to underscore the jarring imagery of the network's words, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem accused the magazine of tabloid journalism.

"We consider Golfweek's imagery of a swinging noose on its cover to be outrageous and irresponsible," Finchem said. "It smacks of tabloid journalism. It was a naked attempt to inflame and keep alive an incident that was heading to an appropriate conclusion."

Appropriate in his mind, anyway. Yet when presented three years later with the opportunity to sanction a de facto employee for a similar verbal offense -- again, the tour has the power to discipline caddies even though they are not payroll employees -- Finchem did what he has always done.

Absolutely nada.

When it comes to patrolling his own backyard, or the neighbords in which the tour has business interests, is it possible there is a pattern emerging here?

Whereas in 2008, Finchem defend the on-air personality who uttered the "lynching" statement -- like the Williams comment, it was intended to be light-hearted but missed by an acre or four. Then he pulled no punches regarding the magazine cover published the following week.

The tour already had a multi-year contract in place with the Golf Channel and also had a deal with Golf Digest, which publishes GolfWorld, a competing weekly to Golfweek. Surely, it was just a coincidence.

"We have partnerships with a lot of media companies," tour communications chief Ty Votaw said at the time. "This was an editorial decision that Tim was expressing an opinion about. I don't think anyone should read anything else into it. It was simply a reaction to the image on the cover."

When it comes to reacting to disturbing images created by the words of those inside his own gallery ropes, different standards apply.

 
 
 
 
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