Finchem dispels a notion


There were more theories than alligators at TPC Sawgrass Thursday and Friday about Tiger Woods departure from The Players after nine holes.

Some believe he was faking the injury based on the way he took the stairs to his car two at a time. There was talk that his body is breaking down because of performance enhancing drugs. One of the theories floated out there — that Woods was pressured to play by the Tour.

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, in an interview on CNBC, denied that allegation.
“It’s always important for Tiger to be part of the tour, because he’s Tiger Woods. But the idea that we would pressure him to play is ludicrous. We don’t pressure any player to play the tournament.

“In this case the suggestion is somehow he was hurt and we got him to play anyway. Tiger doesn’t [play] a tournament unless he thinks he can win. I was on the range with him Tuesday, I watched him hit balls. He practiced that day, he practiced Wednesday hard. And he tweaked it yesterday. So, non-issue.”


  1. When Woods was sponsored by Buick, he didn’t even play in all their signature tournaments if HE didn’t want to.
    When he was at his best, I saw a slo-mo of his swing where he torqued his back more than I had ever seen, and on the follow-through his left foot came off the ground. I said, “He’s not going to be able to do that for 20 years.”